Are Al Mar knives worth the cash?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Blastermaster, Jan 17, 2015.

  1. Akapennypincher

    Akapennypincher

    Sep 12, 2013
    I think the one area the company is lacking in is customers servicer. I had sent a e-mail to the HQ I believe it was in Oregon, or Washington State. Took also 8 weeks to get a reply, that was a turn off to me personally.

    Think a great products, needs a a very minimum to be back with good customer service
     
  2. Czechmate

    Czechmate

    Feb 24, 2011
    Yep, this ^^^

    I have a SERE 2K folder and it's custom knife quality... :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::cool:

    Also have owned two ultralight eagles and they were awesome too FWIW.
     
  3. larrybar

    larrybar

    34
    Nov 15, 2013
    It is definitely worth it to get one and then decide for yourself. I found a good deal on a Falcon Ultralight ($89) and am very happy with the purchase. I happen to like AUS-8 for EDC and gentleman's carry knives, so the steel is not an issue for me. I have a PM2 and a S110V Manix 2 LW if I need them. The Al Mar looks a lot like a traditional folder with all the modern innovations. It's a very beautiful, classy folder. Something my grandfather would have carried on Sunday, if he ever let his Stockman out of his pocket.
     
  4. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    My goodness. Where the hell is antdog to post pics of his well used sere?
     
  5. Sonnemann

    Sonnemann

    Sep 21, 2010
    The blue Eagle in ZDP is the only one-handed modern knife I have kept after selling off everything else. I have had vintage and new production Al Mar and they are all top notch.
     
  6. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    Lmao! You know me too well my friend! I haven't been on as much lately as tapatalk has been giving me issues...

    OP: Yes, Al Mar knives are worth the money. If you hang on to one long enough, they develop a stunning amount of character. I think mine just looks better as it ages:

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  7. Czechmate

    Czechmate

    Feb 24, 2011
    Haha, that's awesome! ^^^

    Then there's mine; it's just sitting in the box looking purty... Too many users in rotation already to muck up this beaut.

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  8. Bigbluefish

    Bigbluefish Gold Member Gold Member

    395
    Aug 19, 2009
    I like them. I have an Eagle HD in AUS-8 with the black G10 scales. Fit and finish is excellent, lock up is bank-vault solid, and the blade came scary sharp from the dealer. I also had a Eagle Classic, and it was beautiful and all respects a fine knife. I'm hoping to pick up a Nomad to add to my EDC knives and I'd say, yes, I think Al Mars are worth the money.
     
  9. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Damn that thing makes me want to get into one. Side note, tapatalk or whatever never worked well for me. I just use BFC on my phone as a normal website.
     
  10. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    I would try that, but, errrrmm, my phone is, um, less than optimal? I guess I'll go with that. It sounds so much nicer than "a piece of crap".

    It's hard enough to read stuff on tapatalk, and when I try to view it as a regular website I hate the navigation - having to swipe around and zoom in and out, and on a (relatively) small screen... It just makes it prohibitively difficult.

    Just to add some content to the thread, I like Al Mar knives so much I bought the T-shirt:

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    Oh, and you should try a Sere 2K out if you are at all curious. They are definitely worth it. I have owned lots of "tough EDC folders" and this is the one that just couldn't be knocked out of my pocket.
     
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  11. Indiana Joe

    Indiana Joe Gold Member Gold Member

    728
    Sep 28, 2007
    Upon Mercop's recommendation years ago, I bought a new VG-10 SERE 2K folder for, I think $135 and it's been outstanding -- like buying a quality custom knife; it has been worth every penny. The deep pocket clip, solid lock up, amazing fit & finish -- everything about the knife is simply head-and-shoulders above other production knives at higher price points.
     
  12. cali

    cali

    297
    Apr 19, 2004
    Worth the money... it depends :) Al Mar knives are definitely top quality (hand finished I suppose), but terrible customer support is the reason that I would not recommend it to everybody.
     
