Favorite New SOG Assist Knife of 2014–Trident Elite TF-102

SOG Trident Elite TF-102
SOG Trident Elite TF-102–Assist Knife with hardcase black TiNi finished blade

SOG has come out with several new knives in 2014.  My favorite new assist knife from SOG is the Trident Elite series.  The Trident has been around for several years.  In fact, a couple of years ago we carried an exclusive model the TF12 with camo handle and a black tanto blade.  I really like the Trident series–always have.  I especially like the new Trident Elite knives for a couple of reasons.

The first thing you notice about the Trident Elite is the handle.  Built of the same glass filled nylon, the handle is lightweight–yet incredibly strong.  But the new models have a rubber inlay in three locations on both sides of the handle.  This adds a layer of grip security and comfort that is surprisingly good.  The handle inlays have a texture pattern that feels similar to a basketball.  I like the feel and the extra anti-slip protection it adds.

The second major change with the new Trident Elite is the addition of a glass breaker on the front of the handle.  That’s right–on the front.  When the blade is open, the glass breaker just sits alongside the blade.  When the blade is closed, it is ready for action.

The third thing I love about the new Trident is the deep carry clip that SOG has switched over to using on their new model knives.  This new clip is curved and wide.  It has much better strength to hold onto your pants pocket but it also feels better.  I would think it will wear better also because it has no sharp corners.

The next change is the jimping on the spine.  It goes nearly two thirds of the length of the blade.  At first glance, I thought it was an appearance thing.  But then I realized it allows you to get a really good grip with your thumb even if you have to choke way up on the knife.  You can put your thumb about halfway or even more down the length of the blade and still keep great control over the blade–even when making strong slicing style cuts.  The jimping is slightly rounded for comfort.

The Trident Elite also has the newest generation of SOG’s Assisted Technology.  I have to admit, the old system seemed pretty good to me.  The new system is even better.  Just a bit faster, it also feels more solid.

Overall, I think the new Trident Elite is sure to be a huge hit.  It will especially appeal to those looking for a mid to large pocket folder with assist capability who want their knife to be lightweight yet strong and to have a definite tactical feel to them.  Every Trident also has the strap cutter slot on the spine that uses the blade as a strap cutter when it is closed.  Perfect for every day use, emergencies, as well as a tactical deployment knife.  The Trident Elite by SOG is a great new addition to their spectacular line of knives.  Find yours here.  And let me know what you think below.

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Favorite New Schrade Assist Knife of 2014 — SCHA7SM Series

Schrade Assist 7 Knife
Schrade Assist 7 Knife–small version with venom green handle

Continuing on with my favorites new knives of 2014 series, I have now decided that my favorite new Schrade Assist knife for 2014 is the SCHA7SM series. Just this year, Schrade came out with the 7 series in both a large and a small version.  Both sizes are fantastic, but I prefer the smaller version.

These knives boast aluminum handles.  Available in three colors (brown, black and venom green), the handle features unique machining.  The angles are such that no matter how you hold the knife, you get a good grip on it.  Like most smaller knives, the big concern is how it feels in your hand.  This one feels right.  It has a wider than average, somewhat shallow and slightly elliptical shape.  This gives your forefinger plenty of space to lay across the handle.  I normally grab my knife with my forefinger at a slight angle instead of exactly perpendicular to the handle.  The second finger groove is about 50% longer and easily allows for your next two fingers to sit in.  My pinkie hangs off the end of the handle–but the handle butt angles sharply up from the end of the second finger groove.  This allows my pinkie to sit tight on the handle butt and gives my hand a comfortable feel.  It also gives me an extremely secure grip.  With the pinkie on the handle butt, the handle isn’t going anywhere.  I also like the finish on the handle.  It has a coarse powder coat which gives it a mild sandpaper feel.

The blade is AUS8 and comes with a bead blast finish on the brown handle model and a black tactical finish on the black and venom green handles.  You can get any of the three versions with a standard edge or with a combo edge.  I prefer the plain edge.  The blade has a shallow curve on the spine right near the handle.  This gives your thumb a very nice purchase when you are making fine slicing cuts.  The blade opens with the MAGIC system.  This is the exact same system used in the Smith & Wesson spring assist knives.  If you have never used a knife with the MAGIC system–you will be pleased.  The blade opens fast with a slight tug on the blade actuator (spine flipper but different mechanism).  Or you can use the ambidextrous thumb studs.  The blade locks open with a liner lock.  And you can lock the blade open or closed with the slide safety lock.  When it is “live” it shows red dot so you know the blade can be actuated.

