Dave Beck Pic Thread -post em if ya got em

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  1. Snake Eyes 3211

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    A knife maker who doesn't get a lot of recognition for his work, as most of his stuff is put in vaults and safes.

    If you got some of his work , post up some pics! If you know the backdrop of the blades that makes them even more interesting.

    Action Pics are also welcome.

    Here is a Beck WSK 010 The Hunted Model:
    NON-tapered Tang
    hollow grind
    Up-to-date Differential Heat treat:
    wolverine Sheath

    Beck made this specific model off the original designed Tracker but with his up-to-date heat treat . Making it pretty rare.


    From Dave,
    Thanks for your inquiry & also for your great find. The knife you have is actually a model "C" Gen1 Tracker/WSK. This is the old version that I actually began making in 1991 & also was the same version of my model "C" that was used for "The Hunted" movie. The old ones differed very slightly in contouring from one year to the next as this model went through a lot of "tweaking" over the years but basically this the same although the older ones were all stamped with the TRACKER trademark on the side in big letters & were heat treated differently. I made over 500 of the older knives until I had stopped producing them around 1999. When I brought this version back is was because there were many who wanted an exact copy of the knife used in the movie. This newer release, (which is designated by the prefix "H" before the ser#) indicates that it's not only an exact copy of the movie knife but also comes with the much improved selective heat treatment that offers much better performance & strength than the older ones. These were offered up through last year but then discontinued because they were replaced with the Gen2 version.


    Yes this a Safe Queen;

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    f side by side with MP Medicine Blade

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    Here is my Beck WSK user
    Tapered tang
    flat grind
    up-to-date differential heat treat
    standard sheath

    My first tapered tang blade, I didn't know how much I would like it. Dave explained to me, his new, redesigned WSK with now a flat grind is his best work. I concur. makes it weight-forward without causing hot spots for fine work.
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    Lets see some Becks, new, old, used, or one-offs.
     
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    A newer WSK "C" and a vintage Porcupine.

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    Here's my Beck Tracker and Kestral Set... No user pics yet, but it has seen some use. Pretty rare, stainless steel set, 440C.

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    28.8 KB uplink established...

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    Oh you guys with your little WSKs are just cute as a button! Adorable!!! :7:

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    ^^^ That is badass cellis. That a Beck Bolo?
     
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    It's a Bush Pilot #3 they aren't listed on his website anymore so I'm not sure if he still makes them.
     
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    Bill your killing me with this thread... Now I want one... Time to start digging for change in the couch
     
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    Dave Beck 'TRACKER'

    Well.. the man said post 'em if you got 'em....

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    Dave Beck info on this set....

    There was a time when I wasn't using serial numbers & only stamped the steel type on the blades.
    Given the stamping I'd have to estimate these were made between 1996 & '98.
    As for the finish, I did black teflon coat a few of these years ago but most were just bead blasted & blued.
    If Teflon coated that would probably put the knives around 1997-'99 for a manufacturing date.
    I stopped using the TRACKER trademark stamping in 1998 but there were some of these knives that didn't
    get fully finished until the following year.

    "Dave"
     
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    I've been lucky enough to own three. Here is my user in various stages of life.

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    That was one I got from a good friend that sadly passed away before Christmas. Made in the mid-90's, sort of a semi-skinner pattern. Bird's eye maple handle
    Had that one along yesterday when Scott and I were hanging with Dave. I believe he said he only made a few of them. Has a Randall #19 feel to it.
    I know the Tracker is his flag ship but it's his other blades that shine.
    Got to go through some old catalogs Dave had and wow such a collection he had and real cool to see how his knife making has evolved. He also love feedback and wants opinions on his work.
    His forged work is what gets me and hopefully he'll be able to do more of them in the future.
    I'm proud to call him friend and feel blessed to live close by. We are in the works for an outing and share a fire.
     
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    cellis, glad to see it with more scrapes and dings. Looks better than when I sold it to you. Just proof that Dave's blade look so much better used.
     
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    I have not heard of him, and I hope "being put in safes" does not mean his product is very costly as I look for utility.
     
