Reviews & Comments

DS&S Girl with the Zeus Z1 Tactical Knife

If you thought you'd seen combat knives, you're confused. We know this because we're the best. Aliens told us. No, the neighbor's dog told us. No, wait, lobsters in a tank at Skip's Dock in Jerusalem, Rhode Island told us. But they were Rock Lobsters, baby.


Yeah. That's what we're talking about.


Oh, and our customers have some thing to say, too.


I recently purchased the Neptune as a gift for my brother who works in Naval Special Warfare. The truly personal customer service I received made everything so easy for me! I had no knowledge or experience in knives so having someone thoroughly explain all of the ins and outs of things really helped! I was kept up-to-date on the progress of the knife and it was completed quickly and on my budget! My brother has gotten numerous compliments on the knife, I've personally heard more than one person tell him that it's the most beautiful pieces of craftsmanship that they've seen. The knife is well made and sharp as hell! I would (and have) absolutely recommend DSS Tactical to anyone who wants a truly custom and beautiful knife! 

Thank you for all of your help! I'm so glad I chose to purchase from y'all!!

(name withheld for personal security)


Christmas in April! Received my CQBT-12 today and what a knife! I have no intention of chopping down trees, cutting up 55 gallon barrels or dismantling a car but if I was so inclined I have no doubt this knife would do it. The workmanship on this knife is impeccable and the attention to detail obvious. I feel honored and privileged to be the knifes owner. Any potential buyers need to take the plunge, you will not regret being the owner of a DS&S Tactical Knife. Thanks DS&S for creating my knife!

Texas-sized "thank you"

Hello D,

I just wanted to send you a Texas size THANK YOU for all of the hard work you put into completing the Neptune in record time…. I especially appreciated the pictures you sent.  We received the blade just in time to present the

Neptune as a token of our appreciation to an employee for 12+ years service to the company. You should have seen his face…His first words were (as he hefted the blade with wide eyes)   “WOW, now look at that bad boy”… “That is all there”… “That is all there”… “Wow, this is something else”   The only time I have seen him this happy is after a successful hunting trip.


Thanks again for everything you did to complete this project ahead of schedule and for your past service to our country!


Best  Regards,

Kevin Corley

Flower Mound, TX

Thanks from East Coast

Hey d,
We cannot thank you and the DS&S Tactical crew enough for these unbelievable knives! The quality and craftsmanship of these knives are so fine and unmatched by any other. We are extremely proud to own such well made tools, crafted by such skilled individuals. So we thank you greatly for providing us with the tools needed to protect our lives and loved ones.

With great appreciation,
Steven, Lucas, Nicholas


"I am fortunate to have a blade produced by DS Tactical. The quality of craftsmanship, material, and design have given me a no-fail option for no-fail situations. Dave was extremely accomodating of my timeline and provided me no-bs feedback and imput. I look forward to putting this blade through operational conditions. I consider this a valuable investment in my own capabilities and suggest any warrior devoted to their profession consider it as well."



Anne Freeman of Parker, CO


"Purchased two custom knives from Dave. I ordered a boot knife for me and the Bullshark for my husband's birthday. They just arrived today and we are so pleased with the quality and craftsmanship.Dave is your go to guy for tactical knives."

A Letter from a New Owner of a Zeus Z1


"I got it and the only thing that came to mind was "Wow".

You are a genius at what you do, not only does it look like a masterpiece, it's also a hell of a weapon, I pity whatever happens to be on the receiving end of it.


Thank you so much for the amazing work, I'll be referring everyone I know that happens to be needing a real knife, not that crap you buy from the store that last for a month before it rusts.

Ill stop with my rant though haha and just thank you again. Keep up the great work."

J. Kindler, Germany


"I got my knives on last Tuesday and I was (and still I am !) deeply impressed. Great craftsmanship, tough construction. These are made to be used. This won't be the last ones I will order. Also some friends of mine show some interest and another one has already ordered. Thanks again for your ongoing patronage and excellent communication, during all phases of the knives' nascency."


NOTE: J. Kindler is the man responsible for the new CQBT-K development.

Mark Masse


"Dave and his team over at DS&S has far exceeded my expectations with the Kali Push Dagger. It is one of the finest blades that it has my pleasure to own. The grip is very comfortable to hold and use and the edge is wickedly sharp. I almost hate to use it for an everyday carry as something this unique begs to be put on display. This is the type of quality and craftsmanship that will last generations and will certainly become a heirloom for my family. If you need a knife that is tougher than a Marine Drill Sergeant; Dave is the person who can get it done for you."

Jon on the Bullshark Special Operations Version 1


"Just received the Bullshark for my son (his birthday present) who’s a PFC with focus on CBRN in the Marines. He’s a nut about knives and after Annette got you guys to build the prototype for me I knew what to get him for his birthday! I really like the choices you made for him regarding the black on black, just what I’d want in an "O'dark thirty, bad guy around the corner" situation. Of course, I was most concerned that he had something for close in combat that wouldn’t let him down. The military does a good job supplying our boys and girls the tech of the ’50-60s, but if I can afford to help my own I will and have with the VERY BEST. You guys are great! I can’t even think of anyone within miles of your skill, quality and design. When the shit hits the fan, give me a Bullshark, my FN P90 and I’m good – and the bad guys are dead!


Keep up the great quality work!"

Donny on the City of Bones, ZEUS, & CQBT-B


"I received my first 3 knives today the City of Bones, the Zeus, and a CQBT-B. I am very particular and had very high expectations. I was Still very impressed and beyond satisfied. These knives are The Real Thing not some BS production model. The Excellent communication, timely updates, and great attention to detail have made the experience of ordering from you a pleasure. I have another 7 projects in the works with you at this time and expect nothing but exceptional results like the blades I have already received. Well done to say the least. I have and will continue to tell everyone I know about your products.


These are the most advanced no nonsense combat blades I have ever come across. God Bless you and the work you do giving our troops an option to carry a REAL knife that will stand up to Anything put in front of it."

Donny has an Update for Us


This morning and yesterday I was out putting my City of Bones through the works.. I REALLY went all out with it! This thing cut, hacked, sliced, stabbed, chopped, and flat out destoyed everything I put in front of it.

The blade doesnt have a pronounced sharpened point yet I stuck it Deep in hardwoods, softwoods, live wood, and dead wood. About halfway through this mornings adventures I noticed something about the edge... It got Sharper!!!


I really put this thing through hell and it keeps going like a phoenix renewing itself.


Why am I telling you all this when you already know? Because I'm astonished by the results and I can't believe Everyone doesn't have one.


The City of Bones did work I never would have thought possible by any knife! I shoulda used a hatchet and or small utility knife for some of the chores but the City of Bones is More than up to the task. I sent U an email before about how impressed I was with this blade.. I'm beyond impressed. Well Done!



Steve on the Bullshark Special Operations Version 2


"This thing is great! The first thing that I noticed is the great custom handle, very nice.


Easy to grip and keep a grip on it. Very comfortable in the hand, also matches the sheath nicely. The blade is nicely balanced, it is very easy to handle and work the blade. It is very nicely finished, good point, nicely sharpened back edge. The more you look at it, the more detail you notice. This is a masterpiece of blade work, both a fine weapon, and a great tool / companion that you want to keep with for whatever situation arises.


The finish, attention to detail, high quality materials make this a winner, keep up the great work. Thank you for creating a master blade for me, and I can't wait to get the next one."

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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