Al Mar Utility Model III
MAKER: AL Mar Knives
PATTERN: Utility Model III
LENGTH (Closed): 4”
BOLSTERS: Stainless Steel
HANDLES: Green/brown paper micarta
BLADES: Stainless steel drop point blade
TANG STAMPS: SEKI-JAPAN
BLABE ETCH: AL/MAR with Al Mar’s chop beside his name.
CONDITION: I would grade this Near Mint
DAMAGE: Rub marks on the tang and a couple of light scuff marks on the bolster. I would attribute this to shop wear or just handling.
BLADE WEAR: Blade appears to be full with factory edge.
SNAP: Like new
MADE IN: Japan
ADDITIONAL INFO: There are several interesting things about this series of knives. I bought two of the Model II, back in the early to mid-1980s. They were the first Al Mar knives I ever purchased. I discussed the Model II with Al and he said the first company he ever had to produce his knives made them. He changed from that company and had Huhey make the knives after that because he felt Huhey gave more attention to detail.
I know the first manufacturer Al used made this series of knives, so I would I believe they would date circa 1979-1981. I know Al Mar’s office was on Jean Road in Lake Oswego, Oregon, about a half a mile down Jean Road from Kershaw Knives, when I first visited there in 1983 or 1984. The address on the box this knife came in is PO Box 1626 Lake Oswego, which I believe is earlier than the Jean Road address. There is one other address I known to be associated with Al Mar Knives, which is SW Benfield CT. Lake Oswego, OR. I have found the PO Box listed on another box with the same graphics as the red box with this knife and also on warranty cards as the address to mail an Al Mar knife if it should require warranty repair. These same cards were in boxes with knives, which were not manufactured until the later 1980s. My conclusion is the PO Box was used early on for mail and warranties and continued on at least until the latter 1980s. My hypotheses regarding the SW Benfield Ct. address is that it was probably Al’s residential address prior to establishing his office and warehouse on Jean Road. I guess that is only important if you’re trying to figure out the age of the box and the knife that came in it. I do know from what Al told me that these knives were made by his first manufacturer. I have carried a smaller version of this knife for several years off and on since about 1984. I purchased it from an Al Mar dealer who gave me a good deal on it because it was an old stock discontinued model and I bought two of them.
This is a solid knife, weighing 3.4 oz. which is 0.1 oz. heavier than the same model with wooden handles.
Definitely an early and difficult to find Al Mar collectible.
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