Dave Beck Pic Thread -post em if ya got em

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    The Beck article was written by my good friend Kevin Estella. The cover knife is sitting next to me as I type this. If you look at the very bottom of the picture, you will see an article for the Ruike P671-CB. That is my very first article for Knives Illustrated!
     
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    @Jaeger how about sharing your own thoughts on the TrailDog Sere; I’m certainly interested.
     
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    Unfortunately, I haven't been able to put it to use since it was shipped to me. I just haven't had time. That said, the blade is heavily inspired by the Falkniven A1. The blade sign is solid and well proven. And we all know how good Dave's heat treat is. The handle is something that Dave has been refining for a while. Frankly, it's what sets it apart from other similar blade designs. It's secure and extremely ergonomic. This knife, like many of Dave's knives, feels like it is more than the sum of its parts. It just feels "right". I'll post more about it when I can actually put it to use.
     
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    @Jaeger Does it have a false top edge or is it sharpened?
     
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    It's a false edge.
     
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    Here's mine, awesome blade! y40lfddjl3ym.jpeg
     
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    Sold my all black Beck wsk to purchase this one. It’s delicious. Older Gen 1 model C with non tapered tang and ivory micarta scales. It’s heavy, but packs a punch. I feel way in over my head with it, but at the same time honored to be its owner for the next season of its life. 7041A6FE-57AD-4369-90BF-FF300043DD85.jpeg C995CB5C-6273-4CE0-BEAC-D0B17A988907.jpeg
     
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    They are not straight up green, but they have some green in them. It’s like a black green mix. Certain light looks black, but you can see green in bright light.
     
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    Must have just been the light, I'm guessing they are the same scales as mine then since mine are black and green micarta.
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    Following the green/black handled Beck theme:

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    Mine are more black than green, but yes, there are hints of green. I will try to get some different pics up later.
     
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    Ok, maybe this will help. The first two pics are direct sunlight, the second two immediately after in shade.

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    Parting shots of a masterpiece.
    Older model super skinner, just sold it.
    I'll let the buyer say who he is.

    Thought I would post some pics while I still have them.
    All the Beck refinements, linen Ivory micarta, full width convex.

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    Mirror polish blade.
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    Ivory Micarta appears to darken with age, not sure if yours does as well, I find it quite nice !
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    Distal taper with slight clip point.
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    Clip point detail.
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    Secondary bevel.
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    My addition of a dangler with machined brass coupler. Hope Dave doesn't mind :rolleyes:
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    Complete set-up.
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    Thanks for looking :42:
     
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    Just picked up my copy at Barnes and Noble this evening.
    The little thumbnail at the bottom of the cover on the Ruike folder is my first article published in Knives Illustrated.
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    I’m on the docket for a SERE in September. Can’t wait!
     
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    I just ordered my first Beck. It is the Saranac and I plan on getting a WSK when he starts making them again. Does anyone have one of these and what are your thoughts?
     
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    Excellent knife.

    I have a few of the Saranacs. The Saranac fits my hand a little better than the Companion.

    The bottom knife in the picture is the larger of the two Saranac, middle knife is a Companion, top knife is a Porcupine.
     
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    I was actually able to speek to Dave on the phone last night to oder mine. It was a pleasant experience and I am very happy to be getting my first Beck. He say by August.
     
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    My homemade variation on the stacked Tracker theme,
    10" Trail Dog Bolo with Explorer riding.

    It still needs a little engineering,
    it's balanced but still a bit bulky,
    so Baldric shoulder carry is the only option.

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    Trying to use Dave'e original holes without any further mods from me, just longer screws.
    Chicago screws hold the ends together, Baldric loop holds the middle,
    Belt loop on the Explorer needs something, maybe another pinned loop.

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    Blood, sap, oil, dirt, dust, and a tiny bit of rust...

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    Mr Beck listed a few knives for sale on his site.
     
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    I was fortunate enough to be able to pick up 6" Ledge Rock #4 on the trade blanket, and I'm rather impatiently awaiting its arrival. After reading through this thread, it appears to have belonged to @IA Woodsman at one point. It's also coming with the Sagewood sheath he had custom made for it.

    It'll be my first Beck, but after conversing with Dave via email the other day, I'm sure it won't be my last. He's an extremely nice gent to speak with, and very helpful.

    Was just wondering if any other Ledge Rock owners would mind sharing some more pics, thoughts or experiences with the blade?
     
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    Here's my Ledgerock no. 2 in the rain, on the trapline. Very crappy pic: 1216141409.jpg
     
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    Another pic with my original SERE and Scott Gossman's Tracker: IMG_0306.JPG
     
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    My older Ledge Rock number 2 size.
    It's smaller than the number 4,
    Total length is 10.25"
    Blade length is 4-7/8"

    Brown scales, less pronounced blade profile.
    Dangler is my addition.
    The semi choil will spark a ferro rod.

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    That’s a lot of Beck for a first one !
    The big number 4 is in the survival knife class,
    A stand alone blade that can chop and baton while being capable of the more common smaller chores.
    The Ledge Rock is one of Dave’s great designs patterned after the American classics.
    Hope you can post some pics.
     
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    Well, my Ledge Rock #4 finally arrived and I'm beyond pleased.

    Here are some before and after photos. I spent a good 4 hours this afternoon hand sanding and polishing every surface, finally degreasing and finishing with Ren Wax.

    Now all that's left is to spend some time at the stones, put a nice fresh edge on it and finally take it into the woods and put my own wear and tear on it.



    As it arrived.

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    And here it is now.

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    ^^^Beautiful knife!^^^
     
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    But now you have to get it dirty again!
     
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    Oh trust me, I certainly will:)

    I was brought up around an old school logger, and one thing he drilled was tool maintenance. Take care of your tools, and they'll take care of you. After every job we'd clean, sharpen and oil the axes and saws. So I've always preferred a well maintained blade over one dirty and covered in patina/rust. I don't mind getting them dirty in the field, but I'll always find the time to clean them up once back home.

    They're a long term companion to me as much as they are a tool, and I like to treat them as such. I also find tool maintenance sort of therapeutic. Lets me just zone out for a little while.

    Nothing against those who prefer patina, I just prefer a clean shine when possible.
     
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    I've sharpened more than a few blades over the years, and like to think I have a fairly solid understanding of how different steel feels on the different stones I use.

    I've both used and sharpened O1 from a couple different makers for years, so I figured this would be no different. I was wrong. This Beck is just something else. It's so smooth on the stones, like the steel itself wants to be sharp. Sharpening this blade is no chore, it's an absolute joy.

    Dave, you sir know how to heat treat some steel!


    And a couple more pics just because:)

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    Clean matt finish is what I like about my Becks.
    I baby my tools as well.
    Another old timer proverb is : A dull tool is a dangerous tool.
    I strop just before heading out, even if I don't end up using it hard in the field,
    I know it was ready.

    Waiting to see that number 4 in the field.
     
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    This is an old video, but you guys might enjoy it.
     
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    It was far too muggy to sleep, so I decided to do something marginally productive instead.

    Couple of $3 glass frames, green textured cardstock and some black printer ink later...

    These should look great in my workshop:)


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    Those look great!
     
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    Thanks,

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    I haven't seen those in many years!!! They look great!


     
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