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If you are a knife collector, you will already know how rare these knives are. Fetching over NZ$2500 the USA in mint boxed condition now.

These knives are icons of Al Mar's work, made by the smiths in Seki City in Japan. Al Mar was a former Navy SEAL who served in Vietnam and was head of design for Gerber knives, before leaving to start his own company.

This SF-SOG Bowie by Al Mar Knives features a satin finished blade (I believe he was using N690 steel, similar to VG10) with umsharpened top edge, .236" blade stock and 1.367" blade depth, hidden tang construction. The handle has a brass guard/pommel and stacked leather handle with aluminum, brass, red, white and black spacers. Comes with original brown leather sheath but no box. Excellent condition. 6.5" blade 12" overall.

Etched on one side of the blade is Al Mar's Chop and his name. The other side has two Special Forces badges etched onto it.

Knife has been stored in the sheath so some very minor surface marks, but never used, never sharpened as far as I am able to tell. The brown leather sheath was made by Tex Shoemaker I believe and includes the original sharpening stone. It has collected a little surface dirt (the knife is probably from the mid to late 80's, pre Al's death, so is in very good condition for the age)

This is a rare collector's piece. Price reflects that and you can do your own research to see what these fetch elsewhere in the world.

Sensible questions welcome,

Note - the brass fittings have been allowed to age gracefully. They could be returned to bright again with elbow grease and appropriate polish.
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