Anyone knows what's happening with Al Mar Knives?

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  1. bouddha0357

    bouddha0357

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    Jan 23, 2013
    Hi all,

    I have been scouring the Internet regarding information on Al-Mar and I can hardly find a thing.

    It has been said that they have been acquired by Edge Technologies Engineering LLC

    https://sgbonline.com/edge-technologies-acquires-al-mar-knife-brand/
    https://sgbonline.com/aisle-talk-week-of-january-14/

    I was expecting to see something new at Shot Show 2019 owing to the fact that it will be the company's 40th anniversary yet there was absolutely nothing.

    I haven't seen a new model in years and in spite of the copyright being renewed this year on their website, it hasn't been updated since who knows when (still displaying the SERT when it has been discontinued for a long while now)

    It also looks like knives selling websites are being more and more out of stock, especially cutlery shoppe which used to have exclusives and all.

    It 's also not the lawsuit involving Ann Mar and Gary Fadden as the judgement has been passed on 11/22/2010 according to the Oregon Circuit Court archives and Ann Mar sadly passed away in 2017 according to Nemesis Knives:

    https://www.nemesis-knives.com/mpr-series/

    In other word does anyone have substantiated news of either new models or what direction Edge Technologies will be taking regarding Al-Mar?
     
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  2. GIRLYmann

    GIRLYmann

    Nov 7, 2005
    Its just so sad having to see the name of a once prominent if not a highly regarded knife designer, be put through all of this...
     
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  3. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp Oatmeal Pecan is better than Chocolate-chip. Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    Is ETE behind the Chinese Brous blades? I can't actually find any of their branded knives for sale anywhere, but it looks like a lot if "D2" and 8cr stuff aimed at the tacticool crowd.

    I'm not excited for Al Mar. Maybe they'll prove me wrong though.
     
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  4. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    I can't speak for anyone else, but I considered Al Mar and his knives well regarded.--KV
     
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  5. tltt

    tltt

    May 1, 2008
    Apparently, they were showing off a reintroduced Quest model at SHOT -
    [​IMG] .

    That's all I could find a few days ago. Could be great or could turn out horribly, who knows?
     
  6. Deinos

    Deinos Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    any recommendations for the "quintessential al mar folder" for someone who hasn't had one and wants to pick one up before the change over?
     
  7. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    I've wanted a Falcon Talon for quite awhile but the scarcity has driven up the price to more than I'm willing to pay for AUS-8 steel.
    I think of the Ultralights as "quintessential" Al Mar.
    They did partner with Kershaw a year or two ago to make those flippers and they seem popular. Of course those are made in China rather than Seki City.
     
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  8. Deinos

    Deinos Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2016
    Aus-8 always held me back too when I have seen them, but thinking I might pick one up anyway given the history and reverence there.
     
  9. NicoColt1911

    NicoColt1911

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    Mar 17, 2017
    On a plus side: Al Mar knives always were produced by Japanese companies. It is a company that lives off Al Mar's legacy and they have more or less stuck to what he created 20 years ago. Al Mar is known for old school designs and great craftmanship. I don't think the new owners are willing to ruin this by bringing out some random tacticool china knives and putting the Al Mar logo on them.

    I don't know anything but what I read in this thread but I could imagine that the owner of Al Mar knives had to "pay out" the Ann Mar's heirs after the judgement and therefor had to sell the company.

    Maybe we will finally see some new cool designs. But I also hope and firmly believe that there still will be old school Japanese made Al Mar knives as well.
     
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  10. jeepin

    jeepin Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2003




    Definitely the Sere 2000
     
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  11. JD Mandrell

    JD Mandrell Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 20, 2001
    SERE 2000
     
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  12. JD Mandrell

    JD Mandrell Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 20, 2001
    The Edge Technologies website, looks like a catalog for Chinese made stuff that used to be under the "Timberline" brand....
     
  13. cbrstar

    cbrstar Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 7, 2015
    I love 80's style knives so Al-Mar has been on my radar for a while. But here in Canada they just are not affordable. For example a Sere 2000 is close to $500 cad! I would rather pay the extra and get a CRK or top of the line Spyderco.
     
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  14. mwhich50

    mwhich50 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    I'm glad a snagged a Sere 2000 some years ago. I can't remember where I got it, lol. I'm too cheap to pay $200. I probably got it on a trade, plus $ here on BF.

    I would love to have an Eagle lightweight, and an Eagle HD. They are too much $ for what you get, and NEVER go 'on sale'.
     
  15. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    The Mini Sere liner lock in VG-10 is a nice little knife if you're looking for an Al Mar folder.
     
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  16. Hackenslash

    Hackenslash Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    Nemesis Knives is releasing some previously unreleased Al Mar designs under their Mar Private Reserve line. I have the MPR-1 and it's a decent knife, although a little rough around the edges. Their newest release, the MPR-3, has a kind of SERE 2000 vibe going with better steel. I think I want one.
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    I hope Nemesis keeps the designs coming. They're kind of keeping the Mar style alive.
     
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  17. Landshark99

    Landshark99 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 19, 2007
    My two Al Mars are in vg-10 and ZDP 189, I also saw few websites that still have some Al Mars in stock
     
  18. pinnah

    pinnah

    Jul 28, 2011
    Maybe Taylor Brands can buy up the rights to the old Al Mar designs and sell them next to the old Schrade designs?
     
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  19. John_0917

    John_0917 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 15, 2014
    Taylor was bought by SWHC (Smith and Wesson's parent) about a year ago.
     
  20. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    The Ultra Light Falcon and Eagle in sabre grind are my favorites.--KV
     
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