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

                               Handcrafted Knives Custom Made In the USA 
              David R. Beck Knifesmith LLC
                     138 Elwyn Avenue
               Sinking Spring, PA 19608
       Email: drbeckknives@comcast.net

        Shop hours: By appointment only.
        Phone hours: 9am - 5pm EST
    ​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 Model "C" Gen2 TRACKER Knife
with discontinued Trademark stamping. 
Shown For Collectors Reference Only.
Model "C" TRACKER/WSK Knife
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.
The Finest In Bushcraft, Survival & Special Purpose Cutlery & Tools
  For The Serious Backwoods Adventurer & Wilderness Professional
​About Us
    As lifelong students & practitioners of wilderness survival/bushcrafting skills, along with over thirty years of crafting knives for outdoor & military communities world-wide, our combined experience in the field & knife shop has enabled us to produce truly world class cutlery that meets the demands of discriminating knife connoisseurs to the outdoor professional requiring knives that will deliver unyielding performance & dependability you can stake you life on. Our customer commitment & "no-compromise" attitude in how we craft our knives has earned us a stellar reputation as one of the finest makers of survival/bushcrafting knives today.
    Our knives have been time-proven from the fields of combat to the most remote wilderness areas on earth. Due to their high level of craftsmanship & investment quality, our knives are not only favored by collectors, but will also be found in the hands of weekend woodsmen, hikers, historical re-enactors, world adventurers, professional hunters & survival/bushcrafting instructors, Search & Rescue, law enforcement & Elite Military from all over the world, & have even been seen on television to major motion picture film. 
    If you've been searching for that special knife that'll give you a lifetime of reliable service & are actually a pleasure to use, give us a try. Once you've experienced one of our knives you'll wonder why you've deprived yourself for so long. Our knives are simply made to be some of the best in the world. They are a proven investment for collectors, dependable performers in the field, & worthy family heirlooms to be passed down to your next generation as they find their path in the forest.   
​About Our Knives
 Unless otherwise noted per knife description, all "BECK" branded knives come std. with the following features:

* Every knife is made exclusively by David R. Beck himself.

* Entirely crafted here in the USA at our custom knife shop using "old-School" hands-on methods from the blade, specialized in-house heat
   treatment to the sheath. Even our saw teeth are hand cut using files. We use only the best raw materials available & compromise no detail to
   ensure the highest attention to quality, design, feel, fit & finish for the ultimate in customer satisfaction.

* The Blade: Crafted exclusively from 01 high carbon tool steel for resilience, superior edge retention & ease of sharpening in the field.
   Blade thickness is carefully selected to optimize the best combination of strength to cutting efficiency.
   Blade bevels are hand-ground & will vary from full flat, flat saber, true Scandi, modified scandi, or convex depending upon the knife's design
   & intended use. Each type has its merits & disadvantages but are selected wisely for the best strength & performance per design. Blades grind
   types are specific to the knife model & to ensure optimum performance & safety thus changes are not an available customer option. 
   Additional details regarding bevel types are addressed in a knife's description. 

* Heat Treatment: A true skill & art perfected here in our shop. All blades are differentially hardened & tempered "in-house" for a hard edge & soft
   back. The hardened zone follows the curvature of the edge & extends partially into the tang rather than treating the entire blade. This specialized
   heat treatment along with proper steel selection produces the perfect balance between material, method of manufacture & application to optimize 
   performance levels & also increase stress tolerance lessening the risk of blade failure when our knives must be deployed to their upper limits of
   their intended use. This last quality demonstrates we're not only concerned about peak performance, but also take extra steps to help promote a 
   better margin of safety for the user. This is an area often neglected, but a feature that's very important to us & many of our professional clients
   who demand a knife they can count on to go the distance. 
   Note: Our differential heat treatment produces a temper line, but this is not highly visible on newly finished blades. As the blade "ages" from use 
   & develops a patina, the temper line will become more pronounced. This characteristic will be most visible on our satin finished blades. 

* All our blades are hand-honed will arrive extremely sharp & ready for the field right out of the box.

* Sharp 90 degree edges are left on the spine closer to the point that falls within the tempered zone of our blades for casting a splendid shower of
   sparks from a ferro rod. The remainder of the spine being soft, & not as efficient for sparking or scraping, is lightly de-burred to be less wearing
   on the thumb during extended carving sessions.

* Tangs: Unless otherwise stated in their description, all our knives utilize full tang construction, meaning the tang is visible all around the handle
   for strength & greater handle support. Most knives are made std. with tapered tangs which start at full thickness just forward of the handle and
   become thinner as it nears the butt. Tapered tangs improve balance, handling, control & also reduce carry weight without any compromise in
   strength. Knives which don't benefit from this feature are made w/non-tapered (full thickness) tangs to save unnecessary customer cost.

* Blade Finish: 
   Satin: Our std. finish. A fine silvery but low reflective finish. Laboriously applied by wet-sanding to 320 grit followed by hand rubbing with
              with a scotch bright pad. The easiest to maintain. Should discoloration or rust occur, simple maintenance will restore without fear of
              harming the blade.
   Blued: A combination of chemical bluing agents applied over a satin finish produces a dark blue to gray/black appearance & is available on any
               knife upon request.
NOTE: None of our finishes will inhibit corrosion or staining. Oiling or waxing the blade is recommended for surface protection & all knives are
             shipped pre-coated to protect the finish while in transit. This protective coating should be removed prior to using our knives for food
             preparation but should be maintained when stored or carried in the field. 

