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.
Thanks for reading and carry on~
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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.
Sorry, I don’t travel.