Automatic knives are becoming more and more mainstream as laws prohibiting the carry of switchblades fall around the country. Now we all get to reap the benefits of a good automatic knife like the SOG Spec Elite II Auto.

The Spec Elite series from SOG was designed for military and law enforcement personnel as a back-up and versatile tool. Its simple design and functional construction show the intent of the knife.

The 4-inch drop point blade features a long slicey edge and is coated with hardcased black TiNi (titanium nitride). Not only does the coating help damper the reflective qualities of the steel but it also adds an extra layer of durability to the AUS-8 stainless steel.

Because this is an automatic knife, the blade springs to life with the press of a button in the handle. To disengage the knife, all you have to do is press the button again and close the blade.

Black anodized aluminum 6061-T6 handle scales are durable and lightweight, keeping the weight of the knife around 3.6 ounces. While aluminum can be slippery when wet, grooves in the bow-shaped handle keep this knife comfortably in the hand.

Along with its two-position tip-up carry pocket clip, this automatic knife could easily become your next EDC.

For more info on this Badass Knife of the Week, see the product page for the SOG Spec Elite II Auto.


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