SOG Flash II Tanto
When it came to purchasing this knife I wanted something that was eye catching. What caught my eye frist off was the Tanto style blade. It is a slick blade, and to me looks like a mini Katana. Another thing that led me to the knife was SOGs the dependability and reputation for excellence.
The Flash II is a super light weight knife; you almost forget it’s in your pocket. The blade length is 3.5 inches, total length of blade and handle is about 8 inches. The Flash II Tanto weighs in at just 3.1 ounces.
What impresses me the most about this knife is the blade itself. It’s a tanto blade shape which keeps the thickness of the knife all the way to the tip. The blade is made of AUS 8 steel, this is a quality stainless steel. It is very resistant to corrosion and rust, and takes a great edge.
The Flash II has SOG Assisted Technology (S.A.T.), which employs a powerful piston lock that is easily released with a sliding button. The piston lock is a unique feature from SOG that I really like.
In my opinion, the knife feels almost too light due to the glass-reinforced nylon (GRN) handles. I would really like to see SOG produce a Flash II-type knife with G10 scales. This would give the knife a little more weight and durability. The GRN handles do fit well in your hand, and does not slip when wet. There is plenty of handle traction for cutting and every day uses. The best thing about this knife is the deep carry pocket clip, it’s the only part of the knife that’s exposed when carried.
SOG knives can be expensive, but the great thing is the Flash II is a great quality knife from an American knife maker, that wont break the bank. You can pick up one today for around 45 dollars.