Old 05-07-2010, 21:14   #46
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I have never seen another one like it, do you recall the name of the blade, the markings are "SOF" on it.
You've never seen that style knife before? Google images for "MACV SOG bowie".
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Old 05-08-2010, 18:32   #47
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You've never seen that style knife before? Google images for "MACV SOG bowie".
Correct.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:19   #48
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Anyone else in here a fan of old Al Mar Knives?

If so, I have a couple I will post pics of.

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Here's mine Al Mar/ benchmade prototype General Pourpose Automatic(GPA) came with a note signed by Al Mar. I was told at one time Al Mar was the first to start the whole prototype thing. He would basically send a proto to each one of his dealers to assess the level of interest. Before starting a major production run. this model is serial numbered, I'm not positive but I believe there to be 100 out there.

the GPA went on to become the benchmade 9050, and was issued as part of the pilot survival vests. This is the first model that actually has both the Al mar chop stamp and the old BM bali-song logo on it. very few changes were done to this knife over the years, most noticeable being the addition of pocket clip.

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Old 05-11-2010, 19:01   #49
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A couple of years ago my son-in-law was the honor grad of his police academy class. I dug out my safe a new-in-box Al Mar SERE 2000 folder that I came by in a decade old trade. When I came by the knife, I recognized the heft and quality of the knife. However it was too valuable for me to carry and abuse on a daily basis.

I reversed the clip on it so it could be carried in the left(weak hand) hand front pocket of his uniform trousers. I got it in the hands of the chief so he could present it to my son in law along with the other swag that the top cop graduate got.

In this department there is an unwritten but universally held protocol that the best form of gun retention is to maim or kill anyone attempting to grab your gun. Most believe that a couple of stab wounds to the eyes of your attacker will end a gun grab very quickly. However, most cops carry their pocket clip folders in the strong side front trouser pocket. I can't imagine getting the knife into action if your strong hand is protecting your weapon.

I digress, my experience with Al Mar products is long but thin. My impression is that they are(or were, as the case may be) well made sturdy knives with a keen edge.
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Old 03-08-2011, 13:26   #50
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:33   #51
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Al Mar Nick Rowe Commemorative Set

I have #3 of this set.

I believe either #1 or #2 is at SFA Headquarters in Fayetteville.

#3 went to SGM Dan Pitzer. It was passed down to me when Dan died.

One of the rarest of the rare AMK project knives.
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I do not know what model this is or any history on it . . . . ?
Fang II around 1986 or so. Tex Shoemaker sheath. All the Al Mar stuff was quality!!

Bill, did you work on this design?
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Fang evolution

The Fang I and II were evolutions of the Gerber MK I that Al designed for Gerber.

But the way he wanted to do it

Later on, early 90s before he passed, he brought out a less expensive alternative set titled the Shadow I and II.

Double edgedd and Zytel molded grip.
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Old 05-17-2014, 17:26   #54
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Nick Rowe Commerative

Two shots of my Nick Rowe commeorative set.

Left to me by SGM Dan Pitzer.

Set #3 of fewer than perhaps 25 completed and presented by Al.

I was honored to write the bio for Colonel Rowe which was placed under a copy of his book in each set.
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