SHOT Show: SOG

SOG got their start in 1986, but they can actually trace their roots back to the sweltering jungles of Vietnam. During Vietnam there was a highly classified group known as MACV-SOG – a group whose very existence was denied for quite some time – and while they carried out dangerous missions, they carried a special knife. That original SOG Bowie knife was so unique and brutally effective it came as no surprise, really, when a young designer by the name of Spencer Frazer decided to create a commemorative version. That one knife led to another, and another…and the rest is, as they say, knife history.

The company got its name from that legendary group, keeping only the SOG, the initials the 1970s military tried to pass off as the Studies and Operation Group but which really stood for Special Operations Group. Today the name of SOG is synonymous with superior quality, so when I was given the opportunity to not only look at but play with their knives at SHOT Show, I jumped at the chance.

Part of SOG’s 2015 line

On Industry Day at the Range, SOG had a wooden wall and target set up for knife throwing next to their booth. They also had a patient instructor who walked me through the process until I got the hang of it; it was my first time throwing knives and tomahawks, and it was seriously fun. They’re offering quite a few new knives this year, some of which are expansions to existing lines and some which are entirely new. Take a look at a few below, and try not to burn a path to your closest SOG retailer.

Fling

These knives aren’t brand new, but they’re worth a mention. These throwing knives are well-balanced, easy to handle, and come in a three-pack. I lost track of how many I threw on that day, but it was quite satisfying when they thunked into place. If you want to learn to throw knives or just want to work on your current skills, take a look at these.

 

Fling throwing knives (silver)

SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range throwing knives at SOG

Overall Length 9.5″ 24.13 cm Product Weight 5.40 oz 153.09 g
Blade Length 2.8″ 7.11 cm Blade Thickness 0.14″ 0.36 cm
UPC 7-29857-99893-2 Product Type Throwing Knife, Fixed Blade
Country of Origin China Packaging Unibox – Display Ready
Engravable Yes Finish Satin
Edge Type Straight Blade Steel Type 3Cr13
Blade Shape Spear Point Handle Material Paracord Wrapped
Handle Color Green, Tan Hardness Rc. 49-51
Sheath Included Yes Sheath Color Black
Sheath Attachment Type Belt Loop Sheath Closure Type Velcro
Sheath Material Ballistic Nylon

Take a look online: http://www.sogknives.com/fling-3-pack.html

Zoom

The Zoom is a folding knife designed to be opened by pressing your thumb on the thumb stud; this knife opens faster than the average folding knife thanks to SOG’s assisted opening feature. And as with all SOG knives, this knife is balanced and durable.

Zoom

Overall Length 8.3″ 21.10 cm Closed Length 4.7″ 11.90 cm
Product Weight 4.40 oz 125 g Blade Length 3.6″ 9.10 cm
Blade Thickness 0.1″ 0.25 cm UPC 7-29857-00236-3
Product Type Folding Knife Locking Mechanism Button Lock
Belt Clip Type Reversible Low-Carry Engravable Yes
Finish Black TiNi Edge Type Partially Serrated
Blade Steel Type AUS-8 Blade Shape Clip Point
Handle Material Hard-Anodized 6061 T6 Aluminum Handle Color Black, Silver
Hardness Rc. 56-58

MSRP $118.00. Take a look online: http://www.sogknives.com/everyday-carry/new-for-2015/zoom-partially-serrated-black-tini.html

Tactical Tomahawk

Another SOG staple, the Tactical Tomahawk is modeled after the ones used in Vietnam. Although it was considered unusual in its original incarnation there’s a real need for this modernized version for everything from breaching to excavation. And because it’s balanced and fits comfortably in your hand, it’s another of the company’s products that’s an absolute pleasure to throw.

Tactical Tomahawka

Overall Length 15.75″ 40.01cm Product Weight 24.00 oz 680 g
Blade Length 2.75″ 6.99 cm UPC 7-29857-99485-9
Product Type Axe Finish Black
Packaging Blister Pack Country of Origin China
Engravable Yes Hardness Rc. 51-53
Blade Steel Type 420 Stainless Edge Type Straight
Handle Material Glass-Reinforced Nylon Handle Color Black
Sheath Included Yes Sheath Color Black
Sheath Material Ballistic Nylon Sheath Attachment Type Belt Loop
Sheath Closure Type Snap

 

MSRP $64.25. Take a look online: http://www.sogknives.com/tactical-tomahawk-black.html

Dark Energy

These flashlights are small, lightweight, and incredibly durable. They’re also quite bright at 263 lumens, which is brighter than most flashlights of this size, and they last for quite awhile with a burn time of 171 minutes at 100% or 89 hours in reading mode. It actually has five modes: momentary on/off, reading, 40%, 100%, and tactical strobe.

