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.