The spear point blade and curved handle of the Al Mar Hawk do bring to mind the bird of prey — the knife looks Persian even though it’s designed in America and made in Japan. The engraved stainless steel bolster extends nearly half the length of the handle — a style common in the old Barlow pocket knives since the days of the American Revolution. Black pearl handle scales give this gent’s knife an even more elegant look, alternately dark and iridescent depending on the lighting.
Al Mar recently upgraded its warranty policy from one year to a limited lifetime guarantee–knives made after January 1998 get the better coverage, but still there’s no sympathy for those who snap off the point. The Hawk has been one of Al Mar’s more popular designs since its introduction in 1979. The two-and-a-half-inch AUS8 high carbon stainless steel blade is a very practical size for a pocket blade, and three-and-a-quarter inches of handle fills the hand nicely, making the knife useful as well as beautiful. The simple lockback mechanism contributes safety — with a piercing style blade like this, the lockback feature is essential.
This is the old familiar pocket knife that lies in the bottom of your pocket, not in a sheath or on a clip. The leather pouch included with the Al Mar Black Pearl Hawk was not intended for the knife. The leather pouch, embossed with the Al Mar logo, fits a stone sharpening slip you’ll need to provide — stone for one pocket, knife for the other. One final perk, seldom seen in traditional pocket knives, is the lanyard hole. String a wrist loop through it, and you can even take your dress pocket knife fishing.