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Al Mar 5HDET-ZL Eagle Heavy Duty Folder 4" Laminated ZDP-189 Blade, Earth Brown G10 Handles

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Part Number: AM5HDETZL
Manufacturer: Al Mar Knives
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AM5HDETZL: 5HDET-ZL Eagle HD Heavy Duty ZDP-189
Al Mar Knives
A really great knife with the super hard ZDP189 carbon steel blade. The Eagle is an amazingly large yet lightweight folder that's very popular as an EDC knife. Now it can be a collection queen with earth brown G10 and laminated ZDP-189 steel. The Al Mar Eagle has always been a great and full sized folding lockback pocketknife. The slim profile makes it easy to carry. This heavy duty model is actually thinner than the lightweight Micarta ones and it's also still very lightweight. The G10 handles are very thin and rest on full stainless liners. The top quality Japanese manufacturing shows through in every aspect. The pocket clip is reversible to the other side of the handle. We like this model and think a lot of Al Mar enthusiasts will see its value. These are all made in the Moki factory in Japan - one of the finest quality makers in the world.

Introducing the Eagle Heavy Duty model. Built for the individual that carries the Eagle Ultralight for their "EDC" and wished they could have a tougher version with the same features as the SERE 2000. Well here it is, the all new Eagle "HD" Heavy Duty. The "HD" weighs in at only one ounce more than the Ultralight version, it has skeleton-ized heat treated 400 series stainless steel liners , G10 scales, adjustable action, dual thumstuds and a reversible/removable pocket clip system which attaches through the lanyard hole. Just as the Eagle Ultralight is very easy to carry and disappears in your pocket, so does the Eagle Heavy Duty. Al Mar took the same great profile and slim design and added strength and features. The Eagle Heavy Duty - it will be your next favorite "EDC" or "Every Day Carry" knife. This wonderful knife has earth brown G10 handles and laminated ZDP-189 steel which is among the best in the industry for edge retention.
  • Blade Steel: Laminated ZDP-189
  • Blade Length: 4"
  • Overall Length: 9"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.10"
  • Weight: 3 oz.
  • Action: Al Mar Front Lock
  • Scales: Earth Brown G10
  • Clip: Reversible, Black, Stainless Steel
  • Made in Japan

UPC Code: 420310

The original locking mechanism. It can be found mid spine or at the bottom of the handle, and it provides tight lockup that will wear well.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Made in Japan
Made in Japan
The exotic steel Capital of the World, Japan produces and innovates some of the best products, from pocket to kitchen knives and everything in between.
ZDP-189 Steel
ZDP-189 Steel
Has an extremely high carbon and chromium content allowing for exceptional sharpness and durability. With this hardness comes decreased corrosive properties.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
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5 out of 5
Jun 04, 2015
Love it
My first knife purchase of this level of quality and I was not disappointed. It was shave sharp out of the box, opening was a little gritty until I put a drop of oil on it then it was great. I am digging Al Mar knives.
5 out of 5
Jan 25, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Lock Type, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: Sheath, None
Al Mar Eagle Evolved
I've owned two other Al Mar Eagles: a classic with the regular blade (lost) and a laminated VG-10 Ultralight Talon (gave to wife). This Eagle is the perfect combination of both, and laminated ZDP-189 "ain't" so bad.
5 out of 5
bellevue, washington
Nov 18, 2014
Pros: None
Cons: None
al mar eagle hd in ZDP 189
I purchased this knife from, and as usual, their customer service was unimpeachable. I got it in 3 days, just as promised. There are some things I don't like about this knife, They are all things that are not really negative per se, but just contrary to my tastes. First of all, I prefer liner locks to lockbacks, but I'm sure I will get used to the change. I wish Al Mar would offer the option of a DLC coated blade, and different sizes. 4 inch blade is technically not legal to carry where I live. Like most lock backs it requires a fair amount of wrist action to open. I don't like that. Ergonomics of the thumb studs are very good, so that ameliorates the issue. Still, this knife is slow to open compared with other systems. On the plus side it is not likely to come open by accident in your pocket, even with tip-up carry, unlike some liner locks. I bought this knife for one reason: the ZDP 189 blade steel. ZDP is like nothing else in my experience. I used to have a William Henry DLC ZDP that I carried, but sadly I lost it. I replaced it with a WH Damascus type ZDP blade but was not happy with it. It seems that all ZDP is not created equal. The moment of truth came yesterday when I had to re-sharpen the AL Mar HD ZDP w/ my DMT Aligner (also purchased from KC). After only one try, the blade was again razor-sharp and left a section of my forearm bare of hair. This is now my EDC. I am a blue collar guy and use my knife at work all the time. This one cuts virtually effortlessly. One other caveat is that the weight according to my scale is 3.2 ounces, not the 3.0 advertised by KC. 3.2 is still good for a knife with a 4 inch blade, so I can't complain too much about that. Still, weight is important to me, and I don't understand why purveyors can't get it right. It is possible that my scale just needs to be calibrated but I doubt it Finally this knife is inherently one of the most aesthetically pleasing I have ever had. I like the blade shape, which reminds me of the Italian stilettos that I carried as a kid. The fit & finish is great. When I run my finger over the joint between blade and lock bar, it's tough to detect where one ends and the other begins. Ultimately pretty is as pretty does, This knife cuts almost effortlessly, which is what I have a knife for. I wish it were made in a version w/ 3.5 inch DLC coated blade, flipper finger guard, and pivot bearing.
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