DTL Tactical was created to combine the 20
plus years of engineering and manufacturing experience of Founder & CEO,
Robert, with his passion for adventuring outdoors. DTL’s products come about as
a practical response to real life situations. Our
most recent product is the FIDUS, an heirloom quality everyday carry escape
tool. That was designed in collaboration with rootlab in Houston Texas.
FIDUS combines elegant design, practical
functionality, and emergency preparedness. Designed with safety as the driving
factor, the FIDUS features a carbide window breaker and seatbelt cutter in
addition to a bottle opener and key ring loop. It is machined out of solid
heat-treated brass with stainless steel hardware, replaceable ss razor blade, and a solid
belts and small cord/rope
tempered auto glass
steel, glass and ceramic
process included several early designs with multiple materials; the belt cutter
and window breaker being the greatest challenges. Ultimately, the belt cutter
blade and fastener required specialized tooling and thread forming and an
internal loop was added to the design for a more ergonomic cutting function.
The carbide window breaker also went through several evolutions to ensure the
sharp tip is both safe and effective. Finally, the rustic surface finish is
achieved with multiple ceramic deburring processes.