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Review Dave Beck Forager

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by Aias, Dec 22, 2019.

  1. Aias

    Aias

    Aug 1, 2012
    Hello all,

    You may have heard of Dave Beck, probably because of the Tracker/ WSK of The Hunted fame. I don't have one of his WSKs (yet), but I'm totally sold on his knife-making skills. In this write-up, I'll be focusing on the Forager...

    Here it is new:
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    Specs:
    5" Forager, O1 Steel
    5/32 x 5" blade. 10-1/8" OAL.
    Flat saber-ground bevels & tapered tang.
    Carry wt. = 16oz with sheath

    Since getting it, I've used it a bit, first in the kitchen, then a bit outdoors on my in-laws property. Pics of a little wood carving to come.

    First, let me say that Dave is an awesome guy. Great correspondence, warm and friendly, and totally professional. I first bought his 6" Trail Dog SERE, and have had it and used it for about a year. Excellent outdoors knife--it can do it all and is an alternative to a WSK.

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    And that led me to seek out more... my current collection of Dave's knives:

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    The Forager is somewhere between the 6" Trail Dog and the couple Green Rivers, and is just about perfect as an all-arounder. I'll let the pics do the talking:

    The sheath is wet-formed, tough, and very comfortable vertical or horizontal (small of back):

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    The ergos are truly perfect...

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    Love the balance and tapered tang...

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    Green linen micarta and outdoor glamour shot...

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    Aaaaannnd, a little fun... it performs perfectly, throws sparks, stays sharp...

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    So, I truly love it. It will be the knife I grab the most often--Dave's Forager hits a coveted sweet spot... medium size, not too thick, not too heavy, tough, holds an edge, versatile sheath.

    Dave told me that he'll be having a Forager and a few other blades available on his website sometime in Feb (besides the regular ordering procedures), and his WSK books should be opening soon. I'm definitely gunning for a WSK... maybe more of the others too.



    Thanks for looking!
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2019
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  2. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    That's a good looking knife I wouldn't mind having. I really like that Trail dog though as I'm a sucker for the bowie type blades.
     
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  3. Aias

    Aias

    Aug 1, 2012
    Thanks—yeah, the Trail Dog is a big knife that carries pretty effortlessly too... 3/16ths, tapered tang, differentially hardened
     
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  4. Aias

    Aias

    Aug 1, 2012
    A couple more pics...

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    6" Trail Dog SERE

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  5. jfk1110

    jfk1110 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    I've been a BECK admirer for a while now! Very nice assortment of his work you have there! Green linen is pretty stuff!! Enjoy and may they serve you well!!!
     
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  6. Aias

    Aias

    Aug 1, 2012
    Thanks--yeah, I've really come to love Dave's knives. The only other maker's knives that I have several of is Lon Humphrey--equally great guy and tremendous craftsman.

    Here's a pic of a quickly made figure four I showed my son how to whittle. The Forager served very well!

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  7. WILLIAM.M

    WILLIAM.M Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    Excellent review and photos

    thanks
     
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