My name is Tom Halloran. I have been making knives with a vengeance since early 2008 when I got back from four years running around Afghanistan and Iraq supporting the war effort. My main customer base is made up of Arms Carrying Professionals and prepared, trained, above average citizens.
I spent my youth as a rifleman in the USMC. The production knives available to us back then were total crap compared to some of the knives available today. My main knife way back then was a Schrade Uncle Henry lockback that I could not keep sharp.
There were not many real "tactical" knives back in those days, though I do remember buying a big Gerber Mark something dagger from the PX, which I promptly snapped the tip off of. I did field dress a rabbit once with that through sheer USMC grunt determination, but it was not a really practical field knife.
My desire is to make tough, usable and affordable knives for people who will use them and depend on them.
I like to make simple knives that are meant to be used. I think a knife should be fully functional first, and then the looks will flow out of that.
I train with the knives and other tools that I make, and have pressure tested designs and methods of deployment. I am confident in the methodologies that I have chosen, and my designs are based around methods of carrying and deployment.
My blades have been carried in combat and on the street for some time now, and there have been some stories trickling back to me, and if you have a story about one of my knives I would love to hear it.
It has been my privilege and an honor to make knives for real warriors. I say that because during my time in the USMC and supporting the war/diplomatic effort, I have been privileged to know some of the highest quality human beings I have ever known. I know what it is like to trust someone with my life, and to be entrusted with theirs.
I consider it the same bond of trust with every knife that I create: someone is counting on my knife, and I must deliver. No questions. My goal is to make every knife the best that I possibly can, to learn from each knife, and to improve on the next one.
We live in a day and age with more quality knives and makers than there has ever been, and I am thankful for every purchase and humbled to have my knives chosen for the task at hand.
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