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Al Mar SOG with black Micarta handles and marked SEKI-JAPAN. It is mint with the great original sheath and box. The blade is 6-1/2" and it is 11-7/8" overall. Model 4008-A1.

It comes with the original fine leather sheath made by Tex Shoemaker & Son of San Dimas, California. The sheath is brown leather with stone and pocket on the front. During the Vietnam conflict, the U.S. Army's Special Forces commissioned a combat knife for members of its S.O.G. (Studies and Observation Group) teams. These were made in Okinawa and bear no maker's markings. This is Al Mar's homage to that knife and the forces that used it. It is made better than the original!

Initiated by Colonel Nick Rowe, creator of the Special Operations Command's SERE (Survive, Escape, Resistance, Evasion) School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, capable of meeting the stringent demands required in combat/survival situations.

MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command, Vietnam - Studies and Observation Group) was an unconventional warfare task force engaged in highly classified operations throughout Southeast Asia. The U.S. Army's Special Forces (Green Berets), Air Force Combat Controllers, Navy SEALs and other units channeled personnel into MACV-SOG through Special Operations Augmentation (SOA), which provided their "cover" while under secret orders to MACV-SOG. The teams performed deep penetration missions of strategic reconnaissance and interdiction which were called, depending on the time frame, "Shining Brass" or "Prairie Fire" missions.

Al Mar was working for an industrial design firm in Los Angeles in 1967. Gerber's first designer retired about this time and Al Mar joined Gerber Legendary Blades in 1967 or 68 (American Blade magazine Dec. 1976) after Pete Gerber gave Al the task of coming up with an aluminum handle for a kitchen knife. Pete Gerber thought the project was very successful and offered Al the position of design chief. Did you know that Al is credited with designing the Gerber Mark I.

He left Gerber in 1979 to start Al Mar Knives and he died in October of 1992. Al was 54 years old. The new owners have now discontinued most of the original models and moved to other makers on the remaining models. This leaves the knives made while Al was in control of the company very desirable and collectible! Mar is Chinese for horse.

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Al Mar SOG with black Micarta handles and marked SEKI-JAPAN. It is mint with the great original sheath and box. The blade is 6-1/2" and it is 11-7/8" overall. Model 4008-A1. X-00035 Sold

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