What is a SOG Knife?
One can’t tell the story of SOG without first mentioning the Vietnam War. MACV-SOG, a covert US special operations unit, raised hell throughout Vietnam – carrying on their hip a knife tough enough to keep up with them – the renowned combat blade known as the SOG bowie knife.
Flash forward to 1986 – a young Spencer Frazer was inspired to pay respect to those brave men and the knife that they so proudly carried. He set out to create a faithful commemorative SOG bowie knife. The knife exploded in popularity and one knife quickly became an entire line of premium knives. The name SOG has since become synonymous with expert workmanship and flawless design.
SOG products can be found wherever absolute excellence and quality are imperative. These tools serve overseas, often attached to flak and belts of our nation’s armed forces. Large fixed blades are a favorite tool of the tough men and women who stand ready to serve. These knives are used as hammers, pry bars, digging tools, and yes, even as knives on occasion.
Taking the name SOG was a risk – to compare one’s knives to the legendary Special operations group. SOG could have easily just been a commemorative knife and faded away. Instead they became the premier tactical knife maker in the world. Giving soldiers, police officers, and outdoorsmen the tools they need to get the job done.
SOG Flash & Aegis Knives
The Flash II and the Aegis are the folding knives that set the standard for all to be compared to. These knives deploy in, well, a flash and lock up tightly with SOG’s unique piston locking system. This knife is ideal for simple everyday carry, or in the tool box of men and women who save lives daily.
The pocket folders are perfect for everyday use in the hands of anyone, but when the time arrives that your knife becomes a necessity, you’ll be glad to own a SOG. In the hands of hunters it’s capable of dressing out any game. In the hands of first-responders this knife solves problems.
Fixed Blade – SOG SEAL Pup
SOG’s Seal Pup is the little brother to one of the most popular fixed-blade knives currently on the market. The SEAL pup features the same quality, workmanship and overall tough factor the famous SEAL Team Elite is known for. The SEAL pup is not just a name, the SEAL Pup and SEAL Team is the preferred knife of the world famous, elite SEAL teams. The SEALs are one of the world’s most elite fighting forces, and they need a knife high speed enough to keep up.
SOG has trimmed off over 3 inches in overall length from the original SEAL blade, as well as almost five ounces is weight. The actual blade has been shortened from seven inches to four and quarter. This makes the blade much handier in close quarters, and the smaller knife is much easier to carry either on a hunter’s belt, or a soldier’s flak jacket.
The SOG Trident
What are you getting when you buy a Trident? A tough-as-nails knife that you can depend on. The Trident series of knives features the SOG assisted technology, also known as the S.A.T., which is a system of assisted-opening that has proven itself extremely dependable. SOG also features what’s called the ARC-Actuator locking system to guarantee a strong lock up, as well as an easy release. There is a built in safety to guarantee the blade doesn’t open in your pocket as well.
The SOG Trident derives it’s name from the three pronged spear used by fishermen back in the day. The modern SOG Trident is no three pronged beast of a spear, but one heck of a pocket knife that does fit perfectly on the boat of modern fishermen. The SOG Trident delivers the quality workmanship you’ve come to expect from a SOG product.
The Trident features a variety of options to choose from. The blade is 3.75 inches long and the knife’s overall length is 8.5 inches. The knife only weighs in at 3.6 ounces, making it lightweight enough to use as a day-to-day carry. The point comes in both clip point and tanto, as well as straight and partially serrated blades. The blades come in a traditional black finish, stainless, tiger stripe and coyote brown.
SOG offers a line of coloring options for the grips, including desert digital, and an army ACU style, as well as hard case black. The handle is made from glass-reinforced nylon which makes a tough handle, but cuts the weight. Ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain.
The Trident also features a patented feature called the Groove. The groove is built into the handle and used to cut ropes, string, etc. The groove doesn’t require the blade to be opened to use, but is perfectly capable of cutting. The design of the groove is perfectly safe for pocket or pouch carry.
Like all SOG’s knives, this one is made to work. The strength and dependability of a Trident makes it an excellent knife to throw in the tackle box. It is truly a fisherman’s friend. The blade’s finish resists corrosion that many salt water fishermen will encounter. The groove is perfect for a quick and safe way to cut fishing line on a rocking boat.
The blade’s ambidextrous features make it easy to handle when one hand is busier than the other. The SOG assisted technology guarantees a quick opening so when you need the blade in a pinch it’s there for you. The blade’s overall ergonomics make it easy to use, every piece you need is easy to access with one hand. The grip is comfortable and the non-slip surface will serve you well.
The blade itself, the most important feature of the knife, rises to the challenge. If the blade isn’t worth it, all the ergonomics and handy features don’t matter a bit. The blade does hold an excellent sharp edge. The tough AUS-8 steel holds up and will not bend or give during any kind of normal use.
So what are the downsides to this knife? There are a few, but they hardly slow the knife down. The first is a problem with all knives – the finish. The tini finish is strong; don’t get me wrong, but after heavy use it’s bound to start wearing off.
The blade size is a potential problem. In some jurisdictions and localities a knife’s blade must not be longer than 3 inches to be carried (concealed) on a day to day basis. The blade on this knife is three quarters of an inch too long, and could be considered a weapon. The same goes with the assisted opening technology, a number of counties have cracked down on any assisted opening technologies. On a boat or in a tree stand this knife may not be an issue, but always be aware of your local knife laws.
The SOG Trident is an excellent knife. Made in America, with SOG quality, that’s something you can’t beat. The knife features amazing ergonomics, and is completely ambidextrous. This knife is at home in the tackle box, the tool box, or the rucksack.
When you require a little more than a cutting tool SOG’s extensive line of multi tools should do more than satisfy. The SOG EOD is the multi tool the elite explosive ordinance disposal teams turn to. These tools feature the compound leverage technology to make crimping blasting caps easier and safer.
The SOG EOD multi tool will always be there for any odd job you have at hand. A tool box you can carry on your belt. Useful for basic mechanical work, gunsmithing, and nearly any do it yourself project. On the flip side, these tools are used in one of the most dangerous jobs in the world by men whose lives depend on their training, their skills, and their tools. We showcase many of the various SOG Tools in our interactive Ultimate SOG Multi-Tool Guide.