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Al Mar BU1-2 Backup 1 Fixed 4" Tanto Blade, Micarta Handles, Leather Sheath

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Part Number: AMBU1
Manufacturer: Al Mar Knives
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AMBU1: Backup 1 Tanto
Al Mar Knives
The Backup models are smaller lighter fixed blades designed for all-day, everyday carry. They offer you exactly what their name tells you: they are backup for anything your day may bring. Available in 4" Model 1, Tanto, and 3" Model 2, Hawkbill, the Al Mar Backups are designed by ABS Mastersmith Kirk Rexroat.
  • Blade Length: 4"
  • Overall Oength: 8.5"
  • Weight: 4 oz.
  • Steel: AUS-8, Rc 57-59
  • Blade Thickness: 0.16"
  • Action: Fixed Blade
  • Scales: Black Micarta
  • Sheath: Leather
  • Made in Japan

UPC Code: 000287

AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
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.
Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles
Micarta is a compressed layered composite sealed within a thermosetting plastic which creates a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
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Michael Carroll
Corvallis , Or.
May 08, 2011
Pros: Finish, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material
Cons: None
Al Mar Backup
great balance and design. works equally well in saber and reverse grip. not sure how they come up with a 4 inch blade measurement. light and comfortable carry open on the belt or tucked inside the waistband concealed.
5 out of 5
Denver, CO
Mar 19, 2010
Pros: Blade Material, Finish, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard
great knife
I totally agree with the second reviewer... the sheath is an abomination. Everything else with the knife is fantastic though. And when I'm out on the streets getting busy killing and stabbing and slicing like 30 fools at a time, the handle does get a little slippery when it is completely covered in blood. My solution is to rip out one of my victims intestines with my bare hands, then wrap it around the handle - my firm grip is restored - problem solved.
5 out of 5
San Bernardino, CA
Mar 12, 2010
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Superb Knife in a Comically Bad Sheath
If you have been looking for a knife that is perfectly sized and designed for self-defense, but can also, unlike many daggers, etc., be useful for edc cutting chores, this is it. The handle angle, two grip positions, thumb stud, etc. all make for very positive and responsive handling. That's really important for those times when you're just totally coated in slippery blood and gore, as the other reviewer suggested. Ninja that I am, that happens to me all the time-at the mall mostly, sometimes at Pizza Hut. The steel is high quality, nicely ground, and quite sharp. I'd say the knife is lovely to behold (unlike the other al mar backup, which looks like a gnarled claw). Sadly, the sheath is junk. If it looks like something made by drunks with glue sticks, that's because it is. Only marginally better than a cardboard wrapper that you might improvise in 3 minutes, it makes one cry to high heaven: Why? Why!? It means you'll need to get another sheath if you are serious about carrying it. Still, the knife is so good that a fellow can sort of look past the criminal shoddiness of the sheath. Sort of.
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