I was looking at the new pikal handle and decided to try it on a thin bladed version of the Seax.

It looks and feels great, conceals better; the only trade off is slight loss of leverage from the full size handle.

I think when I get my production line off the ground this will be the first one we do.

To say I am happy with this prototype is an understatement. I have to confess I may have done a little happy jig



Semper 360

Hey Tom, I know you are closed to new orders right now but looking at prices I did not see anything for the 360T. Is that model still an option?

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"I don't need an edge. I fought in two wars...hell I killed people and I'm not saying I didn't enjoy it!" -Red Foreman

The only tanto I am doing now is the one on the tanto page. That one was an evolution of the 360T

The 360 designations are getting confusing for peope, so the only 360 is the original drop point design. The clip point now has a slightly different handle and is the 720.

FOr whatever reason the seax and 360 orders way surpass the tanto.

Semper 360

That makes total sense. I was just going back through this thread and was a little confused on the model itself. Now get back to work Tom! Big Grin

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"I don't need an edge. I fought in two wars...hell I killed people and I'm not saying I didn't enjoy it!" -Red Foreman

Tom the Seax with the Pikal handle looks like a ringer! That would be an excellent knife for a production run and I imagine that the thinner blade would make a good all around knife. I haven't taken any pics of my Seax yet but it hasn't left my side since it came in the mail last week.

As was mentioned earlier Tom's knives just feel natural in your hand and the craftsmanship of the handles really make them feel like an old friend. The design and size of the Seax make it a very useful and versatile fixed blade knife. I ordered the 1/4 O1 steel Seax and after more use I will add more input.

If you are on the fence about ordering from Tom just do it, you won't be disappointed.

OUT of the night that covers me,
  Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
  For my unconquerable soul.

I have been a fan of Tom Halloran’s knife designs since I first saw them. There are lots of knife makers out there, but very few who seem to marry design with function so that you have both a symmetrical good looking and functional piece. However, that was right after I got burned by another custom maker so I was a bit leery of jumping on with a new maker. The result is that I just now got a Halloran 360. I wish I had made the leap long ago.

Awhile back I saw that Tom was looking to clear out some old stock. I went ahead and ordered a 360 with a couple of modifications, more on this later, and then the wait began. I got the knife last Friday, and I have to say I am very very happy with it. I ordered the version with a clip, olive micarta, and extra gimping on the grip for pinky purchase in a forward grip and thumb purchase in a reverse grip. The gimping also provides a surer grip during the draw. Out of the box I couldn’t help but say damn that is a fine looking knife. The finish on the blade provides a nice compliment to the scales and the proportions look right. I quickly found out that it was extremely sharp and a good slicer. I have two cuts to prove it. Turns out that drawing in a reverse grip you don’t want to push down on the sheath with your pinky to pop the knife out of the sheath., a habit I picked up somewhere for who knows what reason. The second cut just goes to prove that dicing vegetables when you are tired and distracted is a good way to add the tip of your thumb to the vegetables. Nothing I haven’t done before, and unfortunately probably will do again. However it just proved how sharp and quick to cut this knife is.

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"If anything goes wrong it will be a fight to the end, if your training is good enough, survival is there; if not nature claims its foreit." - Dougal Haston

Tom,

Would it be possible to do a Seax without the swedge on the back? I'm not sure where the taper (width) to the tip starts, so would it be possible to keep the 3/16 (or 1/4) stock as close to the tip as possible then do a very quick taper?

Right now I'm carrying a DB-L or EB/DB (courtesy of Darryl) for a fixed blade. Both are great knives. I really like the Seax too and would like to add one eventually once I get a couple other things squared away. The EB/DB normally has a swedge, but the one I have I believe is an earlier model without the swedge, which I prefer as it keeps it thick towards the tip and I get to keep some of the strength of a tanto for prying while I gain a belly for cutting.

Thanks man. I'm sure I'll end up with one either way.
FYI for those wanting to carry IWB, and the bladetech rubber loops make the knife ride higher than you want out of the waistband, CompTac IWB attachments fit on my sheaths. There are a bunch of holes in them to get the exact height you want.

Semper 360

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Originally posted by tomh:
FYI for those wanting to carry IWB, and the bladetech rubber loops make the knife ride higher than you want out of the waistband, CompTac IWB attachments fit on my sheaths. There are a bunch of holes in them to get the exact height you want.


Any pics of the various options they have several?

