There’s been several people asking exactly how BladeRigs has ended up selling BloodShark knives and sheaths.
The excerpt below is written by Sayoc Full Instructor Victor Wong & answers many of the questions that have been coming through email and popping up on forums.
“The recent Sayoc Bloodshark that were sold on the BladeRigs site are authentic contract over runs made by Salient Arms/Strider Knives. There are slight differences in the 2 types of blades; mostly due to the fact that TD’s version is essentially a custom hand-made blade while those made by SA/SK is closer to a production blade. But make no mistake, the SA/SK were issued to end users as part of an official contract.
When Sayoc Tactical Group started contracts to train various entities, students would often ask “what type of blade” they should get. As part of the civilian curriculum, Sayoc does not usually recommend a blade because it is felt that students should invest their time and energy in to the training and then determine their own requirements for “what type of blade” suits them. But this process can take years and the contracts taught students in blocks of days or even hours. So reluctantly, Sayoc Tactical Group decided to make a blade that would suit the requirements of its clients.
One of the original features specified for the Sayoc Bloodshark design was that the blade should be part of an overall package that included a live blade, a trainer and a sheath that would work for both. TD was asked to make the blade because at the time he had expressed an interest in knife making and the Sayoc organization thought it would be beneficial to keep production of the blade in-house rather than outsourcing to an existing knifemaker (as was later done when Sayoc collaborated with Daniel Winkler on the RnD Hawk).
It is not that Tracker Dan was sought out to make the blades so much as he was given the opportunity to make them… this included feedback on not just the blade design, e.g. grind angles, steel selection, and heat treatment but also on the requirement for the sheath and trainer, e.g. sheath needed to be secured even if user was not wearing a belt, trainer needed to be “thick” enough not to accidentally impale a student.
Initially, the concept was that the students would receive the blade package on Training Day 1 and be able to use the trainers and sheath throughout the course. Where this broke down was when STG became dependent on Tracker Dan to manufacture and deliver them before the contract started. This was almost never accomplished.
From Tracker Dan’s POV, he was not given enough notice and he had to float the money for the materials and there was always the possibility that the contract could be cancelled (funding pulled, students deployed last minute). So Tracker Dan would wait until the contract was confirmed and then attempt to make as many as 20 plus blades with trainers and sheaths on short notice. The process of having blanks water-jet cut, finished and then heat treated also dragged out the turnaround time. So it became common for students to receive the blade packages on day 4 or 5 of a 5 day contract with the students having little to no time actually training with this. In some instances the blades were not received before the contract was completed.
To answer some of the points made by other posters, the Bloodshark was never officially licensed by Tracker Dan because it was not his design to be licensed. He was not awarded a contract for the Bloodsharks, STG was and subcontracted the manufacture of those blades to TD. When Tracker Dan was consistently unable to meet the timelines as specified in contracts; STG looked for an alternative.
Just to clarify, Blade Rigs is not making the latest generation Sayoc Bloodshark, just the sheaths and they handled the contract over-run sales for Sayoc Tactical Group.
Salient Arms/Strider Knives made the latest batch of Sayoc Bloodsharks and in my opinion is of better quality due to the manufacturing and heat treating capabilities of Strider Knives.
The design of the Sayoc Bloodshark has always been a Sayoc Tactical Group design and the SA/SK is built to “improved” specs based on feedback from users.
Hope that helps.”