Al Mar front-lock folding knives. Falcon and Vulture ivory Micarta U.S.A. SEKI-JAPAN. Some of the first knives made by Al Mar back in the beginning. We only have one of each knife to sell. Period one knives*.

About Al Mar's marked U.S.A. SEKI-JAPAN: The first 5000 of the utility series are marked U.S.A. SEKI-JAPAN then after the first 5000 the tang mark was changed to SEKI-JAPAN. According to the Official Price Guide to Collector Knives. The knives marked this way where made while Al Mar ran the company and where generally produced at the beginning of the company.

Early copy from an Al Mar brochure:
This series incorporates the unique concept in lockblade technology, the exclusive Front Lock, originally developed through the joint efforts of custom knifemakers W.T. Fuller and Harvey McBurnette.


Al Mar was working for an industrial design firm in Los Angeles in 1967. Gerber's first designer retired about this time and Al Mar joined Gerber Legendary Blades in 1967 or 68 (American Blade magazine Dec. 1976) after Pete Gerber gave Al the task of coming up with an aluminum handle for a kitchen knife. Pete Gerber thought the project was very successful and offered Al the position of design chief. Did you know that Al is credited with designing the Gerber Mark I.

He left Gerber in 1979 to start Al Mar Knives and he died in October of 1992.†Al was 54 years old. The new owners have now discontinued most of the original models and moved to other makers on the remaining models. This leaves the knives made while Al was in control of the company very desirable and collectible! Mar is Chinese for horse.

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Description Order # Price
Al Mar Falcon ivory Micarta front-lock, U.S.A. SEKI-JAPAN. It is near mint with light carry wear. It has not been sharpened. The blade is 3" and it is 4" closed. Model 1003WM is a very early Al Mar not a current one it has been discontinued for years. With lanyard. It would be great for scrimshaw. It has the exceptional, high carbon, stain-resistant steel RS 30 which was developed especially for Masahiro Cutlery in Seki, Japan. Get it before it is gone! The type of ivory Micarta used in this knife is no longer in production and it has developed a fine age patina similar to genuine ivory. This knife probably was made in 1979 or 1980 and was one of the first production knives made by AL Mar. About Al Mar's marked U.S.A. SEKI-JAPAN  Period one knife*. FJ-00454
Sold
Description Order # Price
Al Mar Vulture ivory Micarta front-lock, U.S.A. SEKI-JAPAN. It is excellent with carry wear and the blade has been sharpened. The blade is 3" and it is 4" closed. The Vulture is a very early Al Mar not a current one it has been discontinued for years. With lanyard. It would be great for scrimshaw. It has the exceptional, high carbon, stain-resistant steel RS 30 which was developed especially for Masahiro Cutlery in Seki, Japan. The type of ivory Micarta used in this knife is no longer in production and it has developed a fine age patina similar to genuine ivory. This knife probably was made in 1979 or 1980 and was one of the first production knives Al made and he did not make many of this pattern. About Al Mar's marked U.S.A. SEKI-JAPAN
Period one knife*.
FJ-00455 Sold

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Al Mar early mid-lock folding knives.

* There are three distinct periods in the Al Mar Knives company:

1.  Al Mar founded and ran the company from 1979 to 1992.

2.  Al Marís wife Ann and daughter Ryanne ran the company after Alís death from 1992 to 1996.

3.  Gary Fadden, a fellow Green Beret and friend of Al Mar owns and runs the company from 1996 to present.

If you have a correction or something to add to this short time line please let us know so we can update this informal company history.

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