You a big fan of the Beck/Brown design?  - Show off yours.

Here's mine: an early Red Scorpion Six WSK (RSS-WSK) I got used from eBay:


My current solution for carrying it:




The foldover Kydex sheath is a custom job from Mike Billman of Grindstone Cutlery out of Ft Wayne IN @  www.grindstonecutlery.com . I might have him make me one with grommets all around to facilitate attachment to belts, harnesses,  etc.

I've shaped the grip, reground the edge to ~20 degrees, and ground down the notching sawteeth that extended nearly to the blade tip (I was concerned about them being a stress point where the tip might snap off if struck or dropped).

I like many more features of this variation of the Beck design compared to the TOPS Tom Brown Tracker (TTBT):
1. The handle is MUCH more comfy & less "blocky" than the TTBT
2. The quarter round is MUCH more pronounced & effective
3. Lighter & mass more evenly distributed - the TTBT is a thick chunk of steel
4. Steel is more corrosion resistant & holds a wicked edge

An observation of the quarter round: while designed to be used mainly as a gut hook to open up game, I've learned it also tends to catch & cut similar to a hawksbill or karambit when used to slice.

To get used to the blade, I've used in the yard to remove junk (Brazilian Pepper) trees, clean up Palmettos, and even use it like a sickle on tall weeds. My vintage 1943 USGI machete has been outclassed as a chopper by the WSK, although I'm certain that this has mostly to do with the (lack of an) edge on the long blade. It's hatcheted effectively through pine branches, etc. The draw knife portion performed as advertised when cleaning off small branches from sapling trunks, and was very handy when I made a crude bow for my son.

In the kitchen, I've used it much like I would an Inuit ulu, a French Chef's knife, and a fillet knife to cut up everything from a huge roast beef, to salad, watermelon, etc. -Yeah, it's kinda silly, maybe ghey, but I've found it's a good way to learn the idiosyncrasies of the use of a particular blade design.

Of course, there's very little to be learned from tameshigiri on cardboard paper towel tubes, water-filled soda cans & water bottles, but the kids think it's a screech and it's terribly fun. 

I’m pretty used to it now, and I’m subconsciously & continually choking up & down on the grip depending on the task to finely control the blade.

If my options are restricted to this tool in a primitive camping, TEOTWAWKI, or whatever scenario, I'd feel pretty well off. It takes up much less space & mass than would an axe or hatchet, a skinner, etc... It's a one-piece multitool.

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There's a user's manual available on the 'net for the TTBT - that'll give you a better idea about how useful this type of blade is.

I've always been a knife geek - I've used everything in the sticks from a cheap shitte imitation rambo knife (hey, it was the '80s), to a Buckmaster, CS Tantos, etc., and this WSK knife seems to be just about the best bang for the buck.

Endeavor to be emulable, not suck, persevere, and, imbue ostrobogulousness. 

here is mine.
it is a RSS Raven the carbon version and a ESK in carbon steel.
both with the sheaths that i make.
you can piggybag the sheaths.







wookie
Another fan. Wink

I have one made by Dave Beck, along with the 4" companion piece, both in the same leather sheath. I carried this rig for most of my deployment to Iraq.

As a single rig, it was quite heavy. I'd use kydex next time and carry them separately. It's O1 steel, but rust wasn't much of an issue as I kept it oiled.

I didn't use the WSK itself much in Baghdad, but used the shit out of the companion knife. When we went to al-Kut and had to clear a bunch of saplings and palms out of our living area, then the WSK was useful. It took down 3-4" diameter trees with no real effort and surprisingly few swings.

My only beef was the very polished handle. I took some Scotch-brite to it and gave it a nice matte texture, and sanded the blade as well, since the finish was shot to hell after Kut.

Yeah, it looks gimmicky, but it really is a lot of knife in a medium-sized package, and I got a lot of good use out of it.
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Well i can say that Iraqi's are scared shitless of them (buddy ran one bolted to a 6004 for a few years).

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Originally posted by 03humpalot:
Well i can say that Iraqi's are scared shitless of them (buddy ran one bolted to a 6004 for a few years).


This. Iraqis wouldn't bat an eye at my M-16A2, but pull that WSK for any reason...crowds would take a full step back.
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Holy necropost, Batman!

Picked up a secondhand Tom Brown Tracker. I went out in the backyard and swung it around for a while, and decided that what some of the detractors of the design have said is true: the blade needs a good regrind.

So, I started to regrind the edge:




More to follow...

Endeavor to be emulable, not suck, persevere, and, imbue ostrobogulousness. 

Originally Posted by parapyropig:
Holy necropost, Batman!

