SOG has been synonymous for having knives made in other Asian countries, but they decided to bring back some knives being made here in the US. For 2017, SOG has released four new US knives, three locking (Banner, Strat Ops, Tac Ops) and one fixed (Pillar).
The Banner has the SOG Assisted Technology to help deploy cerakoted 3.5-inch S35VN clip-point straight-edge blade. The body is made out of lightweight aluminum and offers a reversible clip on the side for deep carrying. The Banner is a button-lock design and is coming in at 4.0oz. MSRP is coming in at $254.00. (Pictured below: Second from top)
The Strat Ops is an automatic folding knife that comes with a straight-edge, straight-back cerakoted 3.5-inch CPM S35VN blade. The body has a Micarta handle with stainless steel liners and is coming in at 3.7oz. This knife was designed for law enforcement and military, but can be used as an EDC Knife with it’s reversible low clip for carrying. MSRP is coming in at $254.00. (Pictured Below: Bottom)
The Tac Ops is an automatic folding that is also comes in a straight-edge, straight-back cerakoted 3.5-inch CPM S35VN blade. The Tac Ops body is just like the Strat Ops, it’s a Micarta handle with stainless steel liners and has pre-cut finger grooves in the body. The weight is coming in at 4.0oz and is a button-lock design knife. MSRP is coming in at $267.00. (Pictured Below: Third from Top)
The Pillar is a full tang, 5″ CPM S35VN steel blade and has an overall length of 9.9″. The blade finish is a stone washed and machine finished. It comes with canvas Micarta handle that offeres superior grip in wet or dry conditions. The Pillar comes with a Kydex Sheath and adjustable low profile locking mount. The Pillar is coming in at 7.3oz and MSRP is $254.00. (Pictured below: Top)
There are a few other knives being released from SOG that are made in Japan and Taiwan. Not to say that they aren’t bad by no means, we just wanted to spotlight the “Made in the US” knives being released by SOG. I really liked the feel of the Banner and Strat Ops knives. Although these knives are priced higher than the Asian counterparts, to me it’s worth spending a little bit more knowing it was made here at home.
As always, ya’ll be good and be safe!