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Posted 6 years ago


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This is one of the nicest knife, of it's type, I have ever held in my hand. Form and function - it has them both.

I don't know much about the background on this one.


  1. Bootson Bootson, 6 years ago
    I did hear something about these being issued to Seal teams but I have nothing to verify with.
  2. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Hi, Bootson. I have been afraid to love this knife - I have been admiring way many guns and knives!, and this looks like a mighty dangerous one. However, I now have no choice. I just heard back from an old Navy man about this knife. I'm just going to paste the body of his email into this posting. I hope it reads properly - any mistakes are my fault. He knows his stuff. -- So long, miKKo --

    Here comes the US Navy:

    ....This link carries the identical knife, I believe:

    From Gunblast:

    SOG Specialty Knives ( use the slogan “creators of extraordinary tools and blades”, and we at find that to be a true statement. We’ve yet to find a SOG product that is inferior to anything in its tactical field for a similar price point. For over 17 years, SOG has been creating innovative and award-winning cutlery and tools that are recognized world-wide for their quality and performance.

    SOG originally stood for “Studies and Observation Group”, which was an elite joint services military group designed for covert operations in the Vietnam War. Sanctioned to develop and purchase their own equipment, SOG created a knife for use in one of earth’s harshest environments. SOG Specialty Knives was created in the spirit of this special mil-ops group. SOG’s Cofounder and Chief Engineer, Spencer Frazer, is recognized across the globe for his patented innovations in knife and tool design and engineering.

    One of my favorite SOG knives is the fixed-blade S37 Navy Seal. This knife was designed for use by the elite Navy SEAL unit for which it was named. Developed under a competitive government bid process, the SOG Seal Knife surpassed all competitors to receive the highest performance honors and become the blade chosen by the US Navy SEALs.
    To win the bid to produce this product for the SEALs, SOG’s Seal Knife won the best overall performer in the following tests: tip breaking strength, blade toughness, sharpness and edge retention, handle twist-off limits, two-week salt water immersions, gasoline and acetylene torch resistance, chopping, hammering, prying, penetration performance, cutting ability for six different types of rope and nylon line, low noise and low reflection factors, and intense field hands-on training effectiveness.
    While we at didn’t put this $135 knife through all this torture, we were pretty tough on it. It has become one of my favorite fixed-blade tactical knives. If I’m gonna possibly be in a dangerous and hostile situation, I want an AR-15 in my hand, my Springfield TRP or Glock 21 on my side, and the SOG S37 Seal Knife strapped to my belt.
    The products of SOG and Kershaw as mentioned show technical innovation and attention to quality that should be expected in a good tactical knife. Of the knives tested from 7 quality manufacturers, these featured in this article exhibit innovations that set them apart in various ways.

  3. Bootson Bootson, 5 years ago
    Thanks miKKoChristmas11 for the links and information.
  4. Bootson Bootson, 5 years ago
    Thanks mrmajestic1
  5. Bootson Bootson, 5 years ago
    Thanks packrat-place

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