SOG, known for its tactical roots, is continuing to pursue unexpected product categories. This time they’re doing it with the new for 2017 Terminus slipjoint knife. Like with the Baton multitool series, SOG built some clever engineering into its deceptively simple package.
The new knife features a G-10 handle, deep carry clip, and 3-inch CTS-BD1 clip point blade that rides on an unusual mechanism. Traditional slipjoints usually employ a backspring construction to hold the blade in the open position. But to achieve a flow-through construction and keep the weight under 3 ounces, SOG ditched the backspring in favor of a pin resting on the blade tang.
The Terminus is one in just a handful of slipjoints the company has ever made. Currently the Micron is the only other folder in their lineup without a lock. With a much larger blade and a more capable steel, the Terminus is better suited to fill an EDC role. The knife can still be carried in the urban jungle or jurisdictions with strict knife laws.
Why is a knife company with sophisticated market research capabilities going so far out of its tactical comfort zone? Perhaps the new knife is more proof that the modern slipjoint category is growing.
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Although the Taiwanese-made Terminus is not part of SOG’s new USA-made line, the steel is sourced in the USA and should appeal to customers looking for a performance boost over the AUS-8 on many of its imported stablemates. This upgrade follows a number of new, fully USA-made knives and follows through on SOG’s stated goal of sourcing materials domestically even on imported products.
The Terminus will be available very soon at a price of $50 for tan or with a DLC-coated blade and black handle for $60.
Knife featured in image: SOG Terminus