How is the new Al Mar Quicksilver quality made in China?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by fa012en, Apr 2, 2020.

  1. fa012en

    fa012en

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    Apr 22, 2019
    Does anyone own one of these Al Mar Quicksilver slim line knives? I have been eyeing them for a while but am having a hard time pulling the trigger. If it was made in Seki for this price I would jump on it. But being made in China I am very hesitant. I like the looks but spending over $100 for a Chinese knife is foreign to me (no pun intended). I have owned lots of Chinese knives but the were all under $30 and I just used them for messing around. If anyone has one of these and can speak to the quality and if it is worth the $129 I would appreciate it much. quicksilver-slimline-ultralight-knife-open-front.jpg
     
  2. razorburn

    razorburn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2007
    Not sure about the quality but I've been eyeing this stiletto
     
  3. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    Given that Al Mar has a reputation they worked hard to get, I'm pretty sure they would not do anything to jeopardize that reputation.
    Based on that, it should be fine.
    Whatever company is making it for Al Mar, they can build to whatever specs and quality Al Mar is willing to pay for, else El Mar would never have contracted with them.
     
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  4. JeremiahWeaver09

    JeremiahWeaver09

    Nov 13, 2009
    i dont have one but it doesnt look bad. the d2 benchmade socp folder looks comparable and is usa made for only $30 or so more.
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  5. Bastler

    Bastler Gold Member Gold Member

    665
    Feb 9, 2020
    Good point, Jeremiah. I don't know about the Al Mar knife in question, but the assurance of Benchmade quality and customer service is easily worth $30 to me.
     
  6. Timothy 75

    Timothy 75

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    Aug 11, 2011
    I dont like this plastic gripped direction benchmade is heading. Powder coated aluminum and g10 were their strong points....
     
  7. fa012en

    fa012en

    31
    Apr 22, 2019
    The benchmade is probably a superior knife but I prefer the looks and Titanium handle on the Al Mar. I have been reading conflicting information about the Al Mar company and that they were sold and the quality is not there anymore like it used to be when they moved production to China. That is why I was hoping someone would actually have one of these so I can get a first hand opinion about the quality. I guess worst case I could buy it and return it if it isn't the quality I expect and just be out some postage.
     
  8. Ourorboros

    Ourorboros

    608
    Jan 23, 2017
    Ha! No.
    The company is no longer in the hands of Al Mar's family.
    I don't have the Quicksilver. I do have the new Honeybone Eagle and "Ultralight" Hawk & Eagle.
    The Classic in no way measures up to the Seki Al Mars. Blade wobble - both vertically and sideways when locked. Protruding pins. It merely looks like an Eagle.
    The Ultralights (FRN with liner) are okay, but are also ~$35 knives.

    These are certainly not WE made knives or even Kizer made quality.
     
  9. KenHash

    KenHash

    Sep 11, 2014
    The Cold Steel Ti-Lite, formerly made in Seki but now in Taiwan is also an alternative. A proven design has been around a long time.[​IMG]
     
  10. bouddha0357

    bouddha0357

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    Jan 23, 2013
    I have one of the Eagle Classic and it does not measure up in quality with past production.

    This being said I will poney up the money for an Eagle Ultralight Titanium in the soon to come future.
    The idea being to spare my beloved Al Mar Eagle HD...
     
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  11. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    There is no longer a Mar associated with Al Mar knives and the current management doesn't appear to be as concerned about quality as the previous owners.-IMHO--KV
     
  12. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Al Mar is currently just a resurrected dead brand used by an unscrupulous operator to pedal cheap Chinese junk on the unsuspecting. Stay away from the new stuff and you will be happy that you did.

    n2s
     
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  13. lonestar1979

    lonestar1979

    Mar 2, 2014
    Ti lite is probably the best and most usefull out of these,it is strong,cuts well and opens with ease.
     
  14. John_0917

    John_0917 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 15, 2014
    Ehh well no, Al Mar of today is not the Al Mar of 30 years ago; once Al died the rights to the name changed hands several times, there was litigation etc. I believe it is currently owned by equity and manufactured in China...not inherently bad (China makes some good knives) but don’t associate it with the Al Mar of reputation.

    It’s basically a similar scenario as what Emerson did with Kai, except the ownership of this one is honest about it.
     
  15. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    The present owner appears to have stolen the company from Al Mar's widow. He failed to respect her interest in the company and allowed her to die without due compensation. I am sure he would gladly do to us what he did to her; so beware.

    n2s
     
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  16. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Gary Fadden by name.--KV
     
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  17. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Which China: communist (mainland) China, or Taiwan, which is a democracy? The CS knives I have that were made in Taiwan (mainly CS) are top quality. I would not buy anything made in communist China, unless there was no other choice.
     
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  18. John_0917

    John_0917 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 15, 2014
    Taiwan aka The Republic of China (ROK)...communist China is the People’s Republic of California.
     
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  19. Legendary_Jarl

    Legendary_Jarl

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    Feb 8, 2010
    Quality is probably magnificent. But the real question is: do you really want anything made in China after all they caused? I sure don't. It is sad because the upcoming WE angst is really cool and I'd get it. Not at the expense of giving that lying regime a single cent of my money.
     
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  20. fa012en

    fa012en

    31
    Apr 22, 2019
    Thank you Ken for your input. I already own the Ti-lite 4" and also had the 6". What I really liked about the Al Mar was the 5" blade which I find perfect for this type of knife. The 6" inch was too big and the 4" is too small. I own a cheap Chinese Stiletto that has a 5" blade and I love everything about it but the quality. But I only paid about $15. If Cold Steel made the 5" I would get one for sure. But to be honest I prefer the looks of the Al Mar Quicksilver more than the Ti-Lite.
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