Tactical Tailor

I Am Humbled…

As you can imagine, SHOT Show is hectic. On Monday, I started to receive phone calls and texts from my friend Andrew Ho saying he had something for me. I didn’t know it at the time but he was working as a courier for Derrick Obatake of Steel Flame who had him carry a surprise to Las Vegas for me. It took several back and forths before we finally linked up, and by that time the ‘package’ was burning a hole in Andrew’s pocket. Unbeknownst to me, he had even gone so far to post a photo to my Facebook wall and handed out some of the contents to mutual fiends. Once we linked up, Andrew handed me a small ziploc bag. I opened it and it turned out to be filled with copper dogtags. Each one was carefully stamped with the SSD logo. These beauties were accompanied with a simple card (seen below). I was floored.

Humbled I say, Humbled

Derrick had asked me months ago for a copy of my logo and said he would have a surprise for me one day. Truth be told, I had completely forgotten about it. What a guy. While we gave most of them away at SHOT Show to some really great people, we’re holding a few back to give away to our readers. So keep your eyes peeled for that.

Even though we’ve only met a few times, Derrick honored me by doing something completely selfless. He is one of the most giving men I have ever known and I can only hope to make it up to him. I’ve been wanting to thank him for a few weeks now but I felt it best to wait for things to die down a little.

If you’ve got a jewelry project and need some top notch work, I cannot recommend Steel Flame enough.



12 Responses to “I Am Humbled…”

  1. Desert Lizard says:

    It looks awesome. Kingly gift!

  2. KaosKydex says:

    Very Cool! Looks great

  3. Derrick and Len certainly broke the mould. If karma is real they have maxed out the contribution limit.

  4. Andrew says:

    Looks great! You are lucky to have such a good friend.

  5. Doobie says:

    Derrick is awesome and a fellow LA Hitman. He makes amazing stuff!

  6. MM says:

    Derrick is great people.

  7. RC says:

    Derrick is as generous as he is gifted artistically. Humbled to know him and be the grateful recipient if his generosity on more than one occasion.

  8. Jon Gefaell says:

    Derrick and Leonard are amazing people. I try to think about WWD&LD all the time as a guide to being generous, thoughtful and compassionate. What they do and how they do it might be a surprise but that they do it has become an expectation in my world view. Congratulations on SSD having it’s very own tag. That’s quite a recognition of the value of what you’re doing!

  9. TMedina says:

    That is pure awesome.

  10. 10thMountainMan says:

    Checked out their website. Really cool stuff but it is very expensive. I’d love to get my hands on the crusader takedown pin and bead but there is no way I would ever convince myself to shell out the cash. It’s a shame because it is very beautifully done.

  11. CapnTroy says:

    Saw one in the possession of a lucky recipient just last night…very cool!

  12. skd_tactical says:

    Looking beyond the incredible works of art he creates, he is genuinely a great human being. Proud to count him as a friend!