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Bad DSK-T custom knives [Buyer Beware]

Discussion in 'FEEDBACK: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!' started by Kyle90077, Mar 4, 2020.

  1. Kyle90077


    Jun 24, 2019
    So a few months ago I contacted Dan Sullivan at DSK custom knives and commissioned a piece from him.
    I asked what finishes he offered and he proceeded to send me several different pictures of available finishes. The one I ended up selecting was called “Acid rain” and it was honestly incredible.

    [DSK Acid rain finish: pictured above]

    I processed payment and began waiting for him to start on my build. So what I had asked for was a lightly stonewashed blade with polished flats which creates a very nice contrast, and “Acid rain” frag scales. Eventually a video popped up on his Instagram page of a heavily stonewashed “deluxe” (which is the model I ordered) with flamed frag scales and I asked him if it was mine, he said yes. When I asked about the crazy difference between the two pictures he told me the original “Acid Rain”
    picture was photo shopped and that he could not achieve what was in the picture.

    [DSK admitting to photo shopping:pictured above]

    All of this happened after he was paid in full, hell I even threw in a tip after he gave me a sob story about having a bunch of kids and not being able to afford his own knives. The knife was 900 shipped and I paid a little over 1k and I made plans to purchase another of his models after this build was completed.

    [Proof of full payment + tip: pictured above]

    The knife I was promised and the one provided was a night and day difference, it wasn’t even close. Not only was the blade entirely different but his “acid rain” had become nothing more then a torch job.
    When I expressed my concerns I was told if I didn’t like it then I could feel free to sell it.
    Below: is all relevant proof including the difference between what I paid for and what I got, and the subsequent deletion of all proof of wrong doing from Instagram (Luckily I took screen shots beforehand. )

    Thank you all for your time and hopefully this is enough to add DSK (Dan Sullivan knives) to as my buddy calls it “The blade forums shit list of shitty people.”

    I also posted up a buyer beware video on my shitty little YouTube channel if anyone is interested.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2020
  2. johnnytoxin

    johnnytoxin Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2010
    1. Run away from any maker who asks for payment up front

    2. Why did you tip him after he admitted he couldn’t reproduce the finish you wanted?

    But yes, he should have been upfront about not being able to reproduce the finish, and he should take his knife back if you are not satisfied with it (providing you have not used or disassembled it). I’d stay away from Instagram knife makers as stories like this are all to common.
    Quiet likes this.
  3. fishface5

    fishface5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    It's true - I found out that even for relatively cheap knives you must never pay the maker up front.
  4. JD Mandrell

    JD Mandrell

    Apr 20, 2001
    Using photoshopped pics to advertise...that alone is enough to never go near this maker.
  5. Kyle90077


    Jun 24, 2019
    so I tipped him prior to all of this happening, he seemed like a really good dude who was kind of down on his luck. live and learn I guess.
  6. Sirquest2k

    Sirquest2k Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2016
    Thanks for the heads up! I was actually going to try and get one of his knives when books were open, now I wont. That one pictures shows the customer service mindset, "whats best for me" not my customer.
  7. stonesell

    stonesell Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    How did you pay? You may have recourse if it was PayPal.
    TOMBSTONE likes this.


    Oct 31, 1998
    If paid by credit card and/or PayPal I would dispute the transaction
    JD Mandrell likes this.
  9. rxavage


    Aug 16, 2014
    Dispute that transaction
  10. Pete1977


    Apr 15, 2002
    For a thousand dollars you should get exactly what you ordered or a full refund.
    jux t, JJHollowman, LizaMari and 2 others like this.
  11. Kyle90077


    Jun 24, 2019
    Paypal G&S, he wanted me to use friends and family but o I offered to pay the PayPal fees and he agreed.
    So I know I definitely have recourse but i really don’t want to file a claim on a maker, even a shitty one.
  12. Kyle90077


    Jun 24, 2019
    What model were you looking into?
  13. Gastonknife

    Gastonknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2008
    I would go ahead a file a claim - if what you want is a refund. That way you cover yourself. Even if he said tomorrow, that he will take it back for a refund. I wouldn't trust him. File the claim and document it thru PP.
  14. Sirquest2k

    Sirquest2k Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2016
    Valkyrie is the one I was after
  15. rxavage


    Aug 16, 2014
    he isn’t your buddy and he doesn’t gaf about you, which he has clearly shown through his actions. Send his jank knife back and spend your money elsewhere. Letting him get away with this just encourages him to screw more people.
    V-1, jux t, benchwarmer380 and 14 others like this.
  16. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Then you never should have started this thread. By not getting your money back for a substandard custom built knife, you're enabling the maker to continue making substandard knives. Believe it or not, you're doing more harm than good. Go read some other threads about makers that have done the same thing and see how those started out.
  17. JD Mandrell

    JD Mandrell

    Apr 20, 2001
    Using photo-shopped pics, asking for payment by F&F and deleting things he said, ALL this points to someone who has no problem committing a fraud against customers.

    File with PP, sooner than later.....
  18. aVyD


    Jul 12, 2019
    As others have previously stated, I beg you to file a dispute. If you don’t, he won’t feel the recourse of his wrong-doing. More people might get scammed by this guy if you let him get away with it.
  19. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    So his answer was for you to sell it to recoup your funds?
    Give him an ultimatum.
    You'll ship it back to him (after a full refund of course) and he can sell it himself.
    Or, you'll dispute the PayPal transaction for the full refund.
    That usually gets results.
    If he's so confident that you can sell it and get your money back...let him do it and lose 25%++.
  20. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Don’t put up with this shit......get your money back.

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