SOG Knives Collectors' Review/Take:
The SOG Government, ancestor of the Government Agent and the Gov-Tac,is said to be the 13th knife that SOG produced. A nice camping knife to have, the SOG Government incorporates a stainless steel pommel designed to be used as a field hammer - very handy feature indeed for hammering in those tent stakes or nails. It is was also rolled out during the same period in a tactical version, the Recon Government, which features a gun-blued darkened blade instead of the satin finish that the Government has. SOG came out with confusing names for the consumers - Government, Government Agent and the Gov-Tac... Only the true collectors with the right knowledge will be able to discern between the three knives.
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Blade Length: 6.25 in. x .180 in.
Overall length: 11.25 in.
Blade Steel: 440A Stainless Steel
Blade hardness: Rc. 57-58
Blade finish: Satin-finished
Weight: ~8.5 oz. ?
Carry System: Leather sheath, nylon sheath (later versions)
Handle Material: Black Kraton handle
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Country of origin: Japan
Part #: S13
Last Known MSRP: $107.95 (retail)
Production dates: 1990 - 2002
Production numbers: ?
Limited run?: No.
Other things of interest: Discontinued from production, first knife with a pommel to use as a field hammer?
Rarity index: 8.5/10 (10 being the most rare)
Rarity index scale (1 to 10, 10 being the most rare):
1 - Very common; easily available on ebay, google product search and almost every knife selling website. Spammed with at least 10+ listings on ebay.
3 - Has been around for at least 2 years and are selling reasonably well, with retailers favouring other newer models over this knife.
5 - Knives that are on the borderline of being discontinued or have been discontinued for less than 6 months
6 - Products from 6 onwards are either discontinued or limited edition.
7 - Discontinued knives that pop up once every few months on the "For Sale" part of forums or on ebay. Still can be found at a few online shops though.
8 - Knives that need lots of researching to find. Not available anymore in online knife shops and pop up (if you're lucky) >4 months for one at a time.
9 - Knives holding this rarity are the shadowy kind. You can't find any information on them at all (not even from online knife shops that have not taken down that knife's product page). If you see one for sale grab at all cost.
10 - The rarest of all knives. If you hadn't been here you wouldn't even have known that it existed. Should you have one of these you better lock it up in a triple-combination safe and treat it like a family heirloom...
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The SOG Government is history in the making. Never before has state of the art cutlery been so affordable! The Government's all stainless steel construction combined with a razor sharp edge insures executive cutting performance whether on land, sea or air. SOG products are famous for their weather proof solder fits between blade and guard and the Government follows suit with this unparalleled construction feature... a first in its class.
Our tough pliable Kraton handle with wrap around checkering provides the finest tacky grip available in any environment... wet or dry. In addition the handle is protected by a steel pommel that also offers the advantages of a field hammer. The Government is an advanced technology product capable of superior performance... aside from the fact that it is the lowest priced knife in its field.
What's in the box Full view SOG Government SOG logo Made in Seki, Japan
Government Sheathed Original Box label