* THE HANDLE: All our handles are permanently secured with epoxy & Loveless bolts & are guaranteed never to loosen under normal use.
   Each is ergonomically contoured for an incredibly comfortable feel & positive grip. In the past we have offered many different handle materials,
   but today Micarta has vastly become our favorite material of choice & at this time is the only we offer & recommend for our knives & there's
   good reason; It not only looks nice, but its durability for all environments & conditions is unmatched. It's virtually indestructible, requires no
   maintenance, & is simply the best choice for hard-use knives in the field that just cant fail. 
   Every knife comes with your choice of Micarta which is available in several colors & can be requested with either a highly polished, or
   unpolished finish for a more subdued appearance & slightly less slippery grip.
   Unless otherwise noted, all knives are made std. with lined lanyard holes large enough to accommodate a "550" cord.
   Colored tang spacers are an optional add-on to any knife upon request at an extra cost. 

* THE SHEATH: All our knives come with sheaths crafted from specially selected black bridle leather, wet-molded for a glove-like fit, double
   stitched with strong nylon thread, riveted in high stress areas as needed in high stress areas & complimented with a special oil/wax finish inside &
   out for increased durability, water resistance & long wear. Sheaths are available in right or left hand orientation but come in black leather only.
NOTE: Most of our knives come with a std. type sheath design that incorporates a generous belt loop for vertical side-carry only, although some
             knives may be available with optional "scout" loops (upon request) for those who require greater versatility & who would also like to be
             able to carry their knives cross-draw on the front, or horizontally behind-the-back. 
            WSK knives are available with your choice of several sheath styles so they can be carried alone, or with the addition of an accessory knife
            (BK018 Scout) among other possible options, but all can be ordered with an optional ferro rod loop sewn into the welting (extra cost).
            These are 3/8 x 1-1/2" & will accommodate most commercial ferro rods. (At this time we don't presently sell ferro rods).
            *Refer to our "WSK Knives" page for current sheath details &available accessories.

* Pics, along with more details on available handle materials, sheath styles & many other options can be viewed on our "WSK Knives" page.

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

* A 14-day money-back satisfaction guaranty & Limited Lifetime Warranty comes with all our new knives.
   (See our "Terms, Conditions & Warranty" page for complete details)

* Knife care, maintenance, use & safety info is included with every order. *For your safety, all information should be read in full prior to
   handling your new knife.
Our Vintage 1999 Catalog Cover
Our Vintage 2001 Catalog Cover
 Our business continues to grow which is good & demonstrates the value our customers place on our work, but this has also brought some negative issues that affect all of us. Due to an overwhelming amount of orders we've been receiving the past few years which has exceeded our manufacturing abilities, a much longer wait time to fill orders has been created & our stress level
has significantly increased as we continue to work longer hours trying to fill orders that have exceeded previously estimated completion dates. Because we only have limited manufacturing abilities & absolutely refuse to compromise ANY quality to increase output, a decision had to be made to help address the situation at hand & put us on the road to provide a better service for our customers in the future. Until further notice the following changes will be in effect:

1. We are now only taking orders for our WSK & BK018 Scout "Companion" knives & their related accessory components.
    We have temporarily ceased taking new orders for all other knives, special requests, & knives made from a customer's designs.
    We will fill all knife orders that were placed prior to the date of this notice, but please be aware that because we have just
    become aware of how far behind schedule we are, the completion times for many orders may have been grossly mis-calculated
    and could take significantly longer to fill than originally estimated. We are working very hard & assure you we are doing 
    everything we can to get to your order as soon as humanly possible. Should any extended wait time have caused displeasure we
    deeply apologize, but hope you can continue bearing with us through this challenging situation as we assure you it'll be worth the
    wait in the end. We're looking forward to serving you with our best & will contact you as soon as we're able to get begin work on 
    your order.

2. We have always done our best to expedite requests from our servicemen anticipating deployment & will continue to do what we
    can as we feel it's our duty, but with our books now filled to the brim & with no flexibility, we are presently unable to make any
    completion time commitments until we're back to running on a more manageable schedule.

3. We are now limiting the available options we offer for our present knife line. This will enable us to make larger purchases of the
    most requested materials to increase manufacturing efficiency & ensure our knives are only being made from the best materials
    for dependable performance our customers can count on. Please don't inquire about materials, options or services not listed.

4. Please feel free to call if you need to speak to us personally, but keep in mind that most of our time is now being spent in the 
    workshop & may not be available to pick up when you call. If you reach our answering machine, leave a message if you want a
    reply. Include your name, location, phone number. the best time for us to call & a brief massage. We will return your call as soon
    as we are able. For the fastest reply in placing orders & for questions, we advise sending an email to: drbeckknives@comcast.net.
    Be aware that due to the heavy influx of messages which has made it increasingly difficult to keep up with, it may take a few
    days until you receive a reply. We don't like delays ourselves but understand we're doing our best with our limited resources.

5. Although we are presently only taking orders for WSK & our BK018 Scout knives until we are able to reduce our work schedule
    to a more manageable level, throughout the year we will occasionally be making small limited runs of other knives to give us a
    break. These will be finished knives ready for immediate purchase & when available they will be posted on our "Finished Knives
    for Sale" page. Check out this page from time to time to see what's been added to you don't miss out on something special.  

   We'd like to thank all our customers for your support & standing by us. Although it may take some time, as soon as we're able to
   get our business back to a more manageable work schedule we'll resume taking orders for our new survival & bushcraft knives
   waiting to be released.  

                      (Posted Feb. 15, 2016)
         (We are still taking orders for  Hide Scrapers & info on these can be found on our "Custom Knife Line" page)