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 Persistence in adhering to crafting our knives using more traditional "hands-on" methods has enabled us to 
 offer the kind of top-quality knives which kept customers knocking on our door. While this can be viewed as a
 good sign we're doing something right, the downside with trying to meet an ever growing demand can present quite
 a challenge for a small business. With the number of incoming orders exceeding our manufacturing abilities, & a
 waiting list now reaching into three years, we have found ourselves in a difficult position. 
    In an effort to address this situation, we have been working many extended hours & weekends, but at the cost of
 valuable family time, daily stress, & constantly pushing ourselves closer to burnout which has taken our business
 into an unfavorable direction.
    Because we now believe that in order to continue in this trade & offer the quality of knives our customers expect
 from us, while regaining the personal family & rest time we also need, we must employ some major changes to
 ensure we will be able to continue offering our knives for many  more years to come. 

   After trying several options with little success, we decided that as of March 19, 2017 to temporarily stop accepting 
 all new "made-to-order" knife requests until further notice. WSK knives included. 

                      (Posted March 19, 2017)
         (We are still taking orders for  Hide Scrapers & info on these can be found on our "Custom Knife Line" page)  

What does this mean, & how will this affect our customers & existing orders?
 1. We are not, nor do we have, any thought of closing our business. We will continue operating as a full-time
     knife shop but just won't be accepting any new orders until we are better able to fill requests within a more
     reasonable time frame.

 2. For those who have placed orders prior to this change going into effect & are already on our waiting list, 
     you have no need to be concerned. If you can give us your patience & understanding, we will be filling every
     order request & will contact you shortly before we're ready to get started. At that time, along with making sure
     you're still interested, we will confirm the details of your order, & you will have the opportunity to make
     changes before we begin manufacturing your knife(s). Our "WSK Knives" web page will remain up on our
     site so you can continue to view all available options for your consideration. 

 3. Once we reduce our waiting list to a more manageable level & are better able to keep up with the demand, we
     will post an update here when we resume accepting new requests for "made-to-order" knives once again.

 4. We will be slowing down to more reasonable work hours. This will create a longer wait time to fill existing
     orders, but by making a more enjoyable work environment bringing the fun part back into our business as it 
     used to be, we will also be able to invest greater attention to detail thus producing higher quality products our
     customers will be more pleased with.

 5. We will be working on new knife models & accessory designs we never had the chance to perfect before due
      to our overwhelming work schedule.

 6. We will also be working on small batches of some really special knives we'd like to begin listing on a regular
     basis for your review & immediate purchase. These can be viewed on our "Finished Knives For Sale" page as
     they become available.

    Although we know these changes may present an inconvenience & displeasure for some, we are hoping the
 changes we are instituting will serve to strengthen our business & enable us to provide a better service to all our
 customers in the future. We'd like to thank everyone for your understanding & support. 
    Should you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. The best way at this time to reach us is
 by email, but if you do decide to give us a call, please be sure to leave a brief message along with your phone# &
 best time frame to return your call. 
    Be aware that due to the large number of messages we respond to on a daily basis, at some times one could   
 expect a few days delay to receive our reply, but we do respond to every inquiry. Correspondence regarding 
 orders currently being worked on in the shop take priority & we try to respond the same day to help avoid any 
 issues that could cause completion delays. 

 Thank you;
 David R. Beck Knifesmith LLC 
​* Knife Sale:  The next group of finished knives will be posted on Monday, Nov. 13th @ 9:00 PM EST. See the "Finished Knives For Sale" page for details.