Wednesday, May 21, 2014
SOG SEAL Team Elite
Pretty ain't it?
I have confession. I have a knife fetish. Always have. I've collected all sorts of knives over the years but I thought it was about time I wrote up something on, one of the best all-around big knife I own. The SOG SEAL Team Elite (STE from now because I feel like a douchebag typing the name)
Full disclosure... I am a big fan of SOG. I've had several SOG Tridents and still carry one today. I've put them through hell and they've never let me down. I could say as much about the STE, which I've had for years.
Lets get the specs out of the way... its a 7-inch blade. 12.3 inches overall length. Its 10oz or so. Not bad for a knife this size. Its got a nylon polymer handle that is seriously grippy. The steel is Aus8. And its a quarter inch thick full tang.
Now... lets get this out of the way... if you're one the morons that things Aus Steel is not good enough for your knife... you can go ahead and quit reading now. Go talk amongst yourselves about how much better the Striders that you don't own are. You're idiots. Thanks.
Ok for the rest of you...
I don't know where you'll find a better knife for 100 bucks. I really don't. I once drove this thing into a tree and stood on it. Its skinned dead things. Its chopped wood. Its cut some sheet metal a few times. I've used it to cut wire fence... drive nails.. and cut nails. Its tough.
How does it hold its edge? Mine has held its edge extremely well. I find that it loses a little sharpness fairly quickly.. but will then hold the rest for a long long time. If that makes sense. So maybe it loses 5% of its sharpness in the first few minutes of hard use.. but then it holds the remaining 95% for hours.
The sheath is really nice as well. Its molle ready so you can strap it up anywhere ya need to. Its well made with rivets at all the critical points and serious double stitching. Plus its got a little pouch that will hold an extra mag for your .40. At least it holds mine. Sharpening stone my ass. I hear a lot of the mallninja types complain that the sheath has a velco closure and that velcro is to loud for "tactical" situations. Ok ninja. The velcro is quieter than your big slow ass. Regardless... are you buying a tool or a costume? I need a tool.. and the velcro works just fine. The dead elk you skin doesn't care how loud your velcro is. I promise.
So... is this the knife for your bugout bag? Well it sure as hell isn't in mine. I use it way to much to keep it stowed. When it comes time to bug out... it will be on belt.