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    More recent pic of my current duo. "C" model #573 and vintage Porcupine.
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    Porcupine at work.
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    "C" model Do-Stick.
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    My very first WSK "C" model #560. Got this back in 2003 and the pictures are from 2003. It's long gone but I still have some pics.
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    Another pic of #560 assisting in making figure 4.
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    Continued
     
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    Naturalist, Dave's knives aren't cheap. But the Tracker's are particularly expensive... I think base price is about $800, direct. Secondary market prices are higher. Used to be really high, when Dave wasn't actively producing them, but they've come down. I've seen some going for as little as $1,000.

    That said, his other work is much more reasonably priced, direct and secondary... and he makes some really nice, useable knives.

    I spent quite a bit on mine, second hand. They were used, but cleaned up and re-sharpened by Dave prior to my receiving them. I use mine. I have another set on order direct from Dave. Those may get stored.
     
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    I love seeing those Beck's with actual work... it's one of the reasons the Tracker thread is my favorite here.
     
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    My old Bush Pilot #3 (now owned by cellis) and hide scraper companion (also owned by cellis)
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    Pre IAWoodsman video hide scraper use.
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    Not shown is my old 8 inch blade Pathfinder. Long gone.
     
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    I love these pics guys!

    I really like the Bush Pilot#3!!!

    Thanks for posting!
     
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    Awsome thread hope theres more to come.
     
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    I really like the looks of the Porcupine
     
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    Good looking Beck knives posted here. :dblthumb:
    Scott
     
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    Here is my beck Hide scraper, modified with Skabs forged awl and flint striker : perfect pocket kit. I did the Terry B thing and put a 90 degree on the on the spine.

    This little $30 dollar piece of kit has dozens of uses.

    Pictured with a wolf creek forge striker from OLJ.:

    Here is its together:

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    here is some of my primitive kit:
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    This thread has some awesome examples of Daves work. Keep em coming guys.
     
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    Not trying to speak for Dave because that comes down to hearsay but in our conversation he mentioned that he is a big fan of Moras.
    He likes the steel and the solid package for the price.
    Also likes hammer forging but has to hold back in doing many of them. The pictures Scott took has two great examples of his hammered 5160. I really wanted that longhunter style but he was quick to say it wasn't going anywhere, don't blame him!
     
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    New one courtesy of Thom Darrah:

    Gen 1 Beck Green river:

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    1/8th thick, brass pins, desert ironwood handles. Razor sharp.
     
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    That's a beauty buddy, Thom Darrah is a very generous man
     
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    Thom who?
     
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    Sorry Thom... Edited to include your last name [emoji4]
     
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    Do any of you fine Beck Owners know what a used WSK is going for these days... I very much have the itch and want to see if one is in my realm of affordability if I get rid of some stuff... Thanks in advance
     
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    $850-$1500 respectively.

    Also depends what model and vintage.
     
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    Thank you sir
     
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    Very welcome.

    They arn't cheap by any stretch, but as thomdarrah has expalined in the past (not verbatim), when you lay down a k-note for one you really feel like you get your money's worth.
     
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    I just emailed dave to be added to his list... Time to start saving my pennies
     
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    Just arrived from Dave Beck today, Beck WSK "C" #707 and an Beck HideScrapper

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    ^^^ Dangler attachment? <win.
     
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    Amazing blades!!! Some day I will have to save my pennies for a new tracker. But the old TOPS one still works. :) The hide scraper is amazing too. Is there a wait on those?
     
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    The D rings on the sheath were a custom request by me to allow for a shoulder carry conversion.
     
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    Not usually buddy. He has them for sale at different times. Check with Dave he might have a few left.
     
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    I just ordered one... Quoted 12-14 months
     
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    The wait time on this order was 14 months, patience is paramount!
     
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    Very, very nice. I really like your addition of D-rings to the scout sheath. Well done man.
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised to see Dave add this D-ring feature to the WSK sheath. I have a shoulder sling coming from Kifaru, I'll post a picture of the it attached once it arrives.
     
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    He should. It's a super idea. Yes, please post pics. Look forward to seeing it all set up.
     
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    I've got a few more ill try to get pictures of this weekend.

    Really like the D ring addition to the WSK sheath!
     
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    Have to respect the passion of the Beck enthusiast.

    He makes good tools.

    Really like the companion blade that JR3 got recently.
     
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    A couple of skinners, Nessmuk, one of two leather washer stick tangs made, Bowie.
    The bottom picture is one that Scott Gossman finished from a blank bought from Dave Beck. And one that looks suspicious to me, grind lines look good but the knife has a rough handle( possibly an early Beck or a forgery? I don't know).
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