This year, the knife and tool makers at SOG Knives are introducing a number of new blades. If you followed KnifeNews’ SHOT Show 2016 NewsFeed, you might have already seen SOG’s new Reactor and PowerPlay lightweight multitools. But this story is all about the new blades announced at SHOT Show on their way from SOG in 2016.
The most eye-catching and unusual blade of the bunch is the Quake XL, a massive assisted-opening folder with an integrated folding bladeguard. The bladeguard actually doubles as the ‘thumb stud’ to open the knife – it folds flat against the handle when closed, providing an unexpected place for the user to nudge the blade open enough for the spring-assist to take over. The huge blade snaps open with authority. SOG is also introducing the Quake which is like it’s bigger brother but in a more moderate size.
The Targa is also all-new, though it shares some similarities with SOG’s popular ‘Slim Jim’ design with its steel handled construction and extreme slenderness. It is a manual knife that utilizes SOG’s arc-lock for a strong lockup, and should disappear in the pocket with its deep-carry clip.
Based on the SOG TAC button-operated automatic, the SOG Zoom is an assisted-opening knife that shares its DNA. The spring-assisted thumb stud deployment is lightning fast and the button lock and safety give it a distinctly automatic look – though the assisted opener is much more broadly legal. This year, the Zoom receives a major steel upgrade from AUS-8 to S30V, and carbon fiber inlays in its slim aluminum handles.
Also new is the SideSwipe, an assisted-opener with a lockback, aluminum handles with inlayed grip inserts, and a subtle etched pattern of lines in the bead-blasted drop point blade.
Knife featured in image: SOG Quake XL