A lot of knife makers use Navy SEALs and other elite military units as a way to market their blades to the general public. The sales pitch being, if it passes muster with the SEALs, well, then it should suit your pedestrian needs too.
It’s an effective strategy. But I often wonder how many knife makers that claim to have an affiliation with these units actually do? How many are just blowing smoke to move product? I don’t have the answers to those questions, but what I do know is that Jim Behring of Treeman knives actually makes knives for Navy SEALs. His story is an interesting one and it’s no B.S.
Recently, he sent me a TASS knife for review. TASS stand for Teams And Shit Shank. It doesn’t get more authentic than that. Yes, it was named by the SEAL platoon that helped design it. They voted on it, and that’s what they came up with.
There is one special point worth mentioning, that the SEAL’s version of the TASS is called the “TASS E-4.” The E-4 designation was added in honor of Matthew Kantor, a SEAL and Bronze Star recipient who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012. E-4 was Kantor’s SOCOM-issued call sign. May he RIP.
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