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Iron Sharpens Iron

05/01/2013 02:10PM, Published by Anonymous, Categories: Entertainment



A retiring soldier forges a new career as a craftsman

By Kelly Twedell

Many fine knifemakers exist in the world. Some excel at making weapons, others at creating art. At his Tactical Combat Tools studio in Fayetteville, Darrin Sirois does both. Officially in the blade business since 2008, Sirois makes knives, many featuring custom handles, for collectors — and for local folks who pride themselves on knowing how to use a knife.

While many military guys retire into jobs they don’t have a passion for, Sirois, a soon-to-be retired soldier from the special operations community, is living out his dream in the time-honored tradition of knifemaking.

With a 25-year military career under his belt serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment, 7th Special Forces Group and culminating at Fort Bragg’s U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Sirois has found his niche as a master knife craftsman.

Tactical Combat Tools became official around five years ago when Sirois’ custom-made knives became popular as word quickly spread about the quality and craftsmanship behind them.

“It’s rewarding to hand over the finished product, and seeing that smile at my work,” he said. “Mission complete. That’s my motivation, right there.”

Sirois has been fashioning knives since boyhood and recalled the first knife he crafted from a popsicle stick in kindergarten. He carefully sharpened the wooden stick down on a curbstone, working on it for days, and the rest, as they say, is history. At the age of 8 he received his first pocketknife from his father and used it to carve bigger knives out of wood. It seems a love of knives is wired into Sirois, something that shines through in his work. His particular skill set and military experience equip him with the knowledge of just how a knife should function and feel in the hand, giving him an edge, so to speak, in the industry.

In 2005, following the loss of a highly respected soldier named Bob Horrigan, Sirois found inspiration to pursue his passion more fervently. Horrigan had been the go-to craftsman knife maker inside his Fort Bragg unit and Sirois decided to continue the tradition.

Originally working out of his garage, he now works in a custom-designed workshop where he takes raw bars of steel and fashions them into finely polished works of art and function. From farewell or retirement gifts to be prominently displayed, to more practical uses for hunting, in the field, or just to be carried around in a sheath attached to a pants pocket, TCT knives mean different things to their owners.

“I want people to connect with the knife, feeling the passion, vision and craftsmanship behind it,” Sirois said. “That’s what Tactical Combat Tools is about”.

The average knife takes him around eight hours to complete. Being in his shop with all the specialized equipment, tools and custom-built machinery lining the perimeter, it is easy to see that Sirois’ knife-making is an art, not a science. Rows of knife samples line the workbench atop drawers of bits and pieces used to craft each knife.

Vested in the community, with many emotional untold stories behind the recipients of TCT knives, Darrin made the conscious decision to use his talents as a way to give back. Organizations often auction Sirois-donated knives to raise funds, including: the Patriot Charities, Purple Heart Homes, Wounded Warrior Foundation, Combat Veteran Sportsman Adventure, Steven R. Elrod Memorial Scholarship Foundation and the Station Foundation.

Though his work has become a hot commodity and his TCT knives have gone for high prices at charity events — and to some famous named people — Sirois is characteristically humble about his talent.

Tools and weapons always seem like an easy choice of gifts for a man. Giving the gift of a knife is much simpler than the process of purchasing a gun, these days. From dads and grads, to battle hardened soldiers who appreciate his well-honed skill and final product, Sirois’ knives are in demand. He also fashions knives specifically intended for ladies, complete with a pink colored handle and sheath. You can view his handiwork on his website: www.TCTknives.com and might have already seen them displayed around town at three local distributors: Sharp and Pointy, Carolina Military Surplus and Guns Plus, where 80 percent of his sales come from. Others happen upon his work at Lizardtactical.com, an internet distributor.



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