Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Materials, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
I tend not to give the top rating--in this case a five--to good products unless they really stand out in multiple ways, so I am a bit surprised to be giving such a rating to a knife that, from the specs alone, appears to be a pretty average mid-grade factory knife. The price, the steel, the handle, the sheath, they don't suggest the kind of performance this one can dish out. But I'd say this knife is the exception to the rule. I have yet to own a SOG product (with the exception of their budget "fusion" series stuff) that lacked great fit and finish, so I wasn't all that surprised that this one was smooth, solid, and sophisticated. I was surprised by how wickedly effective the edge performs, and how well it stands up to weather, water, and heavy use (abuse in some cases) over time. The ergonomics are spot on, and it is fairly light, so it causes less fatigue with continuous use. Despite being light, though, this guy can absorb quite a bit of punishment. At about 5 inches, it is just the right size for general "survival knife" chores without being cumbersome or getting in the way. The nylon sheath, or at least my nylon sheath, has held up for years of regular carry, and the worst I can say is that it has gotten a bit dirty. The velcro pouch snuggly holds cleaning and sharpening equipment, which means I always have what I need to care for it, and thus can make it last even longer. SOG has hit a grand slam with this design, made even more surprising when you consider how affordable it is. It outshines pretty much anything else in its price range.