With the steel at 2100 fahrenheit, the blade is withdrawn from the forge and quenched in oil. Billy tongs hold this finished blade, with aluminized gloves as protection. Even still, the heat from this feels like a sunburn.

At DS&S Tactical...

DS&S was begun with a single design. The specs for that knife, requested by a special operations troop, were carefully looked at, and a blade was fashioned from the very best steel we could find. However, that caused the entire shop to have to be upgraded, as the treatments for the materials needed for the project were outrageous.


Piece-by-piece, what was needed to accomplish the task, was assembled, and our skills improved enough to do the job. All of this created our ZEUS Advanced Combat Knife.

ZEUS Advanced Combat Knife.

The moment the ZEUS was in our hands for the first time, ground-fired and finally real, was amazing. We were very proud to have created a knife with such balance and utility and excellent geometry.


Then we saw a story about an ancient Greek jar - the first depiction of a Spartan warrior on a piece of pottery. And it was at that moment, that we realized there's nothing new on the face of the Earth. You need a knife for the military? It doesn't matter if that individual is living today, or in 490 BC .... the knife will have the same basic specs as the requirements are the same: kill the enemy.


And so, we accidentally re-introduced the Spartan's Xiphos to the battlefield. Since then, we have created knives to specs provided on a number of occasions, and improved on current designs. We are still just a family business. One person does the steel-work, and the other does the sheath-work. But that's how it should be: gear made for legends - all by-hand, and all by-heart.



We make tactical knives for field use.

A Neptune Advanced Assault Knife.

Our tactical tools are the best blades on the modern battlefield. Designed from up-to-date data and specifications from troops in the field, they are crafted with the most advanced, cutting-edge metallurgy available today coupled with proprietary technology and techniques.


We believe in our great country. We believe in freedom. And we believe in our servicemen and women who protect our country and our freedom. DS&S is the family business of a disabled veteran and we want our active troops to have the best gear possible - not some "low-bidder" junk or crappy last-minute, pre-deployment, department store purchase.

A recent firing of a Bullshark Advanced Assault Knife.

We make impossible gear for impossible situations.

A NEMO Advanced Deep Water Knife.

All our items are made by hand, with attention given to the details that are often missed by others. We can make this claim because we have the necessary field experience, imagination, and skills to know both what's needed and what works.


And we put that expertise into the hands of those who protect us from the darkness every day.


At DS&S, we make gear for legends!



Our work would be for nothing, if it weren't for the projects we do for charity. We are very proud of this work, as often we have very little means to accomplish it, and yet it still gets done. 

Tangi River Bullshark

$3500 raised for the Navy SEAL Foundation!

A blade worthy of the greatest warriors in the world!

The Tangi River Valley Bullshark Advanced Combat Knife is the most advanced combat knife ever produced anywhere - and we auctioned it with 100-percent of the proceeds going to the Navy SEAL Foundation to honor the Navy SEALs lost 8/6/2011!


The blade is made from M390 cryogenically treated super-steel infused with nano-particles to create the ultimate super-strength blade because we owe legends our lives and liberty. And nothing but the best will do. Yeah Baby!


The nano-steel blade is paired with a special DRED system self-draining handle and custom fitted concealex sheath with tek-lok clip.


Follow the story of the Tangi River Valley Bullshark Advanced Combat Knife. It stands alone.

2014 Aaron Vaughn Frogman Swim Charity Auction

One of our knives was recently won at auction by a great guy: Col. Allen West, pictured here with Billy Vaughn at the Aaron C. Vaughn Frog Swim. The knife for this event was a special ELMAX super steel design. As always, at DS&S, we make gear for legends.
The 2014 Vaughn Frog Swim knife, built to benefit the children's charity, Operation 300. This knife, the new Poseidon ACV has a beautiful weight, balance and geometry. It was designed by DS&S, to be the flagship 2014 field combat knife.

2013 Aaron Vaughn Frog Swim

The prototype NEMO Advanced Deep Water Knife is presented at the Memorial Frogman Swim.
The Nemo Advanced Deep Water Knife prototype, made for the Vaughns.

Special knife for One Boy USO

The knife made for One Boy USO's Cody Jackson.

We built a special thank you for Cody Jackson of One Boy USO. The special Tramp knife pictured above was created from CTS-204P American Super Steel and coated with Black Diamond DLC. It was specially engraved by The Recognition Place in Albuquerque.

PRIMUS created in memory of SEAL Master Chief Bukowski

The Primus Advanced Assault Knife made in honor of SEAL Master Chief Steve Bukowski. Built from Cowry X super steel with C-TEK handle pieces. Hand-engraved. Perhaps our finest blade made to-date.