  13. Doubletee

    Doubletee

    263
    Apr 10, 2013
    Got my Eagle in ZDP-189 in yesterday!:thumbup: the closer you look the more you realize how well it's made. Fit and finish are really first class! I've heard and read for awhile how bad customer service is so I sure hope there is no issues with it!!? I have an Endura and a Stretch in ZDP and it took awhile to get them up to snuff on being really sharp but this Eagle really took some work!!! Of course I did a little re profiling so took that into account also. So far seems like a really great knife and the guys at "Cutlery Shoppe" got it here in Texas In a short time to:thumbup:eek:rdered on Wed got a shipped confirmation in about an hour and it was in my box by Fri. !!!! Fantastic service!!!;)
     
  14. ginky

    ginky

    18
    Aug 17, 2008
    I have 5 Al mar knives: a fixed blade back-up; a lightweight Falcon; an Osprey (too cute); an SLB; and a Mini Sere 2000.The first three mentioned are safe queens. I really like the SLB and, if I felt I need a second knife, I used to carry it often. The only problem is that the blade seems to want to open if the pocket clip is used. I can assure you an open blade in the pocket cuts flesh quite cleanly. If you carry an SLB I recommend clipping it in your jean's watch pocket or carrying it w/o the clip. I've just gone to a Spyderco Dogtag as a back-up.

    The mini SERE is incredible. The fit and finish is impeccable; the VG-10 blade is frighteningly sharp; and I absolutely guarantee than the sound the liner lock makes when it locks is addictive. The only production knives I can compare it to are the Spyderco Taiwanese knives. As close to a custom made knife as possible. The only cons are the fact that it is very difficult to flip open, and, although I love the pocket clip and how low the knife rides, it can be a little rough on the pocket. I really like this knife. The only ones that get more pocket time are my Surefire Dart, and especially my Emerson Mini A-100. For very different reasons, every knife guy should have at least one Al Mar and one Emerson
     
  15. ragnerok

    ragnerok

    Oct 25, 2008
    I`m a huge fan of Al Mar knives, specially the fixed blade ones, like the 4003 (dont remember its name, Utility?), sharpest knife i ever had. BTW, whats the name of the knife in your pic., the one next to the Sidekick?

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  16. lreed

    lreed

    534
    Dec 7, 2001
    Sonnemann, I have seen a few pictures of the blue eagle, and I am confused about the color:

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    which one appears to be more true to you?


    I also bought a earth brown zdp eagle but the action was super tight and the edge wasn't shaving sharp like my other Al Mar (sere 2000). Some folks said it's because the edge profile is kind of steep. Do you find the same with yours?

    Thanks!
     
  17. Sonnemann

    Sonnemann

    Sep 21, 2010
    The first, darker color is more true to life. The edge angle is indeed rather steep; the bayonet/dagger grind nature of the knife and its very thin height do not lend it to be the best slicing edge compared to say the FFG Eagles. So, I had to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon reprofiling the ZDP which was not so much fun without diamonds. But let me tell you, it was worth it putting a slightly wider, thinner bevel (18 dps) on the knife. The HT they have on that steel must be spot on because it is hard as anything I have encountered.

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  18. lreed

    lreed

    534
    Dec 7, 2001

    Thank you very much sir!
     
  19. Gaston444

    Gaston444

    Oct 1, 2014
    Quote: "I`m a huge fan of Al Mar knives, specially the fixed blade ones, like the 4003 (dont remember its name, Utility?), sharpest knife i ever had. BTW, whats the name of the knife in your pic., the one next to the Sidekick?"

    Unfortunately I don't know. I'm always stunned by how many new Al Mar fixed blades I never even knew existed. The "Special Warfare II" was something I had never heard of until I ordered mine...

    Gaston
     
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  20. ASBOB

    ASBOB

    Feb 8, 2008
    Let's put it this way:

    after my small insigno sebenza, my Mini-Sere is my favorite knife.
     

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