Kershaw's AM-4 draws inspiration from classic AL MAR knives, and incorporates SpeedSafe assisted opening for quick and simple one-handed deployment using the flipper or thumb studs. Its blade is made from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a satin finish and a short section of jimping on the spine for increased blade control. The black finished steel frame lock handle comes fitted with a black G-10 front scale, red standoffs, and a deep carry pocket clip with the AL MAR logo.
Good Al Mar design and construction. Looks great. Unobtrusive. Snappy open. Good enough steel. This is one of the best bargains available at Blade HQ.
Great EDC at a good price.
I typically EDC this when I'm wearing dress pants or suits. The black deep carry clip on the black G-10 disappears. Good feel in hand. The weight is awesome.
Can be sharpened to a razor. Thin lite and easy opening. Going to get another just in case.
This is a really great little knife. I liked the look of it when it first came out, and then sold out.... I waited and am pleased when I finally got it a while back. Easy to carry and sharpen, and I love the Al-Mar look of it. Action works great. Great purchase for the money.
This knife fits in seamlessly when I take it to work, half the time nobody knows I have a knife on me. While the blade width is thin and the thickness is too, the stiletto blade shape with the upper swedge could allow this knife to flex into the tactical role if need be. Lastly the sub 4 ounce carry weight along with the framelock design, red anodized standoffs, and speedsafe assisted opening make this knife quite the value for 30+-5 dollars.
Imho this is better that the original. Very ergonomic and sturdy. Blade steel is not perfect but holds up well for EDC task. Impressed with this collaboration.
I really like mine. It opens swift and sure, is easy to close (unlock) one handed and the steel, while economy priced, take an edge easily and stays sharp enough for most daily tasks. You'll end up sharpening this blade more often than a higher quality steel, however, for the price, everyone should have one of these.
I really wanted to like this knife. Pros: VERY light, narrow profile (handle doesn't swell though I expected it to from the pictures), smooth and fast opening. Good steel, holds an edge well for the light-duty stuff I do. Cons: All the stuff you're reading about worthless thumb studs is perfectly correct. Can't reverse the pocket clip. I don't love the narrow blade width, either... Here's the killer for me, though -- the blade profile is just wrong for a utility knife. The false edge 2/3 of the way up the back of the blade combined with the long, slender spear-point design make this knife look like something a wanna-be gangster would carry. It's just excessively menacing. Back before I lost my Kershaw Leek, sometimes when I took it out of my pocket and snapped it open, people said, "Woah." If I took this out of my pocket and snapped it open in front of the same people, they'd probably pee themselves. This is a pretty good knife but NOT recommended as a gentleman folder -- the overall aesthetics are just too menacing and would frighten the sheeple away. Revised: I was unfair to this knife. 6 months later, it's my favorite EDC. I like the way it feels in my hand, and the blade holds its edge reasonably well. I still don't love the false edge on the back of the blade. Doesn't quite disappear into the pocket the way a Leek does. Nevertheless, this has become my go-to knife. (And it hasn't yet startled anyone into peeing themselves...)
I love love love this knife. It is almost perfect. Almost. First off the good. It is sleek and sexy! This is the knife that’s in my pocket when I’m feeling good and have a little spring in my step. Just like the spring in the speed safe opening. Which is snappy and satisfying. Sharp out of the box and beautiful. I don’t mind the slippery scales as it’s more of a special occasion carry. That said the one thing I don’t like about this knife is and the only thing keeping this from being a 5 star knife for me is the thumb stud. It’s small, painful and it’s really unusable for opening the knife. The flipper is great if it didn’t have that little ouch inducing stud this knife would be perfect.
This is a great gentlemen's folder. It has a "dressy" look to it so I usually wear it with formal attire. It hides great in pocket of suit pants. Snappy deployment. Handles are sharp in a few spots and it is difficult to close one-handed. If you can't afford an Al-Mar this is a great option for the price!
It's an OK classy knife, it's slim, classy looking, small in pocket but it has some flaws that are annoying to me. The G10 is a little slippery in the hands, thumbstud is pretty hard to use, the detent is pretty stiff, the red spacers are already scratched and the deep carry pocket clip screws catches on the pants. "It's not good, it's not bad, it's lutefisk."