As with all our charity knives, the price this blade brings at auction will be given 100 percent to Soldiers Angels.
We make gear for legends.
Between our company, DS&S Tactical, Eddie DeLuca of the Hitman Mines and Waterjet Cutting Inc., of Albuquerque, the Kunimitsu Art Knife was made possible. The Kunimitsu was designed by replicating the lines of a famous armor-penetrating tanto made by Kunimitsu, a famous Kamakura era Japanese swordsmith.
The original DS&S design of this knife was intended to bring an ancient battlefield armor-piercing weapon back, and place the slim-line knife back into the hands of modern operators. This art-knife version is a smaller version of the field-ready knife we will eventually produce, but it is made just as tough with traditional materials.
The idea for this particular prototype was, of course, to do a benefit auction via E-Bay Giving Works, which will provide 100-percent of the proceeds to Soldiers' Angels, and subsequently assist some of our servicemen and women.
We are using some of our finest materials and workmanship to create this blade. The knife, made from M390 super steel and cryogenically treated has been hand-engraved along its' entire length with stars and stripes. The handle is carved from red-heart hardwood with stars and stripes as well. When finished, the Kunimitsu will have two white sapphires set into the pommel and the sheath will be completely carved with stars from the remaining piece of red-heart. 100-percent of the proceeds from the auction of this knife will go to Soldiers' Angels.
DS&S Tactical is proud to make combat knives for our special operations troops and regular military. Everything we create is made by hand and by heart. Nothing is left to chance, as we want our troops to carry the best gear possible. We make gear for legends.
Our most recent auction to honor the SEALs lost in the Tangi River Valley, Afghanistan, raised $3100 for the Navy Seal Foundation through the auction of a very special nano-infused super steel combat knife. We have hopes that the Kunimitsu Art Knife will do as well at auction for Soldiers' Angels when it is complete.
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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