Dark Energy

Overall Length 5.1″ 12.95 cm Closed Length N/A N/A
Product Weight 4.10 oz 116.24 g UPC 7-29857-99647-1
Finish Black Hard Anodized Product Type Illumination
Engravable Yes Belt Clip Type Fixed
Handle Color Black Handle Material Black Hard Anodized Class II, Type III, 6061-T6 Aluminum
Packaging Unibox – Display Ready Battery CR-123A (2)
Burn Time 171 MIN @ 100% 89 HRS @ READING MODE Lumens (Max) 263
Country of Origin China

MSRP $130.00. Take a look online: http://www.sogknives.com/outdoor/illumination/darkenergy-247a.html

Instinct

This is a wearable fixed-blade knife and comes in two sizes. It can be worn on a lanyard around your neck or clipped to your boot or belt; it fits snugly in its holster and can be drawn with one smooth motion. The sheath is included.

Instinct G-10, sheathed

Instinct G-10, unsheathed

Instinct, sheathed

Overall Length 5.9″ 15 cm Product Weight 2.30 oz 65 g
Blade Length 2.3″ 5.80 cm Blade Thickness 0.16″ 0.41 cm
UPC 7-29857-00247-9 Product Type Fixed Blade
Lanyard Hole Yes Engravable Yes
Finish Satin Polished Edge Type Straight
Blade Steel Type 5Cr15MoV Blade Shape Clip Point
Handle Material Stainless Steel & G10 Handle Color Black, Silver
Hardness Rc. 53-57 Sheath Included Yes
Sheath Color Black Sheath Attachment Type Belt Clip
Sheath Material Hard Molded Nylon

MSRP Instinct $39.00, Instinct G-10 $45.00. Take a look online: Instinct http://www.sogknives.com/everyday-carry/new-for-2015/instinct.html Instinct G-10 http://www.sogknives.com/everyday-carry/new-for-2015/instinct-g10.html

Bladelight Folder Mini

Yes, it’s both a knife and a light. The Bladelight has 45 lumen LED lights on each side of the handle, giving you the ability to see what you’re doing even in the darkest situations. Turning the light on takes only a gentle press of the raised button on either side. This is a fun-yet-useful knife and well worth a second look.

Bladelight

Bladelight, folded

Overall Length 7″ 17.78 cm Closed Length 4″ 10.16 cm
Product Weight 3.40 oz 96.39 g Blade Length 3″ 7.62 cm
Blade Thickness 0.08″ 0.23 cm UPC 7-29857-00255-4
Finish Black Engravable Yes
Belt Clip Type Reversible Low-Carry Handle Color Black
Hardness Rc. 58-60 Handle Material Aluminum & Glass-Reinforced Nylon
Blade Steel Type 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel Battery CR2032 (4)
Burn Time 240 mins Lumens (Max) 45

MSRP $77.00. Take a look online: http://www.sogknives.com/everyday-carry/new-for-2015/bladelight-folder-mini-black.html

Trident Elite

This is a rapid deployment multiple-use knife. It has SOG’s patented assisted-opening feature for speedy deployment and a slot cutter and glass breaker. The slot cutter can be used on a variety of materials including webbing, belts, and thin ropes, providing a safer method of escape in situations where you might be forced to cut close to your skin. This is an awesome knife, and among my favorites for the year’s new releases.

 

Trident Elite (center)

MSRP $96.00. Take a look online: http://www.sogknives.com/everyday-carry/new-for-2015/trident-elite-tanto-black-tini.html

Overall Length 8.7″ 22.10 cm Closed Length 5.2″ 13.20 cm
Product Weight 3.90 oz 111 g Blade Length 3.7″ 9.40 cm
Blade Thickness 0.” 0.30 cm UPC 7-29857-00237-0
Product Type Folding Knife Locking Mechanism Piston Lock
Belt Clip Type Reversible Low-Carry Engravable Yes
Finish Satin Polished Edge Type Straight
Blade Steel Type AUS-8 Blade Shape Tanto
Handle Material Glass-Reinforced Nylon, TPR, & Stainless Steel Handle Color Black, Silver
Hardness Rc. 56-58   

Katherine Ainsworth

Katherine is a military and political journalist with a reputation for hard-hitting, no-holds-barred articles. Her career as a writer has immersed her in the military lifestyle and given her unique insights into the various branches of service. She is a firearms aficionado and has years of experience as a K9 SAR handler, and has volunteered with multiple support-our-troops charities for more than a decade. Katherine is passionate about military issues and feels supporting service members should be the top priority for all Americans. Her areas of expertise include the military, politics, history, firearms and canine issues.
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