SOG Aegis.


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TimboKhan
February 4, 2012, 02:42 PM
So, i bought an Aegis from Cabelas using a gift card I had. Quick review: I wish I had bought something else.

Longer review: It's not that I think it is a terrible knife, I just don't personally find it to be satisfactory. There are some pros to it, such as the nice lo-pro clip and the leaf shaped blade, but not enough of them to make this knife a winner for me, particularly at the price I paid for it.

My first complaint is that the knife feels a bit flimsy. Now, this doesn't necessarily mean that it is flimsy, but it just doesn't feel robust. For example, as much as I like the look and ergonomics of the blade shape it is a thin blade, and I really don't think it will hold up under anything resembling hard use. I also don't particularly care for the lock. It's a seemingly minor difference, but the Benchmade AXIS lock seems several orders of magnitude more robust than this SOG lock. Is the AXIS that much better? I don't know. But the SOG feels cheaper, and it just doesn't inspire any confidence that it will hold up over time like my Benchmades and Spydercos and my Kershaw Blur.

As far as fit and finish go, I like it just fine. It is a good looking knife. The problem is, I want function over form and I just don't think this one has that. I will keep it, and in fact I am carrying it in my pocket right now, but in no way will this be anything more than an occasional carry knife for me.

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conw
February 5, 2012, 01:28 AM
Return it!

AuthorityDenied
February 9, 2012, 09:49 PM
I have a SOG Trident which has the same handle construction and the same lock. I've had it in my edc rotation for well over a year and have experienced no issues. The lock is plenty strong for almost anything you will need it for on a daily basis. I would say to go the fixed blade route if you are looking for a hard use knife.

bikerdoc
February 9, 2012, 09:58 PM
Return it. I have shared with you my preference for Spyderco, and a nodding respect for some CRKT and Kershaw knives.

zhyla
February 10, 2012, 12:05 PM
I have a SOG Pentagon, with the same arc lock. It's a great locking mechanism. Maybe it's more obvious in the Pentagon since you can see everything from the top but it's a very sturdy, simple mechanism.

The only thing I don't like about my Pentagon is the ever so slight slight blade wobble. I can tighten some screws to fix that, but then it wouldn't flick open so easily (it would then be like a Spyderco). It's fine the way it is for any practical use, we just all like weapons that feel 100% rock solid.

TimboKhan
February 12, 2012, 10:22 PM
I would say to go the fixed blade route if you are looking for a hard use knife.

Oh, I don't really need a fixed blade. I have several folders that are more than hard use enough for me. This isn't the only knife I have, nor will it be the last one I buy.

Having carried this thing for a week now, I have gotten used to it's operation more, and what I have come to realize is that it really just boils down to how cheap the grips feel. Not necessarily saying that they are cheap, but they certainly feel cheap. My other biggest complaint is that I just don't think the price is justified. It's not an $80 dollar knife.

As far as returning it... Eh. It sort of isn't my bag, but it's a decent enough knife to keep, and it fills up a spot in my collection.

ugaarguy
February 15, 2012, 12:46 AM
It's not an $80 dollar knife.
I just looked up the specs on SOG's website. They state "Assembled in USA" (not made in USA) as the country of origin, and AUS-8 as the blade steel. To be fair the Aegis is $57 online for the base model from reputable dealers, but a fully Japanese made VG10 Spyderco Delica or Endura can be had for $60 or $65, respectively, online. $80 is just too close to the price of fully US Made 154CM blade Benchmade Griptilian or Benchmade Pardue 530 for me.

I hope the Aegis works out for you Timbo.

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