Marine Corps Fund

The Dark Horizon (S-Pattern) Advanced Marine Combat Knife just finished. M390 Supersteel, black diamond coated by Ion Bond and diamond engraved by KaMo Engravers of Albuquerque. This is .198 thick, double-edged blade, sharpened by TJ's Cutlery Plus.


special blade presented at ceremonies for destroyer commissioning

Commander of the DDG-112, USS Michael Murphy, Thomas Schultz, holds the knife presented to him - a specially constructed M390 Super Steel ZEUS II Advanced Combat Knife.
A close-up of the Murphy ZEUS II.

At the run-up to the Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Michael Murphy, DS&S Tactical was there.


The DS&S crew was represented by a specially-designed ZEUS II Advanced Combat Knife, handmade sheath and presentation box hand-built and carved by Badoracle. These items were presented to the Murphy's Commander, Thomas Schultz during a historic day as the DDG-112, moored in New York harbor, is prepared for Saturday's event.


The Murphy, a 510 foot destroyer of the Arleigh Burke class, is named after Medal of Honor recipient and Navy SEAL Michael P. Murphy, who died in Operation Red Wings in June 2005. In recognition of the commissioning, the Murphy's fine commander, and in memory of Michael, who's callsign was "Spartan 01," DS&S constructed a modern Spartan Xiphos, titled ZEUS II and built its' associated pieces over the the last couple months. 


Engraved on the blade and the plaque for the box, is the quote from the Spartan King to Xerxes in response to the order to the Spartans to hand over their arms. Written in ancient Greek, the line is fitting for the DDG-112 which carries the motto, "Lead the Fight."


Plutarch said:

"When Xerxes wrote again, 'hand over your arms,' he wrote in reply, "'Come and take them.'"

Badoracle working on the carving for the Murphy presentation box. At DS&S, we make gear for legends.

Marc Alan Lee

In memory of Marc Alan Lee, this blade was created at DS&S Tactical and presented to his mother, Debbie Lee.
The Marc Lee blade is test-fitted to its' carved titanium handles. Both the handles and blade are on their way to be Black Diamond coated. This represents some of our finest work, and materials.

Benefit for Little Warriors

Done in memory of Brian Bill, U.S. Navy SEAL, this knife was auctioned to benefit the charity Little Warriors.

And more about The Little Warriors HERE.

This Bullshark MK-2 Advanced Combat Knife was built for The Little Warriors Charity. It was auctioned to good effect, helping the children of our nation's warriors..

Sniper Challenge

Blade delivered to the Oregon Sniper Challenge to benefit Navy SEAL Foundation. The Challenge kicked off on Friday, August 16, 2013.

DS&S Tactical did a special Neptune blade for the 2013 Oregon Sniper Challenge. Proceeds to benefit the Navy SEAL foundation.

In memory of Bart

Some may forget, but at DS&S that is simply not in our nature. So we remembered Bart, the Wardog, who served the United States faithfully and lost his life with all the other special operators, 8/6/11 in Wardak Afghanistan. 


In memory of Bart, and all those like him, we created this Memorial Knife.


Because sometimes legends are more than human.




Special Operations Warrior Foundation - Army CQBT-B

The Tangi River U.S. Army CQBT-B was developed to honor the Army soldiers lost in the Tangi River Valley, Afghanistan on 8/6/2011! This knife was auctioned to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Follow the Special Operations Warrior Foundation charity blade story.... $520 was raised for the charity on this knife!

For those interested, our knives feature a zero-grind style at between 7.5 and 11 degrees. We do each of these completely by-hand and by-eyeball. There are no jigs at work here. Our grinder features a ten-inch wheel with a variable speed controller - and we run it at high pressures with a 70 duro contact wheel and 2 inch x 72-inch blaze ceramic belts. 

We do not, however, weigh our knives. If you are worried about how much they weigh, you must be preparing to take them into space. Hope you have a good trip.

Our steels have been LaTrobe Dura Tech 20CV, ELMAX, M390, CTS-204P, Z-FINIT Nitrogen Steel, CPM-20CV and a couple in N690 and Cowry X. We are always experimenting - and always looking for new materials and treatments. 

Our coatings are also specialized stuff: We use Black-T and Black Diamond DLC. Our blades are sent out to those two companies to accomplish that work, depending on the requirements of the project.

We do all our own firing and cryo work. Everything by-hand and by-heart.




5-13 Months


(yep. We are that busy)


Troops come first.


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