Al Mar KnivesAn Al-Mar pocket folder could turn your thoughts immediately to Persian blades and Middle Eastern design. Al-Mar knives often have the look of a knife made to display as well as to use, and the names of the classic models — Hawk, Falcon, Eagle and Osprey — contribute to that desert warrior impression. You might think the company name came from some mysterious ancient warrior tradition, but the company has a truly American modern origin. Al-Mar Knives was founded by a guy named Al.

History of the Company

Al Mar worked for Gerber Knives in Los Angeles as a knife designer before leaving to start his own business in 1979 in Lake Oswego, Oregon. After Al Mar died in 1992, his family continued the business until its sale to a friend, Gary Fadden, in 1996. A former Green Beret, Gary Fadden owns and runs the business today, still producing some of Al Mar’s original designs but also adding new ones with a more tactical modern flair. Al-Mar works with AUS-8 or SG-10 steel for most of their knives, but makes some finer kitchen cutlery using modern laminated Damascus-type stainless steel.

The Knives

Al-Mar classic knives like the Osprey and Hawk feature a wide selection of natural handle materials including mother-of-pearl and jigged bone, but also come with durable synthetic grips of functional micarta. These classic folders use the long barlow-style bolster, but with a sweep that adds the unique character of the original Al-Mar design. Sporting folders and fixed blades show the tactical influence of Gary Fadden. Al-Mar’s tactical knives would serve just as efficiently for the fisherman or hunter. The company also manufactures a high-quality line of kitchen cutlery with classically styled blades and either classic handles or a sculpted high-tech grip. Every knife is hand-finished and flat ground for extra edge strength.

Where to Buy

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Al Mar Falcon Folding Lockback Knife w/ Pocket Clip | Ultralight High Carbon Stainless Steel

Al Mar’s Falcon Ultralight Folding Knife does not have the stripped-down look of minimal back country knives. This pocket clip folder...
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Al Mar Hawk Black Pearl Knife | Engraved Stainless Steel Pocketknife

The spear point blade and curved handle of the Al Mar Hawk do bring to mind the bird of prey —...
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Al Mar Engraved Hawk Folding Knife | Cocobolo Wood Handle Pocketknife

The Al Mar Engraved Hawk with Cocobolo wood handles presents a new version of the very old Barlow design. Folding knives...
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Al Mar Osprey Folding Pocket Knife | Abalone Scale Handle, Plain

This tiny knife is an Al Mar classic, and shouldn’t be underestimated. It is the smallest front-lock knife available on the...
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Al Mar Havana Clipper Pocket Knife | Black Micarta Cigar Cutting Tool

This unusual knife is not only a high-quality all-purpose pocket knife, it is also a money clip and a cigar clipper....
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Al Mar Eagle Knife, Cocobolo Handle, Talon Blade, Plain

This finely crafted knife was designed by Al Mar Company. This useful little blade features a four-inch locking blade made of...
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