DDR is dedicated to making handmade tools and gear that are designed, engineered and manufactured in the USA (Texas.) We know that our tools and gear will be used in some of the harshest environments on earth. DDR has the gear to help you accomplish any task or mission, both large and small. Our tools are meant to be used, to get nicked, gouged, worked, used and relied on day in and day out.
In 1987 Darrel began making knives. His designs are not only artistry in motion but imagination come to life for those of us in love with cutting edge weapons. The first knife he ever made was a Butterfly patterned flipper.
His first knife sale was five years later in 1992 at a knife show in Cincinnati. It would become the catalyst for over two decades of designs that would set the knife world on fire and raise the stakes for other custom knife makers. His knives soon garnered the attention of the U.S. Government resulting in a contract to make switchblades for our greatest warrior sentinels in the military.
Early on in Darrel’s career he crossed paths with a legend, Jack Crider. Jack’s influence and close personal relationship, narrowed Darrel’s focus and led him to where he is today.
Jack Crider was Randall Knives’ leading knife dealer. His brother was the foreman in the grinding room at Randall. At a show Jack happened to approach Darrel at his table and asked him if he had the gumption to make a “power blade”. At the time ninety percent of his work was in the fixed blade line. Taking too long to answer, Jack stated…”why don’t you take one of them Damascus billets and make me a power blade?!…this isn’t a request!”
Most of Darrel’s knife making career was performed in his Ohio shop. Due to several reasons out of his control, he packed up the family, the shop, and moved to Texas. He has never looked back. The move has galvanized his determination to make the best knives in the industry. When asked why he chose Texas he always gives the same resounding answer, “FREEDOM”.
Once in Texas, the shop was setup, the team selected and Darrel reinvested hundreds of thousands of dollars on state of the art equipment. Darrel’s background in applied engineering was getting ready to have a serious workout and what a run it has been to this point so far. Unbelievably profound designs are already making their way from the drawing board to the packaging and shipping departments. With the influx of sales after the move, DDR now produces knife parts in house and engages several worldwide high quality vendors.
Darrel will still be making the full custom knives that we all know and respect.
Here is story from a recent Blade Show: A young college student, on the last day of the Blade Show was seriously examining and flipping one of Darrel’s new Dominator knives. He looked at Darrel and very respectfully said, “There are a lot of $600 tactical knives in here why should I spend my money on yours, it is smooth as glass and has a bad-ass look…but?”
Not blinking an eye or skipping a beat Darrel replied, “Tell you what, give me your six hundred dollars, I’ll send you a knife, if you don’t like it send it back and I’ll refund your money. But I guarantee that once you have the one you want it would take a herd of elephants to pry it away from you!”
Three weeks later Darrel Ralph shipped the young man his prepaid knife, thirty days later he asked to be put on the waiting list for another.
We offer a 7 day inspection period for all sales. We will refund your money in full before that time if you are not satisfied. After 7 days we will fix or repair to the best of our ability any issue with your product. We want you happy!