While it’s too soon for me to provide a full review of the knife, I have handled it enough to share some initial thoughts and impressions. I normally EDC a Spyderco Leafstorm, which boasts high-tech materials and a unique design. I felt I could use a more classically styled gentleman’s knife to complement my knife rotation. I was lucky enough to nab the last remaining stock of this Al Mar Falcon Classic Talon that I have been eyeing since forever (even before buying my Hawk Ultralight) — at about 50% off MSRP.
The knife is a lockback design with dual thumbstuds and a false edge (Talon blade). It comes easily hair-popping sharp out of the box and it pierces effortlessly. Other features include a 3.15” AUS-8 blade, a 4” handle composed of stainless steel bolsters, polished black micarta and brass liners… To my surprise, I managed to secure a serialized model (#172 of 200). Despite this knife using only a mid-range steel, I feel the build quality, attention to detail and in-hand experience makes it worth its price (especially at 50% off MSRP).
Even though this is the largest knife I own, it still remains elegantly slim. The extra handle length helps it sit better in pocket, making it a good candidate for lanyard carry. Because this knife is part of the ‘Classic’ series, it foregoes the popular pocket clip carry option and instead comes with an equally high quality leather sheath. It’s very handsome and perfectly finished. I just wish it came in black. I called Al Mar and asked if the Ultralight Proclip system was compatible with the Classic, but unfortunately it isn’t. That would be my only complaint about carry options.
The handles are sleek, smooth, and perfectly finished as well. You can see how tightly and cleanly the brushed stainless steel bolster meets the polished micarta. The brass liners (not skeletonized) add some substance and heft to the knife. Some may think this is too heavy for EDC at a little over 3 oz, but considering the overall sleekness in general, it is not cumbersome in pocket.
The action and lockup on this knife are buttery smooth with no blade play. It was difficult for me at first to use the thumbstud (I was flicking from the base of the stud, it helps to flick on the grooves of the stud instead) but now it just flies open and locks up with a convincing, authoritative click. The lockback is comfortable to disengage and the blade comes down with the right amount of force.
I am surprised that there isn’t much talk of Al Mar from what I can see, especially considering that they have been offering relatively affordable, beautiful Japanese made knives for decades. Even with its capable steel, luxurious blend of materials, superb fit and finish, buttery smooth action and tight lockup, I fear mine won’t be getting as much use as it deserves — it’s simply too nice. I’d hate for it to become one of those knives, but I can’t help but think ‘it’s so nice’ every time it’s in my hand.
Just wanted your opinion about lighters, Personally I'm a none smoker but some people say it should be included in every EDC...
So should i included a lighter in my EDC?
If you find yourself in situations where you need a lighter everyday, then go for it. I find lighters to be too troublesome for what they’re worth, especially since I don’t smoke either. For example, a BIC lighter may be inexpensive but probably not durable enough for continued EDC. On the other hand, a Zippo is durable but if not used often, its fuel evaporates…
I would say if you really needed to carry a lighter but not for frequent use, grab a peanut lighter and keep it on your keychain. I have one of those in my bag and it doesn’t evaporate fuel or take up space.
Got my first "Benchmade" today! yaay! :) I also learned how to make lanyards and knots with paracord and have been going nuts on my EDC items for a couple of days.. Some new submissions are on the way! :)
My question is; how long do you make the lanyards on your items? Or is there any tactical or practical established length or type?
Congrats on the BM.
Regarding lanyards — I personally don’t use them (I will soon, though). There is no ‘standard’ length or type AFAIK, but it should satisfy some requirements. To me, a lanyard’s main function is facilitating retrieval from the pocket, then secondly, providing extra material to grip. Lastly, it can unravel as emergency cord or be used as a handle to flail keys in a self defense situation or something…
Some people add lanyards for decorative purposes too.
My advice would be to just make it long enough to stick out of your pocket a bit so you can easily grab it. That’s how long I’d make mine, anyway.
I’m sure other readers have opinions, so please check comments for further input.
As a flash-a-holic I'd figure I'd consult you in my quest for a AAA light. Would you recommend I get the new Fenix e05, one of the new 4sevens S2 editions (preon?), or stick to the classic Maratec AAA?
If you do not have a reliable EDC light yet, I say stick to the Maratac AAA. Although I do prefer Fenix and 4sevens lights over the AAA, the lights you are considering are still very very new. I pre-ordered a Fenix E05 with the intention of reviewing it ASAP for my readers here, as I think it’s a promising EDC light for non-flashaholics.
The 4sevens S2 editions may be cutting edge but they are still rather pricey, and general EDCers/non flashaholics may not feel the higher flux bin and ANSI ratings justify the price. Secondly, nobody has really seen the output of the 4sevens S2s anyway — the tint may prove to be a nuisance…
At around $20 I think the Maratac is a good starting point, though if you’re anything like me, it won’t be long before you’ll feel the itch to upgrade. However, by the time that itch comes, there should be plenty of reviews and testimonials about the other lights you have in question. It’s up to you if you want to take the risk… When making a purchase of any kind, think, plan and research!
Just wondering what the logo is for the site.
Great site by the way.
P.S. Why do so many people carry guns and knives? I know Americans have a right to bear arms, but this is ridiculous.
I don’t have a real ‘logo’ yet, I sketched up a draft a long time ago but I could use some help before finalizing it. :[
The picture on the sidebar is a macro shot of an LED in moonmode and the reflector surrounding it. I had that up there since I started the blog a long time ago, and back then I was really only into flashlights. Let’s just say I’m working on it >_<
P.S. People who carry guns carry them for protection. It isn’t really ridiculous, it’s just that guns appeal to the target audience and contributor demographic here. If I actually published a lot of pedestrian pocket dumps like some other blogs do, you would see that the amount of people carrying guns and knives is fewer.
Lastly, in general, EDC knives are primarily tools, and weapons second, unless they were made with tactical purposes in mind.
I've been seeing a lot of key holders like the one featured here: http://everyday-carry.com/post/923221259/submitted-by-wiseform-still-working-on-my
Can they be bought somewhere or are they all custom jobs?
These are ‘custom’ in that it’s DIY. You can either take a multitool apart and fit keys to it or make one out of sheet metal or something. A bunch of my friends have already done this, so here is some of their documentation:
Love the site! My favorite thing to come to.
I saw one of your edc's awhile back and noticed you were carrying an al-mar. How do you like it? Really contemplating picking up one.
If you’re talking about the Ultralight series, I think they’re a good value. While it doesn’t have the best steel (AUS8) it’s still Japan-made with impeccable fit and finish. It also has really nice ergonomics to me and it slices like crazy (FFG I believe). It’s one of those knives you can carry and not know it’s on you until you need it. Also, flicking it open is pretty hard at first, I recommend lubing the pivot with mineral oil and then playing with it to get it smooth. At ~70 bucks, there are some good alternatives as well.. but if you want something minimal, unobtrusive and handsome, go for it. If you want a tougher, more versatile EDC blade, look elsewhere. I bought one to complement my Spyderco Leafstorm, which has a more modern steel and titanium framelock and all that so they go well together.