SOG Flash I Pocket Knife (Satin Combo Edge)
The introduction of the new Flash line of folding knives debuts SOG's new patent pending S.A.T. (SOG Assisted Technology). This mechanism helps propel the blade open once the operator has initiated the one-handed opening action. They're fast as lightning, safe, and provide an extremely strong blade lock. This opening action is uniquely different from all others with its fast start and power curve throughout the movement of the blade. When closing the blade into the handle you actually feel as if you are cocking a side arm as the blade is held securely inside the handle.
Invented by Spencer Frazer, who always manages to come up with something cleverly different, S.A.T. is the framework for this new line of lightweight folders. The piston lock is easily released with a sliding button. SOG also had the foresight to incorporate an additional safety lock that gives added security when the blade is closed. Note that when the switch shows red you are ready to go.
In addition to SAT, the handles (glass reinforced Zytel OR machined aluminum) are contoured with a new ergonomic sensibility that makes the knife a pleasure to use. SOG has also incorporated a new reversible, bayonet-mounted clip that extends from the back of the handle for the lowest, discreet carry possible and dual thumb studs for ambidextrous opening.
•Weight: 2 oz.
•AUS8 Stainless Steel Blade (Rc 57-58)
•Made in USA
|Closed Length||3.25 inches|
|Blade Length||2.50 inches|
|Blade Material||Stainless Steel (AUS8)|
|Blade Edge||Partially Serrated/ComboEdge|
|Lock Type||Piston lock|
|Total Length||5.75 inches|
|Pocket Clip Included||Yes|
|Knife Weight||2. ounces|
|Country of Origin||USA|
Some manufacturers simply produce knives. At SOG, we create style through craftsmanship. Our purpose is to combine advanced technology, imaginative designs and high-quality construction to create products of the highest caliber Â products that enhance your life. This is the philosophy you share with us each time you choose a SOG product.
SOG originally stood for Studies and Observation Group, an elite joint services military group designed for covert operations in the Vietnam War. Sanctioned to develop and purchase their own equipment, SOG created a knife for use in one of the harshest environments in the world. It is in the spirit of this elite group that SOG Specialty Knives was founded.
Totally committed to creating the world's finest specialized knives and tools, SOG became the first knife manufacturer to expand its line to include a broad scope of fixed blades, folding knives and multipurpose tools. Each product is created by Cofounder and Chief Engineer, Spencer Frazer. His patented inventions and unique, futuristic style have earned SOG many awards and Frazer the recognition as an industry innovator and premier designer.
Today, SOG products are distributed around the world and renowned for their uncompromising style and performance.
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S.A.T. (SOG Assisted Technology) is the brainchild of world famous designer Spencer Frazer: had this feeling that I could devise a whole new technology to help open a knife blade quickly. S.A.T. allows right-handers to use their left hand equally well to open a folding knife (of course this works the same for lefties). It is also advantageous as well in case someone has an injured hand or is not adept in opening a knife easily. Gary Drake, a top defensive tactics instructor who works with SWAT teams and other special ops, states that unlike a switchblade knife, S.A.T. allows for a positive knowledge of where the knife blade is. Switchblades can sometimes get hung up in loose clothing or not open fully for a variety of reasons. This is a problem for law enforcement personnel. With S.A.T., since your finger is on the knife blade, you know if there has been a mishap and can immediately correct it. There is also the wowÃÆÃ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¯ factor. We find that people who get used to S.A.T. get accustomed to its practicality and will choose it over other companies\' conventional mechanisms.
All of this magic is accomplished with a simple principle. There is a constant force to open a blade and a variable force that wants to close the blade that we call ÃÆÃ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¯ÃÆ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¿ÃÆ\'1/2suck backÃÆÃ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¯ÃÆ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¿ÃÆ\'1/2. As one opens the blade the force to propel the knife open becomes greater than the closing force and the blade will open on its own. ÃÆÃ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¯ÃÆ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¿ÃÆ\'1/2The beauty of this is that we have come up with several mechanisms to accomplish this,ÃÆÃ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¯ÃÆ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¿ÃÆ\'1/2 says Spencer. The Flash knives use a piston lock, the Blink uses a lockback, and the Twitch knives use a lockback with a pass-through lockbar. These are just a few of the mechanisms that we are working on that are covered under the multiple patents. Most of the opening springs we are using are high-tension coil springs. These springs work through the entire range of opening (180 degrees). This insures reliability.
Of particular interest is that S.A.T. has allowed us to transform the standard lockback knife, which is one of the oldest known knife locks on the planet, and take it into the 21st century. ÃÆÃ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¯ÃÆ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¿ÃÆ\'1/2The simplest designs are sometimes the hardest to figure out,ÃÆÃ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¯ÃÆ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¿ÃÆ\'1/2 according to Spencer, ÃÆÃ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¯ÃÆ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¿ÃÆ\'1/2but this is a great one.ÃÆÃ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¯ÃÆ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¿ÃÆ\'1/2 S.A.T. allows us to use locking mechanisms that are stronger and more reliable than the conventional liner locks and that are easier and safer to use. This is definitely one of the plusses of S.A.T., since a knife is only as good as its lock. Also our locks are much easier to access ambidextrously (we haven\'t forgotten about you lefties!).
Spencer had the foresight to develop integrated blade locking safeties in conjunction with S.A.T. The Flash Series has a safety engineered into the handle. This prevents the blade from being able to be opened and can be used for extended carry applications. When you see red on the switch...you are ready to go. The Blink and the Twitches also have this feature. A slim sliding switch on the back of the knife gives the user additional insurance. This mechanism coincidentally affords one the luxury to use the safety when the blade is in the open position. In other wordsÃÆÃ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¯ÃÆ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¿ÃÆ\'1/2 the lockback can be additionally locked (two locks in one). Awesome!
The Flash series, Twitch XL and the Blink also incorporate our new, patented bayonet clip that allows for virtually invisible carry, placing the knife deep in the pocket. This helps minimize any chance of the knife falling out and being lost. This clip is easily interchangeable from side to side (have we mentioned that we haven\'t forgotten about you lefties?).
SOG is known for producing high quality knife and tool products. The S.A.T. family of products is produced in the US to extremely high standards & tolerances and is warranted for life.
SOG is enjoying a lot of success lately with its innovative products, S.A.T. being just one of them. S.A.T. has currently been employed in small compact gentlemanÃÆÃ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¯ÃÆ\'Ã\'ÃÂ¿ÃÆ\'1/2s knives as well as full size utility folders, but the trick has been to produce these innovations at mainstream prices.
Pocket size I wanted and was looking for. The combo of serrated and straight also is a feature I like. The blade stays sharp and requires very little honing from time to time. Great value for a good pocket knife.
The Knife was very well made. The opening action is so strong that it takes a little getting used to. It comes very sharp and seems to retain its edge well.
Made in USA is a plus.
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