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Al Mar Eagle & Eagle Talon Ultralight Folders

Al Mar Eagle & Eagle Talon Ultralight Folders

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Expensive knife, crappy steel.
Over priced for AUS8
I have the blue ZDP Eagle talon and the AUS8 ultralight Hawk talon and love both. I only have a sample size of one Al Mar in AUS8 but have several other knives in AUS8 and I have to say that the Al Mar steel is the best AUS8 knife I have and really think it is as good as my Spyderco VG-10 knives. Sharpens easy but still holds the edge really well. I wouldn't call this a hard use knive anyway so I think the AUS8 is well suited to the probable use for this type of knife. If this knife fits your needs I think you will be completely satisfied.
If this had been the eagle hd with zdp189 I would have been all over it! Too bad!
If I didn't already own a half dozen Al Mar Eagles in various configurations, I'd be buying a couple of these. I know a lot of knife guys that won't touch them (usually cause they're steel snobs), but the flat ground Eagle Ultralight is one of my favorites! So light and thin it's like you're not carrying anything at all, yet it's really a very capable folder.
Very glad to see Al Mar make it to Massdrop. I'd get an ultralight hawk if it was offered at a good price. This is a good price for the eagle.
the blade length on the eagle's is 4". The design of this knife is quite old. The original metal bolster knives are basically a scaled up and refined version of the Gerber Silver Knights that came out of gerbers shop when Al Mar was chief designer there. At the time these knives came out America was still the place high end knives were made, few people viewed Japanese knives as high end. Most good quality knives that came out of japan were made of Aus 6 , and ATS-134 was just coming into the market and was really expensive. Aus 8 was considered to be the "high end" cutlery steel for Japanese knives at least as far as stainless goes. Al Mar was one of the companies that changed the whole perception of Japanese knives as nothing but low quality knock offs of American knives.
Lengthy of blade anyone?
If you like the style, but are looking for something a little more budget friendly, the new Kershaw Al-Mar collaborations are a nice option. There are obviously some differences (i.e. frame lock, assisted flipper opening), and the original Al-Mar will have better fit & finish, but the Kershaws are very well done for a price point in the $30's. I have the Kershaw Al-Mar AM3 and it was money well spent.
Al Mar are the best knives I have ever owned. The blade is beautiful and holds an amazing sharpness. All their knives are lightweight, even when not an ultralight model. They may seem pricey, but trust me they are worth every penny.
I came in here because I really like subtle and reserved folders...I was a bit surprised to find it was AUS-8 though, and moreso at the price.
Is there a particular reason that steel would be used on a blade like this? I had assumed it would be VG-10 for a thinner blade like this, something very sharp and decently strong, but not so strong as a tool steel.
Anyways, if anybody knows that rationale behind the steel choice, I'm interested in why they went that route. It seems to be a good steel, I've purchased a RAT with the same as a gift. That blade wasn't quite so elegant in design... however, it was also 1/4th the price. What justifies this one being so high?
Side question, what is the false edge specifically for? My assumption would be that it makes it better for piercing due to the thinner spine. I can always just Google it, but I'm being lazy and since I'm already asking a question, I figured why not?
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Seelen
As far as I know, the contracted manufacturer of at least most of the Al Mar bird folders (Eagle, Falcon, Hawk, Osprey) is Moki Knife Co. I carry their Blakiston's Fish Owl daily (the name is better in Japanese, trust me.) It's a very similar knife, about the same size as the Falcon. It's also AUS-8, and the attention to detail is very impressive for its price point: about $80-90, with nylon belt sheath. Not sure the Eagle is worth the premium, but I'm itching to find out. Here's some shots of the Owl, so you can see how finely fitted the knife is. The Al Mar knives are, as far as I know, at least equally well-assembled.
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As to the blade performance, it won't retain a razor edge like a powdered steel, but they're thin enough that they cut nicely long after when you'd think they'd be finished. My little Lansky pocket sharpener is more than enough to restore the edge in a pinch, but it doesn't need regular attention like a Swiss Army knife. I've never had it chip or fold after a couple years' medium use (cutting cardboard, cord, yardwork,occassional food prep when hiking.)
chathamharrison
Very cool. Yeah, I like it and will ultimately probably buy one. The reason I don't need powder steel is the same reason I'm not buying another blade: I just don't have a use for it yet. Aesthetically though, it's great and is a hell of a lot more durable and heavier duty than my boker trapper.
Oh, and by the way, i actually speak Japanese, the name is definitely better! It's written using the kanji for Island and Owl. 島梟 (しまフクロウ)(shimafukurou)
This is sweet, always wanted these. Have to pass for now. But I think they need to fix the descriptions. Missing some measurements and I thought this is a back lock not front.
LazarusLong
The position of the lock release is toward the front, as opposed to the mid-lock of the Spyderco Endura or the rear-lock of the Buck 110. They are all lockbacks, but the releases are in different positions, that is front, middle or rear.