Product DescriptionKershaw 2330 Almar Knives AM-4
The AM-4 features SpeedSafe assisted opening for quick and simple one-handed opening. Just pull back on the flipper or push on the thumbstud. The blade is quality 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a handsome satin finish and a top swedge. The front handle scale is G-10—crowned and polished for a smooth feel and classy look. The back is pure steel with a sturdy frame lock to keep the blade in position until you release it. The AM-4 also features a deep-carry pocketclip with AL MAR™ KNIVEs' red logo emblem and—for an extra measure of visual interest—we used red standoffs.
In addition to a dedication to the original designs, Kershaw kept two things in mind when creating these exciting AL MAR™ KNIVES: quality and value. We are using top-notch materials including top-of-the-line blade steel and real G-10 scales. Plus, we’re paying special attention to details. Yet we’re keeping the prices down on these classic knives—which means these brilliant AL MAR™ KNIVES are now readily available to a new generation of knife enthusiasts.
- Red tube spacers
- AL MAR™ KNIVES design
- SpeedSafe® assisted opening
- Frame lock
- Single-position deep-carry pocketclip (right, tip-up)
- Steel: 8Cr13MoV, satin finish
- Handle: Polished contoured G-10 front, contoured steel back with black-oxide coating
- Blade length: 3.5 in. (8.9 cm)
- Closed length: 4.25 in. (10.8 cm)
- Open length: 7.75 in. (19.7 cm)
- Weight: 2.8 oz. (79.4 g)
- Origin: China
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1. The looks: For me, the satin black is the way to go. I've never been a fan of G10, but the AM4 looks really nice. It adds a gentleman's knife appeal. There are three red back-spacers which add a nice accent as well as the red Al Mar logo on the clip. I usually don't like swedges but I don't really mind it on this knife because I think it adds to the overall look of the knife.
2. The Build: The blade shape reminds me of what we used to call a "weehawk". I'm not sure if that term being used anymore. Basically it's a sharp drop point with a swedge or false edge that runs about 2/3of the spine. Personally I could do without the swedge. The AM4 has the same style blade that used to be on old fighting knives like on some switblades and ballisongs that I remember from the 80's. Be that as it may, the knife looks classy. There is jimping on the blade above the thumb stud. There is also jimping on the speedsafe lever which I think is a nice functional detail. The steel framelock has a nice positive lock and is easy to unlock. The deep-carry clip is one sided with tip up carry only. The worst part and maybe the only bad part of the AM4 is the double-sided thumb stud. It sticks out just a tiny hair above the handle scales. I've tried opening the knife issuing the thumb studs and it's nearly impossible. Therefore, I have no idea why they are there. I'm thinking of grinding them down.
The works: mechanically, the Kershaw speedsafe works beautifully. The action is fast, smooth and relatively quiet. The steel framelock engages very well with no looseness. The hollow ground blade comes super sharp out of the package. The only way of could be any sharper is for a barber to strop it.
I use my knife everyday so I end up sharpening about once or twice a week. I use a 1200 grit Japanese water stone. It seems to sharpen well. However, the thumb studs do get in the way of sharpening. Cleaning the knife is fast and easy with regular dish detergent. Overall he AM4 is a lot of knife for the money.
A well made knife for the price. Recommended.