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SOG VL03 Vulcan Folding Knife 3.5" VG10 Satin Plain Tanto Blade, Black GRN Handles - VL-03

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Part Number: SOGVL03
Manufacturer: SOG Knives
Retail Price: $203.00
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SOGVL03: VL03 Vulcan
The General Electric M61A1 Vulcan is a 6-barrel 20mm cannon of the gatling-type. It fires standard M50 ammunition at 6,000 rounds per minute and is integral part of the armament of modern fighters such as the F-15, F-18 and of course the F-16.

Our Vulcan is also formidable with a powerful strength of construction. There is nothing weak about the Vulcan. Take for instance our patented Arc-Lock. Or, the full steel liners encased in glass reinforced nylon (GRN) handles. The blade is a san mai steel with a tanto shape and includes our new kick deployment of the blade. Press on the back of the blade and the knife comes out fast. Reversible clip, Arc-Lock, and double thumb studs make for complete ambidextrous use.
  • Blade Length: 3.5"
  • Overall Length: 8.375"
  • Closed Length: 4.87"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.16"
  • Product Type: Folding Knife
  • Locking Mechanism: Arc-Lock
  • Belt Clip Type: Reversible Low-Carry
  • Finish: Satin
  • Edge Type: Straight
  • Blade Steel Type: VG10 Stainless Steel
  • Blade Shape: Tanto
  • Handle Material: Glass-Reinforced Nylon
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Hardness: RC. 59-60
  • Weight: 5 oz.
  • Made in Japan

UPC Code: 729857991254

Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Made in Japan
Made in Japan
The exotic steel Capital of the World, Japan produces and innovates some of the best products, from pocket to kitchen knives and everything in between.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
VG10 Stainless Steel
VG10 Stainless Steel
This Japanese super-steel is known for it's ease of sharpening, ability to take a super fine edge, and outstanding corrosion resistance making it one of the best bang-for-buck steels on the market.
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Terry A
Sep 27, 2016
Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Love it!
I have a lot of knives and this is probably one of my favourites. When I ordered it I expected it to be a little bigger then it actually was but apart from that it was perfect, i love the tanto blade shape and mine was razor sharp out of the box passing the paper test like it was nothing. Even the zytel handle scales actually seem better then I expected. But nothing compares to how fun this knife is to play with, in that aspect this knife is a dream. I would definatley recomend this knife, especially at the price its at right now!
3 out of 5
Apr 20, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use, Pocket Clip, None
Cons: Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Weight
Cool, but overpriced.
This is a great knife with a good steel and is overall very attractive. It's a little large to carry every day, but not overly so. However, with all of its pros, it also has some cons. The blade will actually make contact with the backspacer when you close it, and this is an issue. It cuts into the material and dulls the crap out of that spot on the edge quickly. Contacting SOG about this will pretty much get you a "too bad so sad" type of answer. Also, overall quality is only par at best. For a $155 knife made in Japan, I would expect better. It feels kind of cheap and they really skimped out by using zytel for the scales. The scales also don't line up on some of them. Honestly it's a crap shoot because some are perfect while most are not at all. Their quality control is REALLY lacking. Then again, SOGs are basically just Walmart knives. That being said, at the end of the day it is only a SOG, which are considered low end, simple production knives. I generally do not buy them and will usually not buy anything less than a Spyderco, but SOG does make some cool looking knives that are nice to have. Just bear in mind if you buy it and don't like it, you will lose half of your money or more if you sell it. They just don't hold their value because honestly they aren't worth it. If you can, wait till you find this knife second hand so you can pay a more reasonable price for it. The retail price is just ridiculous. This knife is definitely not worth $155, barely even a $100. At this $150 price point, you can buy a nice Benchmade or Spyderco. I say take your money elsewhere and buy a Benchmade Stryker/Griptillian tanto/Barrage tanto or a Spyderco tanto. All of those are in the same price range and are of MUCH higher quality.
4 out of 5
Mar 11, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Lock Type, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: Overall Quality, None
A great knife with one important flaw.
This is a great EDC knife. It holds an edge well and the slight recurve in the blade is very nice for slicing rope and such. The handle is comfortable, even for people with small hands like me. The knife can be easily deployed using the thumbstud, the tab on the back of the blade, and the arc lock. All three methods require a slight flick of the wrist, but the heavy blade carries significant momentum and the knife always opens successfully. It can also be flicked closed very easily. The handle is grippy, so I have never had this knife slip out of my hand even though it is a fairly heavy folder. The factory edge was reasonably sharp and proved to be durable. After one trip to the stones this knife sharpened up well and held an edge for a very long time. There is only one flaw worth recognizing in this knife: when closed, the cutting edge, right around the curve in the tanto tip, contacts the inside of the plastic handle. If you flick this knife closed, it will dull a 1/8th inch section of the cutting edge where the blade contacts the inside of the handle. This is hardly a flaw, and it does not inhibit the use of the knife. But I feel that it is worth mentioning. If not for this flaw, the knife would be worthy of five stars. I have a SOG x-ray vision tanto that does not have this issue. When closed, the arc lock stops the knife from closing until the blade contacts the inside of the handle.
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