We did not try batonning this little guy. Mar had supported the unit for some time and was an honorary member of the company. Mine is serial 016, lightly oiled annually, and has never been sharpened. Sorry, I do not have a working camera at this time. The blade is sharp, holds an edge well, and resharpens easily. This is taboo in some circles, kind of like buying a 4 door Porsche.
Does anyone have any information on who used this knife? Its liner lock falls home with a commanding snap and engages the blade lock face fully. The perceived low end blade steel and high price put me off. At Al Mar Knives, A Warrior's Edge means Factory Perfection. The handle on the mini sere is thinner than it appears on the web site but fits my han very well. He went on to work for Gerber knives as a designer, then founded his own company, with the knives being made in Seki, Japan; a place with much history in fine blade-making. Al Mar knives are made in Japan.
My problem with it is that I think that there is more out there at a better value. It slashed through an old pair of jeans as if the heavy denim were cheesecloth. Top false edge may be sharpened if desired. This is not as heavy as a Buck 110. Most of the instructors realizing they were rare prototypes never used or sharpened them.
The color guard provided for his memorial service was drawn from the reserve Special Forces company then stationed at the Portland Air National Guard base. The action is silky smooth and the lockup is flawless. Today, each knife crafted by Al Mar is hand-finished and hand-sharpened by craftsmen dedicated to creating the very best possible. It behaves more like a fixed blade than a folder! The talented officer decided to create knives intended for survival. Gerber thought the project was very successful and offered Mar the position of design chief.
Two of the knives were sent back to Al Mar because the bolster pins broke,during use, it was found they were a little weak. So I am having to adjust to that. I agree, the build quality is phenomenal and I have no complaints with the design of the knife. Look forward to further posts. Today the company is headed by who purchased a controlling interest.
The fine point and agile blade proved a capable tool for work on wood. Mar served in a Special Forces Reserve unit and in the late 1950s volunteered to serve in Vietnam with a special project using all-Asian Special Forces soldiers. I will definitely keep the reviews coming. Mar went on to become a packaging designer and eventually the head of knife design for Gerber Legendary Blades in 1968. All the way around impressed with this knife, it is the only carry knife that I am never without.
A lot of the emphasis in its design was for the first two—survival and evasion, hence its useful feature as a folding survival knife. This is a classic Al Mar profile that has shown up in a variety of their offerings, including the Eagle and Falcon lines. The knives were sterile, other than the serial number on the blade. The knife is also comfortable in a reverse grip. The profile is simple and purposeful. Still, there is usually room on the gear for a light combat knife that can be grabbed quickly and thrust deeply during a struggle in a dark hallway, alleyway, or mud hut. Reader Interactions Nice work , as usual.
Each Al Mar knife features precision ground blades for strength and superior performance - and that's just one reason to trust the Al Mar name. Something about the chute style blade, plus the beefy handle incorporating flared bolstering just called to me. There was a trade-off in that the 3-inch blade limited us to edge cuts. The sheath of the one I own is of camo ballistic nylon, but I have seen leather sheaths as well. The knife carrys deep and the flare around the hilt area allow for adequate grip and security when using the knife to thrust into something. Fit and finish were excellent. I've always thought that the Yarborough to be one of the finest combat knives ever made.
The knives were sterile, other than the serial number on the blade. I was very impressed with how well the Shrike performed overall, and how well it incorporated a totally new design into a venerable lineup. Survival, evasion, resistance, and escape may not be on my mind as I leave the front door each day, but a tiny piece of Col. Gerber's head designer had retired and Pete Gerber gave Mar the task of coming up with an aluminum handle for a kitchen knife. The primary recommendation I can offer is to continue production. I have 9 or 10 now and all are perfect. There are no milled out liners here folks this knife weighs more than a Buck 110 for a reason.
The is one of the more iconic folding tactical knives of our time. We also used it to cut through the pork shoulder, which it did easily. Captured by the Viet Cong and held in a bamboo cage for much of five years, he not only survived, he escaped. I would highly recommend this knife to anyone looking for a strong, durable folder. Al Mar Knives is one of the top-ranked world leaders manufacturing blade weapons. The right side photo shows the cool effect of the polished linen Micarta used for it's grips.