A stack of DS&S knives - all hand-ground stand waiting for heat treatment.

Our Knives

We Make Knives

We don't make yummy pastries. We'd like to make pastries, but then we'd eat them all and we wouldn't be able to fit in the knife shop. (Of course if you loved us, you'd buy us another shed - then we would have twice the room - and even a refrigerator for pastries!)

 

So, we make sharp, pointy things, instead. Each pointy thing is built specifically to our patterns and specifications (usually - unless someone is asleep at the grinder), and each one is hand-assembled and shipped to the user with a unique serial number, unless we don't put a number on it. On rare occasions - a knife might be given a name, unless we forget.

TO ORDER: We can send you a paypal money request direct to your email address. If you've never used PayPal. Don't worry, it will be explained to you on the email you receive from them. For those who don't like PayPal, we can accept a money order or cashier's checks. That's it, baby.

 

Contact us

 

 

The process is as follows.... We order the steel piece for your knife (can take a couple weeks for steel to arrive); we get the raw steel cut at waterjet into the blank for your knife (can take a couple weeks for waterjet to do this); we grind the rough profile for your knife; we polish the rough profile and prep it for firing; we fire the forge to 2100f and heat your knife up until it glows, then quench in oil and eventually liquid nitrogen; we temper the blade, giving it the springiness and toughness; we re-polish the blade, which is now finished (this process of grinding, heat-treating, polishing, can take a month or so); we build the handle and fit it to the knife; we build the sheath and fit it to your handle / knife combo (this can take a couple weeks); we prep for additional treatments (ie. nano-process, and / or coating); we ship your blade to the appropriate coating facility (it can take them about a month); we receive the coated blade back from the out-of-state facility, and re-mount it to the handle; we re-expose the sharpened edge of the finished knife; we coat the blade in SEAL-1; we ship the finished knife.

OUR PREMIUM SERVICES:

 

BLACK-T (Our favorite coating) - Black, Green or Brown

$70 (but comes with our bigger knives)

 

NANO (SWCNT) STEEL UPGRADE - CONTACT US.

(Depends on how much we like you - but it won't be cheap)

 

PEARL HANDLE

(Beautiful stuff)

$100

 

DIAMOND DRAG (SURFACE COATING ENGRAVING - leaves bright letters)

$45

 

LASER ENGRAVING (DARK (subdued) LETTERS CUT INTO COATING)

$45

 

HAND ENGRAVING (VERY SPECIAL, VERY CUSTOM)

NEGOTIABLE

 

Machined aluminum handle

$130

 

DRED TITANIUM

(Machined and carved Titanium Handle)

$350

 

OOSIC HANDLE

(Solid Oosic, baby)

$350 - (depends on availability)

 

DLC Coating (Black or Dark Earth)

$130

No Joking Matter

Our knives are for field use.

 

They are designed from up-to-date data and recommended specifications received from SF troops with modern battlefield experience.

 

New knives are being built right now. Keep an eye here for additions to our line-up. Low serial numbers and even prototypes are often offered for sale.

 

One thing to remember about our knives: Handcrafting anything takes time - and this is no different. Expect at least five months - and as much as 13 months before we ship your custom knife. Everything is done one at a time - and no two knives are exactly alike. See our "Our Processes" for more details.

 

And while you won't find these in any department store, you will find them here - and of course, they're the best you will ever find. There's a reason for that...

 

At DS&S, we make gear for legends.

One-of-Kind Designs

We can produce a one-of-a-kind item for you or a loved one, designing it completely from the initial drawings to the completed, fitted item. Our gear is made to do the impossible in impossible situations. We make gear for legends - and that's exactly what you are.

We can make any of our knives for special groups - because we always make gear for legends.

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.

CURRENT TIMEFRAME

FOR KNIFE BUILDS...

 

5-13 Months

approx.

(yep. We are that busy)

AND REMEMBER:

Troops come first.

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