It’s time for some more new knives.
A few others have announced their new lineup, but today it’s all about SOG.
SOG has done well over the past few years. They strove for innovation and succeeded last year in the very unique Baton multitool series. Here’s a writeup on the Baton series if you’re interested. 2017 also saw the arrival of a few slipjoint knives and more Arc-locking knives.
For 2018, SOG kept the lineup nice and tight. I almost prefer a smaller, more manageable lineup of knives than being inundated with dozens of models. Let’s just hope that focus on fewer models means they’re very well done.
SOG-TAC California Special
I currently live in California. It’s not the most knife-friendly place, but there is a growing number of knives that cater to the tighter knife laws regarding automatics. SOG is getting in on the action with the SOG-TAC California Special.
This is an automatic that conforms to the laws in California. You’re basically allowed to carry an automatic as long as it has a blade under two inches. The California Special abides with a 1.9-inch AUS-8 clip point blade — well it says clip point but the small blade gives it a nice curve.
It has the same aluminum design of its larger brethren. I’m personally excited about this one.
SOG is billing the Ace as the most accessible and affordable knife from the company. It is pretty interesting. It is understated and eschews most of the tactical elements — black blade, aggressive serrations, etc — the company is known for.
From its image, it looks like a fixed blade version of the Gerber Gator. The reality is that the blade is 3.8 inches and the TPR handle features an ergonomic grip that allows for choking up on the blade a little for finer tasks.
The Flare is more in line with its past offerings — almost a cross between the Flash and Aegis. It uses assisted-opening technology and the Arc lock. The steel is 8Cr13MoV unfortunately but that helps keep the price down.
Next up is a knife with a somewhat silly name. SOG continues its exploration of keychain knives with the KeyTron. Whereas the Key Knife is meant to blend into the keychain, the KeyTron is more of a keychain tool.
It has a 1.8-inch blade that locks using a lockback mechanism. There is an integrated bottle opener in the handle as well. I like that the key ring opens easily so you can quickly take it off and on when you’re going to the airport or need it for tasks off the keys.
SOG PowerAccess Deluxe
Along with the four knives, SOG is offering a trio of new multitools that are part of the Power family. The Deluxe has 20 tools and weighs 8.7 ounces.
The PowerLitre weighs 4.6 ounces and is said to be ideal for the tool bench or in the house. It has 17 tools, including a ruler, protractor, scissors, awl, and magnetic hex bit driver.
The PowerPint is 4.2 ounces and comes with 18 tools, such as a jewelry driver, ruler, gripper, file, line cutter, and more. I believe the main difference between the PowerPint and PowerLitre is that one has a corkscrew and the other has a file and serrated blade.