Knife Review: SOG Trident Tanto

SOG Tanto-1This was the first serious EDC knife I began carrying when I matured in my prepping.  It is a solid well-built knife with a lot of capabilities.  I stopped carrying it because I was not happy with its ability to hold an edge.  I was also not pleased with the difficulty I had in putting an edge on the blade.  The Tanto blade design made it a bit difficult to sharpen the canted tip as well.

I replaced this EDC knife with a Sperderco Paramilitary2.

 Category:  Every Day Carry
 Use(s): Just about anything you can think of
Pros:
  • Rides low in your pocket
  • Great thumb knob placement for opening assist
  • Really great blade release to close the blade
  • Nice safety lock feature to keep blade closed in your pocket (prevents accidental opening of the blade in your pocket)
 Cons: 
  • Doesn’t seem to hold an edge well
  • Tough to sharpen
  • Seat belt cutter doesn’t work well, material jams in it
  • Pocket clip steel sprang and doesn’t hold in pocket tightly
Cost: Full Retail (MSRP) – $114.00
On-Line: $53.00 (search for it, you might find a better deal)
Note:  I use to carry this knife but replaced it with a Spyderco Paramilitary2.
Overall Length: 8.5″ Closed Length: 4.75″
Product Weight: 3.60 oz Blade Length: 3.75″
Blade Thickness: 0.13″ Locking Mechanism: Piston
Product Type: Folding Knife Belt Clip Type: Reversible Low-Carry
Opening Mechanism: Assisted Edge Type: Straight
Finish: Hardcase Black TiNi Blade Shape: Tanto
Blade Steel Type: AUS-8 Handle Color: Digi Camo
Handle Material: Glass-Reinforced Nylon Hardness Rc: 57-58

 SOG Tanto-2

SOG Tanto-3

The clip allows it to ride low in a pocket to reduce its visibility.  The SOG Trident Digi Camo comes with a satin black clip reducing its visibility even more.

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