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