Jim Hammond Sealtac

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Sea—Air—Land—Tactical. Before “Tactical” was even a faint blip on the horizon of the knife industry’s radar screen, the Hammond SEALTAC® was paving the way with special warfare personnel worldwide.

Jim Hammond Sealtac

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Model: Sealtac (MV) Military Version
Category: Fixed Blade
Blade Length: - 8.4"
Overall Length: - 14”
Steel Type: CPM 145 - CM
Guard: 304 Stainless Steel
Scales: Black Linen Micarta – Custom (hand filed serrations on handle both sides)
Overall Finish: Micro – Glass Bead - Blast
Sheath: Black Kydex Closed Loop This is a Brand New Knife
Condition: New/Mint

Sea—Air—Land—Tactical. Before “Tactical” was even a faint blip on the horizon of the knife industry’s radar screen, the Hammond SEALTAC® was paving the way with special warfare personnel worldwide. Developed in 1981 with U.S. Navy Special Warfare (SEAL) personnel, continuing input of key design factors was received, evaluated and implemented as necessary design criteria for what they themselves considered to be a definitive fighting knife—one suitable for many tasks but primarily prepared as the finest weapon they could have if called upon to serve as their last line of defense. The Hammond SEALTAC® has earned the “combat seal of approval” as it enters its third decade of proven reliability with military personnel throughout the world, including the U.S. Navy SEALs, U.S. Navy Special Boat Units, U.S. Army Special Forces and Rangers, U.S. Marine Corps Force Recon, U.S. Air Force ParaRescuemen, British SAS, and a host of other units and undercover operatives around the globe. “Hammond’s work is pure no-nonsense combat common sense, period. A number of SEAL’s I know own Jim’s knives, and mine’s been a delight to carry and use regardless of where I’ve taken it, or what it’s been called upon to accomplish.” “Bells and Whistles” contribute absolutely nothing to the specialized makeup of the modern combat knife, and to the needs of its user. That’s why you won’t find them on any Hammond MV (military version) tactical/combat knife. The SEALTAC® has a fully double-ground blade that is sharpened on both top and bottom. The point is raised ¼” above the centerline, breaking the line of the spine at the start of the clip on the top of the blade, and curving into the point. This accomplishes three things: equally distributing support between the two edges; greatly increasing the mass at the blade tip; and allowing maximum cutting efficiency of both edges to be maintained. Though the point is slightly raised, it still tracks superbly along the axis of the thrust—in other words, it goes where you want it to go.

The wide ricasso area ahead of the guard adds strength at the most highly stressed portion of the blade. The blade retains its ¼” thickness for virtually its entire length along the spine. The tang of the blade handle is fully tapered to .050” thickness for optimum balance and weight reduction. The micarta handle scales are contoured for maximum comfort and control with both a palm and pommel swell. Hand-filed vertical serrations on both sides of the handle add significantly to grip purchase under extreme conditions. Three stainless steel lined 3/8” holes in the handle allow for added finger purchase and lashing capability as needed. The kydex sheath comes standard in a 3-mode carry system (vertical high-carry, horizontal, and canted cross-draw), and is expandable incrementally to 5 and 6-mode capability (vertical standard belt height, drop leg carry, and shoulder rig) as an option.

From the Maker

After receiving my B.S. degree from Clemson University in 1977, I returned home to Alabama and became a full-time professional knifemaker, becoming a member of the Knifemakers Guild in 1978, and currently serve as State Leader for Alabama. Since 1981, with the development of the SEALTAC©, my emphasis and focus has been toward specialized edged weapon systems designed for special warfare applications - Special knives for special forces™. "Close association with some of America's elite military fighting men has afforded Jim Hammond valuable insights into the needs (and wants) of those who most require the capabilities of superior edge tools and weapons." SOF "Survive" For collectors desiring greater artistic flair beyond the military version (MV) styling, I offer collector grades (CG), with several shown having varying degrees of custom embellishment. In addition, orders for certain custom work and "one of a kind" pieces are accepted. Since 1994, as the first custom knifemaker selected for a custom design collaboration, I have been a production knife designer for Columbia River Knife & Tool. I am a member of Rotary International and serve as the Assistant Governor Coordinator for Rotary District 6860, as a Rotary International Faculty Trainer, and was Team Leader for the district’s Group Study Exchange Team to Norway in 2006. Jim Hammond knives bear my own distinctive mark of creativity and craftsmanship. First and foremost, my designs are functional to the max. In addition, by combining striking grinds and flowing lines which enhance each design, each knife from my shop reveals a work of art that is ready for the task. When you hold a Jim Hammond knife for the first time-absorbed by its comfort and feel, its balance and shape, celebrating the perfection of line throughout-you will realize in that moment why quality is worth the price. My sincere appreciation extends to all my customers throughout the world who have enjoyed my creative efforts throughout these many years. In His service, Jim Hammond.

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