Picked up a secondhand Tom Brown Tracker. I went out in the backyard and swung it around for a while, and decided that what some of the detractors of the design have said is true: the blade needs a good regrind.

So, I started to regrind the edge:




More to follow...

1. Cool blade!

 

2. Must be nice to be single.  I assume this because I know if I clamped MY knife to what appears to be a very nice piece of granite in my kitchen to sharpen it, I would be single (or dead) before I finished it.

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"2. Must be nice to be single.  I assume this because I know if I clamped MY knife to what appears to be a very nice piece of granite in my kitchen to sharpen it, I would be single (or dead) before I finished it."

I've been married to the coolest woman in the world for 22 years. Aluminum is softer than granite, so it's not an issue for her.

SOL: First, I'm terribly flattered that you would consider me worthy of touching a ~$300 blade of your dad's.

Second, I don't know if you realize - I'm doing this by hand; it's taken me the better part of the day to get this far.

Third, I am no Bladesmith: I'm a rank amateur wannabe faker with a Lansky sharpener.

Fourth, if you're still interested… Ask me again after I'm done with this grotesqueness.

Switched from very coarse to coarse:


Cleaned up for inspection:


Giving my hand a rest and taking care of some household chores. Don't want my fingers to be fatigued when I'm slinging stones around a razor. It's said that a blade is not truly yours until it's tasted your blood. So far this one hasn't of me, and I'm quite fine with that.

Endeavor to be emulable, not suck, persevere, and, imbue ostrobogulousness. 

Originally Posted by Consigliere:
 

 

2. Must be nice to be single.  I assume this because I know if I clamped MY knife to what appears to be a very nice piece of granite in my kitchen to sharpen it, I would be single (or dead) before I finished it.

 

 

 

Nah, you just have to use the same gear to keep her kitchen knife sharp and all is well. My sharpening setup makes a gigantic mess(I use Japanese water stones) and she doesn't care at all because I keep her knives and scissors SHARP. 

 

Looking forward to the finished regrind! 

 

 

You guys should check out Scott Gossmans interpretation of the WSK http://shop.gossmanknives.com/...nife-WSKgreencan.htm

Frakkin' hell this thing's a BIG slab of steel. I wish my WSK was made of it...

I've got a vague semblance of a good polish on the edge. It's razor sharp, and about 20° - but I want the geometry to more mimic that of my WSK... Gotta do some looking on the interwebz.

Endeavor to be emulable, not suck, persevere, and, imbue ostrobogulousness. 

Here's mine,it's a Horan which is if I'm correct the only guy that Beck ever taught how to make "his" WSK.

And as always the kick ass kydex work is mine

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Holy crap, that is some fine steel!!!! I'd be afraid to take that out of the house; it's too damn pretty!!!

And now for the rest of the show:

Before:


Guess Who got a belt sander from Harbor freight?


Getting there:




Sharpened:


Compared:


Now, I have to get a custom sheath for it because it won't fit snug in the factory one anymore.

This was my first attempt at wholesale regrinding a blade. Turned out better than I thought it would. Certainly won't win any beauty contests, but it is much more functional this way.

Notice how I reshaped the back half of the handle. I can choke down on the grip and actually hang onto it now.

I did everything barehanded - a "knife dude" most strongly recommended that I do, so that I could tell when the steel was getting too warm. I went so slow that it wasn't an issue.

Endeavor to be emulable, not suck, persevere, and, imbue ostrobogulousness. 

Yeah, I heard about some guy around here.... :-P

I've already contracted one from Grizzly Outdoor.

But worry not; I have a feeling you'll be getting some of my money soon... I have many more ideas in the works.  :-)

Endeavor to be emulable, not suck, persevere, and, imbue ostrobogulousness. 

Originally Posted by parapyropig:
Yeah, I heard about some guy around here.... :-P

I've already contracted one from Grizzly Outdoor.

But worry not; I have a feeling you'll be getting some of my money soon... I have many more ideas in the works.  :-)

Sweet!!! Let me know when I can help.

 

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Okay. Final regrind before being sent off:

I've taken over half a pound of material off of the original blade and handle.

The stock Tom Brown tracker from TOPS pencils in at 28oz!!!! Being overweight for its size was a consistent criticism I found for this iteration of the WSK style knife.

This whole process was a lot less complicated than I had originally thought it would be. If I do anything like this again, however, I'll definitely be wearing a respirator - regardless if I'm outside or not. I can still taste that crap in the back of my throat... Blech.

Endeavor to be emulable, not suck, persevere, and, imbue ostrobogulousness. 

It's ok, most can't understand me face to face much less intardweb.

I was just want to know if you 20* to the flat or you stepped the grind once. Or twice...

I think it looks once but just wanted to know. Looks like a fine job to me, good work.

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