David R. Beck, Knifesmith LLC
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"Fine Cutlery for the Adventurer"  

 The Original BECK "WSK" (WILDERNESS SURVIVAL KNIVES)
**** NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER ****
     These knives were formerly known as the original "TRACKER" knives from the registered trademark, which we were the first to own & stamp on our blades during the '90's. After a brief retirement & the release of the 2003 Paramount Pictures film "The HUNTED" in which our Model "C" TRACKER knives were used & displayed, we resumed making our original TRACKER knife patterns but changed the name to avoid now questionable trademark right disputes. 
In 2003 we were the first to coin the name "WSK" or Wilderness Survival Knife to a knife design. "WSK" has since become a generic term now used by many to describe all sorts of "survival" & Bushcraft knives. But, the only REAL "WSK" is manufactured here at our shop.    
    With over 26 years of refinement from personal service, feedback from customers & extensive field testing & use by top survival instructors & Elite military from around the world, our WSK knives have evolved into perfection & have repeatedly proven themselves in the field from real world survival to combat in many of our country's latest conflicts. Today you will see many variations by other makers but none can match the history, function & performance of our knives which are still the standard by which all others are judged.

    The WSK knives we offer today continue to be entirely hand-crafted from the contouring of the blades to the hand cut saw teeth to ensure the highest degree of craftsmanship & performance. Each blade is made from high carbon tool steel, selectively hardened & tempered for superior edge holding & blade resillience. The blades can be ordered with either a fine wet-sanded satin or blued finish, the handle material of your choice which are permenantly fastened by stainless steel Loveless bolts with solid brass nuts, guaranteed never to loosen, & a brass-lined lanyard hole. Our sheaths are crafted for a custom fit from heavy leather that's been double stitched & finished for long wear. As with all our knives, our WSK's are delivered razor sharp & ready for the field. 

There are many imitations out there but if you want the real thing and performance you can count on, try one of our WSK knives. You'll be pleased you did.

