Purpose Driven: Made as a rescue knife, this is more than the blade you carry just in case, it’s the knife that is chosen by innumerable uniformed professionals for both its quick deployment and versatile construction. A groove in the handle turns the closed blade into a seatbelt cutter or cord slicer. When it’s opened, the clip point blade is all business, with a seriously menacing look that allows it to be used for field dressing a kill thanks to the jimping on the handle. The blade is AUS-8 steel with either TiNi or satin finishing, inside a GNR handle that gives you plenty to hold onto during serious work or moments of intense adrenaline.
Fast Acting: Aptly named, the Flash II is a quick action knife that’s light as gossamer and has a slightly assisted opening that allows it to come out quickly with just a little wrist action to handle your cutting needs. The handle is Glass Reinforced Nylon (GNR) that’s comfortable, low weight, and slender so that it can disappear into your pocket when tucked away with the deep carry clip. The blade is AUS-8 steel that’s built to last and you can get it in any combination of blade styles, with a TiNi (Titanium Nitride) coating or a satin finish, plain or combination blades, and numerous handle designs to fit your personal style. The best part is the double safety lock to ensure it doesn’t accidentally jump out.
Anywhere Carry: Between the lanyard hole on the pommel, the included nylon sheath, and the slender body that begs to vanish into your pocket, you won’t be trying to decide if you carry the Tomcat, just where to put it. Crafted out of VG10 steel with a supremely comfortable kraton handle that is finished in black, the knife looks great, but it also fits into the nook of your hand like a dream, giving you leverage for hard use and ergonomics for repeated cutting. No hot spots or wear, this will honestly feel like an extension of your hand after just a few slices.
Pro: Full titanium liners
Con: Limited production and high cost
SOG is beloved by those who enjoy cutting tools meant to thrive in adverse conditions and well designed tactical knives. It stands to reason, since the company itself has roots in the military. During the Vietnam war, a special ops team known as MACV-SOG executed several covert missions, during which they carried a unique combat knife into the jungle. That same knife inspired knife maker Spencer Frazer who, in 1986 created a commemorative knife to honor their blade, known as the SOG Bowie knife. That blade launched a whole line of products, many of which are still used by special forces soldiers, including the Navy SEALS.
Pro: Sturdy despite its thinness
Con: Handle is not reinforced
Pro: Full flat grind
Con: Spring pivot causes some multi-directional blade play
Pro: Not a millimeter of blade play
Con: Pocket clip doesn’t allow for deep carry
The tough, practical, no frills design that made SOG a household name has also earned them a reputation for making affordable blades from high quality materials that can stand up to the worst circumstances. Rarely will you see a SOG as a showpiece, since they prize function far above form. A company for the true workman or the hard-core survivalist who needs to know their gear is always going to work, we wanted to honor the unpretentious SOG tradition with the 7 best SOG knives for EDC.
There's a few truly great knife manufacturers that can appeal to everyone and any budget. SOG is among the best, and their EDC knives are above the fold.