David R. Beck, Knifesmith LLC
Call Us: +1-610-670-5319
"Fine Cutlery for the Adventurer"  

                       Individually Handcrafted Knives Custom Made To Order. 
            Shop Hours:
  Open by appointment only.

            Phone Hours:
  Mon. - Fri.  9am-8pm EST
              David R. Beck Knifesmith LLC
138 Elwyn Avenue, Sinking Spring, PA 19608
    ​Whether you're a novice outdoorsman or a seasoned adventurer living life on the edge, your journey has just led you to some of the highest quality, field-proven knives you can depend upon to get you to your farthest destination and back.


​  Above pic: Late 1990's Vintage TRACKER With Discontinued 
  Trademark Stamping. Shown For Collectors Referrence Only.
Model "C" TRACKER/WSK Knife
               All Our Knives Are Proudly Handcrafted In The U.S.A.
David R. Beck, designer & maker of the Original "TRACKER" knife seen and 
used in the 2003 Paramount Pictures Film "The HUNTED", starring Benicio Del Torro & Tommy Lee Jones. *Now called the "WSK" (Wilderness Survival Knife) 

Note: The term "WSK" now used by many, was first coined by this maker.
The Original BECK "WSK" Knife. Copied by many, Equalled by None.
Welcome to the home of David R. Beck Knifesmith LLC;
      If You're searching for the finest in wilderness survival/bushcrafting knives, 
                                  you're journey has just led you to the destination of every woodsman's dreams.
The Finest In Bushcraft, Survival & Special Purpose Cutlery & Tools
  For The Serious Backwoods Adventurer & Wilderness Professional
​Who We Are
    We're not your average knife company.
As life-long students & practitioners of wilderness survival/Bushcrafting skills with over forty years experience, along with nearly as much learning time in the trade of knifecrafting, here you'll find a maker who not only crafts knives, but has the history & "dirt-time" in the field to understand the intimate qualities & techniques required to design & craft knives our customers can depend upon to deliver results they need.
    Although predominantly known as being the actual designer/maker of the TRACKER survival knife used by Benicio Del Toro in the 2003 Paramount Pictures film "The Hunted", we also offer a broad line of other knives to fill everyones requirements. For those not familiar with our history, although making knives for many years prior, it wasn't until 1991 when David R. Beck first opened his shop for business, primarily serving the wilderness survival community. At that time he not only offered his TRACKER, but also many other knives which continued periodically up through 2005. With the later re-opening of the knife shop & formation of David R. Beck Knifesmith LLC to offer full-time custom knifesmithing services, we not only continued where Dave left off, but also began putting to use many years of feedback gathered from our on-going client relationships within Elite military, survival/bushcrafting & outdoor adventurer circles from all over the world, who to this day, continue to evaluate the performance of our knives. The value of this insight, along with now well-refined knife crafting skills, enabled us to elevate the design, quality & performance of our knives to a world-class level. 
    Our company is still run by David R. Beck, who continues to personally manufacture all our knives. Today we are proud to say that through our dedication & hard work, we have earned a consistantly stellar reputation for not just the quality & efficient design of our knives, but also for our friendly, personalized customer attention; a combination that is rarely found today.
Read on & you'll discover why a BECK-made knife may be the best investment you can make.
​About Our Knives
What Our Customers Can Expect; (The Materials, Manufacturing & More)
    We strongly believe in the "minimalist" approach to our wilderness adventures, in that we prefer relying to a greater extent on our skills in the field rather than become dependent upon the latest gear & gadgets which only serve to promote a false sense of security, temporary comfort, and added burden to our kits. But, there are some tools with inherent value worth acquiring. Only by facing the use of limited resources in the field, can one truly understand the significant role the knife plays in our daily lives. Outside of well-practiced skills, the knife is unquestionably, the most valuable & depended-upon tool you'll ever posess. It's an indespensible tool that can determine the outcome of ones wilderness experience. Ours have been used to provide food, make other tools, shelter & clothing, give comfort on those long lonely nights while far off the beaten path, more than once a savior of life, and many, have served as faithful companions to our servicemen while abroad giving their all to protect our freedom.
    In one sense, the knife can be considered a luxury as it adds convenience when executing daily tasks, but if you've ever spent much time using stone tools, or struggling with less effective cheap quality commercially-made knives, you'll quickly learn just how reliant you are on this one item & why it doesn't require much thought to understand the need to invest in the best you can afford to help increase your likelihood of success & pleasure while out in the "wild places".
    Driven by years experience both in the field & in the profession of custom knifesmithing, it has become our obsession to design & craft the absolute finest knives possible to address the practical & rigid needs both professional & dedicated outdoorsmen demand.
    Here at our shop we are very "old-school". We don't outsource any of our work, nor employ state-of-the-art equipment to mass-produce our knives. Every knife is entirely hand-crafted exclusively by David R. Beck himself, the old way. Although considered rather "primitive" by modern standards & requires more time, we prefer our "hands-on" method of crafting knives as it enables us to retain a very close relationship with our work so quality, attention to detail & dependable performance in the field can be pushed to the highest degree possible.

    The knives we produce today are a reflection of our extensive survival/bushcraft training & hard-earned experience in the custom knife making trade. They are made to be some of the finest in the world & are designed for rugged use. If sensible use is applied, they will endure your wildest travels to the most remote corners of the world & be ready for your next adventure upon your return. These are the knives men have staked their lives upon. They are designed for the woodsman & true professional adventurer.
    Here you'll find skillfully hand-crafted bushcraft & hunting knives to serious survival & trail knives to cover all your needs from whittling fish hooks & dressing your moose kill to blazing your way through the most challenging environments. Our knives have been time-proven from the fields of combat to the camp kitchen. With so many of our knives going into the hands of professionals such as, survival instructors, hunters & wilderness guides, world adventurers & elite military from all over the world, to celebrities, hikers & outdoorsmen from all walks of life & levels of experience, we refuse to cut corners & offer anything less than our best.
    If you're tired of the average & ready for something special, & possibly the last knife you'll ever need, you've come to the right place. Our knives are certain to exceed your expectations in every way. You may pay less elsewhere, but for those who out of profession, personal need, or just plain desire, can't settle for anything less than the best, give one of our knives a try. Once you do, you'll wonder why you've deprived yourself for so long.
​  *  All "BECK" knives are entirely MADE IN THE USA here at our shop so you're supporting AMERICAN craftsmen.

