Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Blade Material, Weight, Handle Material, None
Cons: Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening
Very Disappointed in the SOG Terminus XR
I really wanted to love this knife. In hand, it's absolutely gorgeous. The crimson G10 is stunning; the blade was well centered and sharp out of the box. SOG's axis lock (they call it the Arc Lock) holds the blade securely and, when deployed, lets the blade hang free.However, getting the blade to flip is a screaming nightmare. Remember, this knife runs on ball bearings--and it's called a "flipper knife." But it simply will not flip without the appropriate wrist action. When I pull back on the lock, the blade hangs free and clear. I have the traced the problem to this: the tension spring is putting pressure on the lock bar so that it comes into contact with the back of the blade when disengaged, with just enough pressure to prevent the blade from flipping/opening smoothly. Lubrication is futile. My index finger is sore, the thumb studs (overall a stupid design feature, I think) do not help in any smooth opening of the blade. I will hazard a guess that this problem is either a manufacturing defect or an issue of poor quality control. This is really unacceptable--especially for the price SOG demands for the Terminus XR.Still, I may keep the knife, with the deluded hope that the tension spring will be forgiving over time and use. But no one should have to suffer with a flipper knife on ball bearings that doesn't freaking flip. I have several flipper knives and the SOG Terminus XR is the worst of the group. My Kershaw Chill, which has a phosphor-bronze washer on one side of the pivot and a nylon washer on the other side, is still the smoothest flipping knife I own. Got that, SOG? Good design and proper manufacturing controls go a long way to a successful knife and deployment experience.One final thing about the knife's design. The clip is painful. It's short, tight, and the curve at the end guarantees you will cry out in pain and frustration when you try to pull it from your pocket.Oh, and a notice to all you YouTube knife reviewers who glowed with effusive praise for this specific piece of SOG cutlery: I will be culling my subscriber list!