SOG Aegis Review - By Dravur


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Dravur
October 14, 2010, 01:09 PM
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Good Morning and how are ya?

Well, I have decided to throw my hat in the ring to become a lordly commentator on knives. Yes, knives.... I have been searching for the perfect pocket knife. So, I have been buying various knives in the $50 to $200 range to try out as my pocket pal and I am going to see which one ends up as my favorite.

Now, as to criteria... It must be a pocket knife that can be opened with one hand.... whether switchblade, assisted or just thumb stud or hole. This will knock out the standard knives like most bucks, etc. I am not going to do a lot of commenting about steels as for the most part, the steel in the knife isn't going to become an issue in the two week carry period. If the knife is so dull out of the box that I couldn't pop open a kitten, well, I shall mention that.

I carry each knife for 2 weeks and I shall post my thoughts here and you can either agree with me and give me props or jump in the nearest fire as my Ego is tied up in this.

To start off this shindig, we have the SOG Aegis... It has a 3.5" blade made from AUS-8 steel. It has a flat grind and is .125" thick at the spine. Mine has the satin finish and the Zytel handle. The knife uses an Assisted Opening design and a thumb stud to activate. I didn't really care for the thumbstud as it irritated my thumb after playing with the knife for some time getting used to the action. The action is good and solid and the knife opens with a nice "Schunk" sound. The handle has a safety on it that is green and red. I found it rather annoying and never used it. I never had the blade open in my pocket as it takes a bit of leverage to open using the thumbstud. The lock is kind of strange.... It is a thumb lever in the handle that goes forward to lock the blade in place. It seemed to work well, but the peice didnt seem to lock up on the blade well. It seemed to have a lot of play in it, but it could be by design.

The knife held up to abuse as I used it. It locked up tight and had very little play in the action. I used it in the kitchen and the field and found the blade design to be very good at whatever I used it for. I used it to cut hunks of 1/2" rope and twine and used it to pry open a bottle of insect poison. The blade wasn't razor sharp out of the box, but it was fairly sharp and seemed to stay that way throughout the two weeks.

Ok... now to the review. I love the blade shape of this knife. I am partial to a "leaf style blade". I liked the belly of the blade for cutting and overall, I really liked the way it cut and was able to even use it in the kitchen, chopping up some celery.

The knife is blade heavy as it has a plastic handle, so all the weight is in the blade. However, the whole knife is fairly light, weighing in at 3.1 oz. The zytel handle has many nubbins on it to give you a decent grip, whether using it as a fighting style or using a chef style to hold.

Carrying the knife... Well, there are some negatives... I didn't like the clip at all. First, it has SOG cut out in it and I thought that was just tacky. Second... the clip was very hard to use with trousers. It took a lot of effort to get it to clip to the pants and was kind of squirrely to have hanging into the pocket. I prefer to keep my knives high up at the top of the pocket slash as then i can use the pocket more easily for other things and this knife would not stay up there. The clip also comes out the rear of the knife and circles around the side. This is to allow the clip to be moved from one side to the other and allows it to fit deeper into the pocket. I was kind of "MEH" about the clip design. The clip is set to be only used from one end, so point up in the pocket is the only way to carry this. If you prefer point down, you are SOL on the SOG.

Tactical Knife Grade B
Utility Knife grade B+

So, overall, I give the knife a...

B

A decent choice for the cash...about $70, but harder to carry than I like.

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bikerdoc
October 14, 2010, 08:19 PM
Well written and informative, thanks.

With over 40 knives I dont think I could do that, But you made it look easy

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