     *CURRENT WAIT TIME TO FILL WSK ORDERS FROM DATE ORDER IS PLACED: Approx. 22-24 months as of January 2016*
Model "C" WSK "The HUNTED" movie sheath version (front view).
Model "C" WSK "The HUNTED" movie sheath version (rear view).
Item#BK023  MODEL "C" Gen2 WSK
 Std. "Swiss Army" type staggered saw teeth.
Full-length distal-tapered tang.
  Click on thumbnails to the left to enlarge & for captions.
 Item# BK026   MODEL "G" WSK
    This WSK design offers even greater handling & chopping performance over our model "C" due its longer blade length. 
Developed from extensive testing & feedback from Search & Rescue, Survival instuctors & active military, this WSK pattern is geared for action, serious "bush-living" & combat survival. 
    The single position handle promotes a secure grip with an increadable feel. The 1/4 x 7-1/4" blade (1" longer than our "C" pattern) aids in more aggressive chopping while the full length distal-tapered tang creates terrific balance for the ultimate control. Flat taper ground bevel blade bevels,  & comes  with our std. scout sheath for multiple carry options. Loaded with attitude, yet all in a package the same size as our Model "C".
    Available in blued or wet-sanded satin blade finish, choice of std. handle materials and two hatchet back variations. For performance & versatility, we consider the "G" WSK to be the best of the WSK knives we ever produced & carry them ourselves. 
Comes w/sheath style of your choice included in price (See available options below). 12-1/4" OAL. (Approx. carry wt=1 lb. 13 oz)        
PRICING : 
(BK026A)  With "Saw teeth" (Same as used on our model "C" Gen2) = $950.00
(BK026B)   Early "Beveled back" version.  *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*
(BK026C)  "Squared-back" version w/hardened & sharp 90 degree edges for ferro
                      rod/flint striking & wet-scraping hides = $875.00
WSK "Piggyback" Scout sheath (two knife set)
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Hatchet Back Options:
Top = "Squared-back"
Bottom = "Saw teeth"
"G" WSK w/"squared-back", satin finish & unpolished blk. linen Micarta.
 Click on thumbnails above to enlarge & for captions.
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 Left:  Model "G" WSK "Squared-back" shown with satin 
           finish & unpolished green & black linen Micarta.
​    The Model "C" pattern, first introduced around 1991, is best known in its Gen1 version as the knife seen & used by Benicio Del Toro in the 2003 Paramount Pictures film "The Hunted". Distinguished by its unique handle shape, hollow ground draw knife bevel & full-length 1/4" thick tang, this knife was the one which started the TRACKER/WSK craze. Although a good working knife, in later years it was more favored as a collectable than one taken into the field. Over time, further refinements were incorporated into the Model "C". While using the same Gen1 pattern, a now flat ground draw knife bevel was added along with a full-length tapered tang & selective heat treatment of the steel to produce a stronger, better balanced blade which proved to have significant performance benefits over the older version. 
This newer version of the Model "C" thus became known as the Model "C" Gen2 WSK which is the version we offer today. 
The Model "C" WSK
* This is the same pattern used for the TRACKER knife seen in "The
   Hunted" but with the improved bevel & tang upgrades.
* 1/4 x 6-1/4" high carbon tool steel blade.    12-1/4" OAL.   
   1 lb. 13 oz. approx. carry weight.
* Available only with the original hand-cut, "Swiss Army" type
   staggered non-clogging saw tooth hatchet back that will cut
   on both the pull & push stoke. Cuts a square notch.
* Full-length tapered tang, Loveless bolts & lined lanyard hole.
* Available with your choice of either a wet-sanded satin or blued
   blade finish.
* Handle material of your choice.
* Comes with the sheath style of your choice included in price.
   (See available options below).
   Model "C" Gen2 WSK Price = $1000.00   (plus shipping). 
Original "PIGGYBACK" WSK Scout Sheath  (Left Pic):
Our Original Std. Scout sheath is fitted with an extra pocket permanently sewn on the front to hold our BK018 "Scout" knife when both knives are ordered together as a two-knife set. Due to the design, the larger portion which holds the WSK knife is not wet-molded on this version, but is folded over & the smaller knife pouch adds stiffness & tension to retain the WSK knife in place.
The small knife pouch is wet-molded & has a retaining flap w/heavy duty mil. spec. snap closure. Made std. w/scout loops but can be order without upon request.
(*Click on thumbnail to the left for a larger view.)
"WOLVERINE SCOUT" WSK SHEATH:  (Right pics)
Although we made the TRACKER knife used in "The Hunted" movie, the sheath seen was fabricated by another. This is our version with an improved wet-molded fit for better knife retention.  Although not as versatile as our original "Std. Scout" as this sheath does not feature a vertical side-carry belt loop & thus is designed so it can only be worn in "scout" fashion across the small of the back, it's extra wide "scout" loops provide better carry support & will hold our WSK knives more rigidly in place if this method of carry is preferred. 
The two "scout" loops are adjustable in length by use of a series of lacing holes & nylon cord. Stiff, wet-molded leather grips the knife firmly & carries the blade with the edge facing down for a more comfortable & faster to deploy draw. 
Note: Due to the design & contouring, this sheath cannot be fit to carry the smaller BK018 Scout companion knife as our Original "Std. Scout" sheaths can.  

(*Click on the thumbnail to the right for larger views.) 
 Above: Model "C" Gen2 WSK w/blued finish & unpolished
               blk. linen Micarta handle.
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New for 2016  #BK026LT  Model "G" Light Weight 
Designed for fast handling & greater control, this new WSK is quickly becoming a favorite of those who are looking to reduce kit weight in the field without compromising efficiency. Although not quite as rigid as our 1/4" version, this WSK, made from the same Model "G" pattern but with thinner 3/16" thick tool steel is plenty tough for all practical purposes & sacrifices nothing in chopping performance. We have thoroughly put these knives to the test & will say they are now our "go-to" WSK model when we take to the woods. Tapered tang is std. & comes with the sheath style of your choice (see options below).
3/16 x 7-1/4" blade. 12-1/4" OAL. Approx. carry weight with sheath = 1 lb. 9 oz.  

(BK026LTA) Model "G" light weight w/saw teeth = $850.00
(BK026LTC) Model "G: light weight "square back" = $800.00

 *Read the in-depth review by Kevin Estela of our model "G" Light Weight along with our BK018 Scout knife & new "FACS"
  sheath carry system in the 2016 Issue# 23 of RECOIL Magazine (pages 156 - 162).

PIC Below: Model "G" Light Weight (BK026LTA) shown w/saw teeth, unpolished green & blk. linen Micarta, satin finish and
        optional matching BK018 Scout companion knife.
       
