The DS&S Process with Latrobe DuraTech™ 20CV Powder Metallurgy - Aerospace Super Steel

All I can say here is that we stand alone.


D&S has now created the first Zeus blade - along with three others in LaTrobe Dura Tech 20CV super steel. Below are the photos proving we reached the critical 2100 degrees fahrenheit and proving the cryogenic drop from 125 degrees to -125. There are knife snobs and steel snobs out there who would sniff and stick their noses in the air. Tough shit.


We Did It


We did it with an outstanding little heat-treater from Sugarcreek Industries, limited funding, limited resources and a small, simple shop with a basic grinder. So, if you think you want to roll with DS&S, think again - because we're way ahead of you - and our Mime Team is a crack assault force, which we will unleash on your sorry butt if provoked.


Anyway - the best part? We have one of these Zeus blades available for you! Low serial numbers are still available, albeit they are being bought up pretty quickly.


Oh - and Knife Guild weenies, steel snobs, REMF CDs (you know who you are), Soldiers of Fiction, armchair General jackasses and other whiney baby-heads  - stick it up your ass sideways :) 


We only make our gear for the best folks on the planet. If you aren't one of them, order from someone else. Confused? Need someone to hold your hand? Shut the hell up!


At DS&S, we make gear for legends.

Check out the video of our crazy heat treatment process. Who loves you, Baby?

Critical temperature for LaTrobe Dura Tech 20CV is 2100 degrees. That temperature must be held for 30 minutes to develop the best qualities in the steel. We achieved that mark.
Opening the forge to retrieve the first D&S Zeus super steel blade - now at 2100 degrees.
The first of the new D&S blades is withdrawn from the forge.
The Zeus blade on fire as it hits the oil quench. Each blade must be dropped from 2100 to 900 instantaneously. We measured this with an external IR sensor with a laser dot.
Waiting for the Zeus blade to cool - along with three others. This was an event we had to call our very capable neighbors in to assist with. Each blade had to air cool to between 140 and 125 degrees before being placed in cold storage and dropped to -100.
Prepping the cryogenics tanks.
Zeus hits negative 125 degrees fahrenheit as it is placed in cold storage.
The Zeus blade - wrapped in Ticronic foil as it is removed from cold storage
Zeus out of the cold.
The name of the owner of Zeus 001 ... at negative 125 fahrenheit - just out of cryogenic treatment.
The City of Bones Utility Knife - out of the cryogenics tank.
Raven Black - the first Law Enforcement blade - now out of cryo.
The three new D&S Knives - just before they went into the fire. Made from LaTrobe Dura Tech 20CV. These are the finest knives in the world made from material used in the Aerospace industry. Very special metal with very special qualities.

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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