First of all, I want to point out that Dave is a true Renaissance man, an Elite Warrior and an Artist.
My wife commissioned my new knife from Dave for a special birthday present. Just the fact that I was getting a handmade weapon from DS&S Tactical was more than I expected, but when the man himself called me on my Birthday and told me about the “Sexy Beast” he was making for me, well let’s just say, I was like a little kid jumping for joy “literally” in the restaurant.
Because it was a present, the facts of this masterpiece were kept Top Secret from me like I was an al-Qaida terrorist on a most wanted list. I was told I would be receiving a ZEUS but as it turns out and happily so, that was just misinformation to keep me in the dark. I am now the proud owner of the NEW Prototype Tigershark Advanced Combat Knife. While I was kept in the dark like a mushroom, my lovely wife Susan was receiving emails and pictures of the knives progress from Dave, keeping her updated on the Tigershark’s path. This is something that was mentioned over and over in the many testimonials I read on DS&S Tactical's web site while waiting for my “Sexy Beast” to arrive, and everything I read is true, it is all true.
I now belong to a special community, a group, of very proud, and honored individual who all have one thing in common “we own DS&S Tactical knives” and while we might take different paths through life, we all share something in common now. Dave and his Team have brought us together. Thanks, Dave, for making everyone feel like you, a LEGEND!?
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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