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Becker Knife & Tool - prototype of 750
"Becker Machax This one is marked: Prototype. It was the first one off the Effingham tooling. We only made about 750 Becker Machaxes, in the total life of the project. They were made of 52-100 steel; the design was made to work like a kukri, in chopping, but with a straight blade, offset from the handle, instead of a curved blade like a kukri. Ethan Becker had made a few of these Machaxes before we took on the project; he used 4140 steel in the ones he’d made." - Mike Stewart, President of Blackjack &  Bark River Knife and Tool Co.

This is an original Becker Machax prototype knife, made by Blackjack in Effingham, Illinois. As you know, Blackjack closed their factory in Effingham in 1997. This prototype knife has a 9-3/8" non-reflective blade that is marked on the left side: Prototype and has a stout black leather sheath that appears to be a standard production one. Both knife and sheath are in mint condition and both have numbered labels (# 72088) attached. This knife is discussed in a letter dated Sept. 17, 2002, by Mike Stewart, Past President of Blackjack. Here are some exerpts from that letter...Thank you for sending me the Beckers to play with! They are all ones we made at Blackjack, in Effingham. As you know, we made the knives designed by Ethan Becker from 1992 until we closed Blackjack in 1997. Ethan designs are tough! They ain't pretty, they don't have a lot of slick finish, but they're tough. And they work very well; I always claimed that Ethan's knives could be used to detail-strip a 54 Buick!  I've used your numbers, and commented on each one...No.220: Becker Machax  This one is marked: Prototype.  It was the first one off the Effingham tooling. We only made about 750 Becker Machaxes, in the total life of the project. They were made of 52-100 steel; the design was made to work like a kukri, in chopping, but with a straight blade, offset from the handle, instead of a curved blade like a kukri. Ethan Becker had made a few of these Machaxes before we took on the project; he used 4140 steel in the ones he'd made...Again, thanks, Bill, for letting me play with some of the big, rough, tough knives we made at Blackjack so long ago. Best Personal Regards, Mike Stewart, Past President of Blackjack Knives, President, Bark River Knife and Tool Co.  

 
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