What I like most about this knife is the size.  At just over 3.25″ closed, the knife fits nicely in my pocket and doesn’t take up much space at all.  The blade is over 2.5″ long so it gives me all the cutting power I need for every day cutting tasks.  I also really like the feel of the coarse powder coat.  It gives the knife a unique look.  If you prefer a bigger knife, check out the larger size–they operate and feel just the same, except bigger.   So whether you pick up the venom green model so you can destroy incoming zombies or the classic black model for your every day tactical life–check out the new small Schrade Assist 7 knife on our website and let me know what you think of yours.
SPECIFICATIONS:

Overall: 5 7/8″
Blade: 2.6″
Closed: 3.3″
Weight: 2.6 oz

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Favorite New CRKT Fixed Blade of 2014 — CRKT Synergist Quick Review

CRKT Synergist
CRKT Synergist Fixed Blade Knife, CR2070

My favorite new 2014 fixed blade from CRKT is the Synergist.  This great spear point dagger has everything I need and want in a small, back up fixed blade.  The blade is 8Cr13MoV stainless steel, which means the steel is good enough for heavy use and will be relatively easy to sharpen.  It has an extremely thin profile which makes it great for daily carry.  I don’t typically wear boots–but if I did, I would definitely boot carry this one every day.

It is a symmetrical knife that has identical finger grooves as well as finger choils.  Very comfortable in my hand, the knife also features a lanyard hole at the base of the handle.  Handle scales of black G-10 make for an ultra secure grip.  And the knife comes with a pressed leather sheath that has a belt clip on the back.

What do I love about the CRKT Synergist?  I especially like how thin the knife is.  It makes for a comfortable, concealed carry if that is allowed where you live.  I also like the blade shape–it allows for serious cutting tasks when the need arises.  This would also be a great back up knife to carry in your go bag.

What would I change?  Not much.  I would maybe like an option for a Kydex sheath.  I think this knife would be a great neck carry knife, but with the leather sheath that probably isn’t going to happen.   Maybe it is time to learn to build Kydex sheaths.  I’ve heard they are pretty easy to make…

Check out the CRKT Synergist on our website here.  And let me know what you think of it after you get yours.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Blade Length: 3.63″
  • Thickness: 0.16″
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, HRC 56-58
  • Overall: 7.63″
  • Weight: 3.6 oz.
  • Handle Material: Black G10
  • Sheath: Leather w/ Clip
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Favorite New Boker Fixed Blade Knife of 2014- The VoxKnives Rold

Boker Plus Rold, Black
Boker Plus Rold, Black a Jasper Voxnaes design

I am always on the lookout for a great fixed blade knife.  So whenever new ones show up at the shop, I take a few extra moments to check them out.  Just in today are the brand new for 2014 Boker Plus VoxKnives Rold knives.  This is a Jesper Voxnaes design, and I am more than impressed.  Here is what immediately caught my eye.

D2 tool steel blade with a flat grind.  3/16″ thick and full tang construction.  Classic blade shape with wide jimping on the thumb ramp and an extra finger choil just below the blade edge.  Here is what all that is going to do for you.  The flat grind allows you to slice and chop with extraordinary ease.  The extra thick blade gives you strength as well as some heft (weight) behind your heavy cuts. The thickness also allows you to baton the blade spine for serious chopping tasks. The jimping allows your thumb extra grip and control.  The additional finger choil gives you maximum control when you want to “choke” up on the knife for fine and precise cuts.

The handle is contoured black G-10 with a red layer that adds some nice contrast.  The butt of the handle has a dovetail shape and a palm swell in just the right place.  Two, extra-large rivet tubes look great and add function to the knife.  Here is what all that is going to do for you.  The G-10 is going to give you loads of grip–in my estimation it stands as one of the best materials for knives in inclement weather.  The palm swell and the dovetail add to an already secure grip but getting your hand in the right place and giving you plenty of handle to grab.  The rivet tubes reduce the knife weight slightly and add a spot to run a lanyard through–for even more knife control.

The Rold is sized right about where you would expect most camp knives to be.  With an overall length of 11″ and a blade length of 6″–you have plenty of cutting edge and heft to get serious cuts done without being so large as to make the knife unwieldy.  Priced right at around $135.00–the Rold is going to make some serious campers very happy this year.  Check out the Boker Knives Rold on our website here.

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