WSK Sheath Styles & Available Options
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​ "FACS" (Field Adaptable Carry System) WSK SHEATH (Shown below)
 Out latest design. Wet-molded for glove-like fit, & rectangular shape with generous belt loop for vertical side carry. What sets  
 this sheath apart is that the wider welting permits the addition of optional mounting holes that can be installed between the
  rows of stitching so removable leather straps secured by binder screws can be added, transforming this into a modular-carry
  system where smaller knives & other accessories can be secured. The nice thing is that not only can a BK018 Scout knife be
  secured to the front of the sheath, but unlike our original "piggyback" scout model, the smaller knife (if ordered with the WSK)
  can be removed for separate carry as can all accessories including the "scout" loops. Mounting holes are optional & only
  installed upon request. A full series of holes consists of (7) unlined holes along the longest side, & (2) holes lined w/brass
  grommets at the bottom, although fewer can be installed if one doesn't need a full series which also produces a cleaner look.   
  Note: In its basic configuration, this sheath is only equipped with a vertical side-carry belt loop & no mounting holes installed.
  Scout loops don't cost extra but must be requested as an accessory. 

  Some add-on options to our "FACS" sheath will include: 
  Scout loops, large & small accessory gear pouches, Baldrick rig that can hang from a shoulder strap or waist belt, accessory panel
  (w/integral scout loops) for mounting aftermarket accessories & other items that are not compatible w/our mounting strap layout,
  D-rings & "survival sling" which is shoulder strap made from 1" 4000 lb. safety-rated Sterling mil. spec. tubular climbing webbing
  that can be disassembled into an 8' length to use as an emergency load-bearing safety or climbing strap, fixed or removable
  ferro rod loops & also a 1/16 x 3/4 x 4" ferro rod striker/blade burnisher with screw driver tip to fit the mounting hardware binder
  screws for reconfiguring the sheath set up in the field. Some options above are only compatible to our "FACS" sheaths.
  (Note: The designs & details for the above accessories have been finalized & we will list more details along with pricing as soon as
  we have pics ready for posting here which we hope to have available soon. Pricing on these coming items is now available though
  upon inquiry). Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

 *Click on the thumbnails below for examples of our "FACS" sheaths in their std. (basic) form, or how they can be set up with a
   BK018 Scout knife & other options.
WSK & SCOUT knife FACS sheaths. Std. (BASIC) design w/no mounting holes. Front view.
(Note: Prototype set shown w/rivets not now used).
WSK & FACS sheaths. Std. (Basic) design w/no mounting holes. Rear view.
FACS sheath w/brass lined (grommeted) lower mounting holes.
WSK & BK018 Scout knife FACS sheaths mounted together w/large accessory pouch.
WSK FACS shown w/removable "scout" loops & BK018 FACS w/scout loops & large pouch.
WSKS FACS w/scout loops & large pouch shown in hi-ride position. BK018 FACS sheath shown with partial series of mounting holes.
WSK FACS w/scout loops & large pouch in Low-ride position.
Disassembled WSK & BK018 Scout knife FACS sheath combo shown w/removable scout loops. mounting straps/hardware & large accessory pouch.
 *More pics showing additional configurations on how these sheaths can be set up along with more accessories to come soon. 
  All WSK knives come with the sheath style of your choice & are included in the price of the knife.
Sheaths are made in black leather only. Please specify type, & right or left hand orientation when ordering your knife. 
As with our other knives, WSK knives can be ordered without sheaths upon request for those who desire to make their own
or have a sheath maker they'd prefer fabricate something special. If ordered without a sheath we would deduct our sheath cost from the knife prices listed above. 
Note: Replacement sheaths can be ordered for all our knives, although due to the nature of our work, depending upon the model we may require the knife returned to us to ensure proper fitting. We do not fabricate sheaths for knives not made by us.
"Original Std. Scout" Sheath:  ((Right pics.)
This is the original pattern we began using during early '90's. Crafted from heavy bridle leather, wet-molded for a glove-like fit, std. belt loop for vertical side carry & the addition of fixed 1" wide  "scout" loops that are sewn on the front, wrap around the back & riveted onto the welting. "Scout" loops increase carry versatility to enable the sheath to also be worn cross-draw on the front, or horizontally across the small of the back in the "Scout" position.  
Note: On this style sheath, when worn in the "scout" position behind the back, the blade rides with the saw teeth down, thus you will be drawing the knife out with the edge up. While this may appear awkward at first, the user will quickly adjust & this is the best method of carrying these type knives for the saw teeth will provide a better grip to help keep the knife more securely in place during rigorous travel.
Although "Scout" loops are std., this sheath can be ordered without loops upon request for those who won't utilize this feature & want a cleaner appearance. 
  *Click on thumbnails above to enlarge.
*Click thumbnails above to enlarge.