  *  The Blade:
      Our blades are crafted exclusively from 01 high carbon tool steel w/flat-ground bevels & are selectively hardened & tempered for a tough cutting edge & soft back.
      Our special heat treatment follows the curvature of the edge rather than treating the entire blade. This combination of top-notch knife steel, well executed design, and
      skillfully-applied heat treatment creates the perfect balance between materials & application to achieve superior performance in strength & improved edge retention
      while exhibiting an ease of sharpening in the field. 
      Our blades are also designed to be very resilient for an increased level of safety. The selective tempering we use allows our blades to have some "give", demonstrate
      greater shock absorbence, & better withstand a higher level of stress that would more easily damage other knives. This is a very important feature for combat-use knives, 
      or in the event situational need demands a blade that will better tolorate the upper limits of its intended use. While our knives are certainly not indestructable, it's nice to
      know that the extra measures we invest into our blades to deliver their most, can also help provide a safer product for our customers.
      The combination of our high carbon steel selection & specialized heat treatment also has another benefit as it delivers astounding blade resilience, so we can make
      thinner-bladed knives demonstrate similar strength & penetration performance qualities that would normally only be found in heavier-bladed commercial counterparts. 
      This level of optimized performance relates to a lighter weight knife that will perform like a heavier one without compromize; a very desirable feature for those who not only
      need a tough, dependable tool, but also need to travel light & must be more selective on the gear they carry.  
      Varying by model & design, the hardened area on the spine of our blades start at the point & typically extends about 1/4-1/3rd back towards the handle. We leave sharp
      90 degree edges within this temper zone on the spine so it can be used to cast a splendid shower of sparks from a ferro rod. The remainder of the spine being soft & not
      efficient for sparking, is deburred so not to be abrasive on the thumb when bearing down for aggressive or extended carving sessions.
      Our knives that have blades thicker than 1/8" are made std. with a tapered tang. Meaning, the tang starts at full thickness just forward of the handle & thins as it nears the
      butt end. Tapered tangs are used to lessen carry weight & establish better balance for improved handling & control without any sacrifice in strength. Those which don't  
      beneft from this feature are made with nontapered tangs to reduce unnecessary customer cost, although a tapered tang tan be added to any knife upon request (at an extra
      cost) for those who prefer the customized appearance this feature presents.
      Unless noted in a knife's description, all are full tangs, meaning that the tang runs the full length of the handle & is visible all the way around for increased handle support.
      All our blades are hand-honed to a razor's edge on a whetstone prior to shipment so your new knife is ready for the field the day it arrives.

*    The Blade Finish:
      All our knives come std. with a fine wet-sanded satin finish which is not only very pleasing to the eye, but eases maintenance in the event you want to remove any 
      staining or rust spots that may develop on the blade during use.
      With our std. satin finish, the temper line created by our selective heat treat process may not be readily visible on our knives when new. But after some use & contact with
      plant & animal fats, oils & acids, a nice patina will develop with the temper line becomming much more distinct as the blade "ages".
      Bluing: A blued finish is available at a minimal extra cost. This produces a darker, more subdued finish.
      Note: None of our blade finishes wil inhibit corrosion so it's recommended that our blades be kept well oiled or waxed for protection.
                 Blades are shipped pre-coated to help protect the finish while in transit.

*    The Handle:
      All handles are permanently secured with epoxy & Loveless bolts & are guaranteed never to loosen. Each is ergonomically contoured to better fit the natural shape of the 
      hand for an incredibly comfortable feel & positive grip. In fact, one of the first things our customers typically comment on is how comfortable our handles are. 
      We offer a variety of handle materials to select from with Micarta being the best for all environments & conditions. Natural hardwoods receive an oil/wax finish for added
      protection & to expose the deepest beauty of the material, while Micarta, can either be requested polished, or unpolished (finely sanded) for a more subdued appearance
      w/a slightly less slippery feel.
      Unless otherwise requested, lined lanyard holes are std. for all our knives & will accommodate a "550" cord.

*    The Sheath:
       Our std. sheaths are hand-crafted from a heavy black bridal leather, wet-molded for a glove-like fit, double-stitched with strong nylon thread, riveted in high stress areas as
       needed & complimented with a special oil/wax finish for greater wear resistance & long-lasting protection of our knives. All are fitted with a generous belt loop & are
       designed to be worn in a vertical, side-carry position. Sheaths can be requested in either right or left hand orientation. Sheaths come in black leather only.

*    Options & Services:
      Many additional options & services are available to customize our knives to fit your special needs & desires. 
      Refer to our "Options & Services" page for more details. This page also contains info on upcomming products & the latest news from David R. Beck Knifesmith LLC.

*    Customer Service:
      Excellent before & after-sale customer service with personal attention to all emails & phone calls by David R. Beck himself.

*    A Limited Lifetime Warranty comes with all our new knives.

*    Information on knife care, maintenance, use & safety is included with every order. *For your safety, all information should be read in full prior to handling your new knife.
      (Although we believe our customers are the most intelligent folks out there or you wouldn't be on this site, our lawyers will still be pleased with us for adding that last part).