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"If anything goes wrong it will be a fight to the end, if your training is good enough, survival is there; if not nature claims its foreit." - Dougal Haston

Here are a couple that are going to be in the permanent line up-

WHen I designed the new pikal handle I tried it on a few of my blade shapes, and it flat works for concealment, fills the hand well and looks good to me. I am going to do it with the Seax, STX and 360. You lose a tiny bit of leverage, but the gains are worth it.

STX Compact-



and the pikal for the guy who nudged me to change the handle design



These are both in O1.

On a side note I used the prototype pikal to break and rake a window the other night on an exigent entry. The damage I did to the edge and tip was gone in 5 minutes of a fine diamond stone and looks like new. Not recommended, just saying...who needs a glass breaker.

Semper 360

Spiffy! That STX Compact looks like it would make for a just-right-sized hunting knife as well as a fighting tool...

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STX Compact



What's the difference in the size of the blade on the STX Compact vs. the standard STX?

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OAL on the compact is just under 7.5 "Blade is approx 3.25"

original is about 8.25"oal, blade approx 3.5" long

If you go back to the previous page, there is a picture of the comapct seax in hand. that blade is longer, but the handle is the same size.

here is a side by side shot of the new knife and the #1 STX:



the new blade weighs a hair over 6 oz with the thick handle setup as pictured

Semper 360

I don't see the STX Compact on your website, is the pricing going to be the same as the standard STX?

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- Robert A. Heinlein

 

Joined: 4/22/09          Location: WI

Hi Tom! Those are really great looking knives. I'm from the Philippines and when I have the extra budget I'd like to purchase one of your knives. Do you accept Paypal and if you do can I have it shipped to an address in the US?

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So I was working in the shop today and found this one ready to be parked. Forgot all about it. Into the tank it went and this is what came out.



STX inspired long slim fighter. 5/32" thick O1 tool steel parkerized 59 RC, 4" blade, 8 58" OAL thin black G10 handle. Perfect for IWB. Double edged.

Semper 360

That looks really good, will it become a regular offering?

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“The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of “loyalty” and “duty.” Whenever these twin concepts fall into disrepute – get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed.”

- Robert A. Heinlein

 

Joined: 4/22/09          Location: WI

Beautiful Tom, I'm really liking where you've been going with the double edged stuff. In fact I drew something up about a month ago and it's pretty damn close to what you have above. Hopefully I'll be able to pull together the funds and then hit you up about doing something for me.

Nice work!
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Here is a picture of my Seax, mine is 1/4" thick O1 tool Steel. I lusted after this knife for a long time after seeing pictures of a few Seax's on lightfighter and when I couldn't take it any more I contacted Tom and then the wait began. Tom did I great job updating me on the status of the knife and the wait wasn't that bad even though Tom Moved and built a shop from the ground up. When I got my Seax in I took it out of the box and began using it cutting boxes (from my move) and using it for everything I could find to cut.

The 01 steel seems to be a good compromise between edge retention and ease of sharpening. I originally wanted the 1085 steel, but Tom assured me that the O1 Tool Steel would be as good or better so that is what he used and as usual it is best to listed to the experts.

I have had the knife for about 3.5 to 4 months and will continue using the shit out of this knife. Thanks Tom
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OUT of the night that covers me,
  Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
  For my unconquerable soul.

Here are a few more going out to their new owner.
Pikal reverse edge in 5/32" O1 tool steel, with a nice high flat grind. G10 handles, and IWB sheath.



I was sharpening up one of these for a member here the other day, and almost had a spontaneous disembowelment when I fumble fucked it...

Semper 360

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Originally posted by tomh:
Here are a few more going out to their new owner.
Pikal reverse edge in 5/32" O1 tool steel, with a nice high flat grind. G10 handles, and IWB sheath.

I was sharpening up one of these for a member here the other day, and almost had a spontaneous disembowelment when I fumble fucked it...

Glad my knife didn't completly gut you! That would have been awkward.... Wink

That blade is scary sharp.
I haven't had the knife long, but I really like how the handle feels in my hand. This will probably take over as my off duty carry knife.

 

 

 

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Before I even read the text of your post (always look at the pictures first), I thought "Damn that looks awesome"......that's my opinion, a resounding YES!

Tom, you are doing a great job of making not only really functional tools, but they also have a great look to them.

"If I had a Grandpa, he would look like Delbert Belton"

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