Special Operations Warrior Foundation

DS&S Tactical's intention is to do one charity blade for each of the services represented in the tragedy at Wardak, Afghanistan. This special edition of this DS&S Tactical U.S. Army knife is created with the same care all our knives are given - we make them each by heart and by hand... and as always, our gear is made for legends.



In honor of the five crewmen lost from the 158th Aviation Regiment and the 135th Aviation Regiment, U.S. Army National Guard in Extortion 17, Wardak, Afghanistan, 8/6/11, DS&S Tactical is offering for auction the second charity knife in our series of charity blades .... This CQBT-B Advanced Combat Knife - a DS&S Tactical (www.ds-tactical.org) .190 M390 Super Steel blade has been coated with Dark Earth Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) - the toughest, most advanced coating available for knife blades. The knife will be auctioned with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Pictured here is the finished knife with special G10 Handles inlaid with carved titanium pieces reminiscent of the rotor-wash from a CH-47. Everything is handmade and the knife, while very hard (61-62 HRC) is also very tough. It comes in a display box with fitted Bolatron sheath. The production of this blade was made possible by Donny Bassett and the Society for the Preservation of Military History as well as the work of Re-New Sharpening and the assistance of Waterjet Cutting Inc. of Albuquerque and titanium inlay parts from USA Knifemaker. The next-generation coating was applied by Ion Bond and the engraving was done by KaMo Engravers of Albuquerque. The concept for this blade came from a discussion with SSgt. Manny Alvarez, U.S. Army.

Tangi River - U.S. Army CQBT-B

The Tangi River U.S. Army CQBT-B is being developed to honor the Army soldiers lost in the Tangi River Valley, Afghanistan on 8/6/2011! This knife will be auctioned to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.


Details to come...

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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