Al Mar is an American knife company but has all their knives made in Japan. Founded by the late Al Mar, Al Mar knives are known for their elegant folders and innovative twists on tactical knives.
Al-Mar Knife Reviews:
- Al Mar Mini SERE 2000 Review
The SERE 2000 is one of the more iconic folding tactical knives of our time. The knife was originally designed in the 80s by Al Mar and Colonel Nick Rowe for the Army's SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) sch ... continue reading
- Al Mar Hawk Ultralight Review
From big to small, I review them all. That little jingle may be pretty lame, but it is also pretty true. My last review was of the ESEE Junglas, 16 inches of high carbon steel. Worth a look if want a knife that you ca ... continue reading
More on Al Mar Knives
Founded in 1979, Al Mar spent the previous 10 years of his career working as head knife designer for Gerber Knives. Al Mar knives today are often characterized as simple and elegant although the company has also created many notable tactical folders as well such as the SERE 2000. These knives drew from Mr. Mar’s extensive knowledge of martial arts and military background and are highly regarded by military, law enforcement and serious knife enthusiasts.
In 1992 Al Mar died from an aneurysm. The company is currently being run by Gary Fadden. Al Mar’s wife, Ann Mar, established her own cutlery company, “Mar Cutlery” and there is currently a lawsuit going on, as Ann feels that as minority shareholder of Al Mar knives her interests aren’t being adequately served. It’s a somewhat bizarre and unfortunate twist in the Al Mar legacy. Hopefully Ann and Gary can reconcile whatever differences they have soon and continue making top notch cutlery.