SOG Specialty Knives was established by Spencer Frazer, who is a knife designer from California. The idea for his company came from the jungles of Vietnam. The name of the company comes from the Studies and Observation Group, which was a special operations unit during the Vietnam War. This unit used a specially designed type of bowie knife during their missions. Frazer decided to try and re-create this knife with his company and it became a very popular. In fact, SOG became the official knife brand of many military forces around the world. We at bestpocketknifeadvice.com have come to expect the very best when we come across this famous brand. Today we are going to review the SOG Flash II, which is a favorite EDC tactical knife of many people.
Important Specifications and Features
Overall length: 8 inches (20.3 cm)
Closed length: 4.5 inches (11.4 cm)
Blade length: 3.5 inches (8.9 cm)
Blade material: AUS-8 stainless steel
Weight: 3.1 ounces (119 g)
Approximate Price: Under $50
My Impressions and Review
The SOG Flash II is the bigger brother of the SOG Flash I, which is also a popular folding tactical knife. The first thing that impresses about the Flash II is the weight. It is a fairly large knife at 4.5 inches in the closed position, but weighs just over 3 ounces. This means that it can well be considered an EDC knife. The blade is made from AUS-8 stainless steel with an impressive satin finish and fully flat grind. The blade is a simple, yet elegant, drop-point design. The quality of the blade is top notch and it is very effective at a number of different cutting tasks. Overall, it is a great knife for everyday needs as well as tactical or combat situations.
The main downside of the blade is the stainless steel, which is high quality, but not the higher end steel we would’ve liked to see used for this knife. That being said, it is quite easy to sharpen and will hold its edge fairly well. The blade also comes in a partially serrated edge for those that prefer this option.
The deployment of the blade is spring assisted by SOG’s patented Assisted Technology. It opens really fast and is very smooth as well. The safety lock feature prevents the blade from opening accidentally and this is a really nice addition, especially for those who are going to be carrying this around all the time. The blade is nice and tight with some minor side to side blade play, which can be adjusted (but not removed) to suit your preferences.
The choice of handle material is fantastic and it helps to keep the weight of this knife on the low side. It is fiberglass reinforced nylon, which is better known as Zytel. This is a very tough material and you would have a hard time to damage or break it. It really will handle the toughest of conditions and you will be able to put it through hell. The main downside of this material is that it doesn’t have as much grip as some of the other handle materials on the market. However, it is commonly found in the low to mid range knives because it is a cheap material with great performance. The handle also features a reversible pocket clip, although these positions only offer tip-up orientation.
The handle feels excellent in the hand, although it may be a little chunky for some people’s tastes. It does sit well in the hand and I did not experience any slipping while I was gripping the knife with sweaty hands. It is comfortable to use for any period of time and it really is a very versatile knife that is perfect as an EDC.
Considering the materials and construction the price of the SOG Flash II is hard to believe. You will be able to pick up this knife for less than $50, which in our opinion is an absolute bargain. It is for this reason, along with the quality of the knife, that we are happy to be able to recommend the Flash II.
Conclusion and Rating
The Good: Affordable (especially considering the excellent quality), lightweight, great looking design, very good ergonomics.
The Bad: Small amount of blade play.
Wrap up: This is our new gold standard in tactical EDC knives within this price range. This knife from SOC should definitely be on your short list.