SOG Knives Collectors
The encyclopedia of extraordinary knives
`What's New`
*The EXTRAORDINARY Knives (1986-2008)*
*Current Knives (2009-)*
Country of Origin - SOGs
SOG Knife Values
How now SOG?
Wanted/For Sale (new)
Wanted/For sale
About Us
Daggert 1 & 2 ('05 Special Ed.)
Desert Dagger
Desert Dagger (Leather)
Gov-Tac ('05 Special Ed.)
Government (Leather)
Government Agent
Midnight Tigershark
Nite Tech
Northwest Ranger
Northwest Ranger (Cocobolo)
Pentagon (Cocobolo)
Recon Bowie
Recon Bowie (Damascus)
Recon Government
S1 Bowie Original
S1 Bowie (Tigerstriped)
S1 Bowie (Damascus)
S1C Bowie Commemorative
SCUBA/Demo (Damascus)
Seal 2000
Seal Pup (Japan)
Team Leader (folder)
Tech I
Tech II
Tigershark (SK-5)
Tigershark (Powdered)
Tomcat (Original)
Tomcat (Cocobolo)
Tomcat II
Trident S2 Bowie
X-42 Recondo
X-42 Recondo (Black TiNi)
X-42 Field Knife
Recon Government


SOG Recon Government (Photo:Bryan Lierdahl)

SOG Knives Collectors' Review/Take:
The 'Recon Government' is the gun-blued version of the original 'Government'. Though similar in design and dimensions, the steel used on both knives was different as trying to apply a gun-blue finish on stainless steel (the Government's) was not possible. It was produced concurrently with the 'Government' as a tactical alternative to its satin-finished twin and was not am exclusive production for anyone. 

Not much is known about this knife, just like the rest of SOG's older gun-blued blades. No pictures of the Recon Government can be found floating around on the internet forums. Seems like most of SOG's gun-blued blades are just as mysterious as they look and vanish without a trace.

Copyright © Notice: If you plan to use our information (eg. selling your knife on Ebay), please cite our website by saying "Information taken from:" or mention our website.

Blade Length: 6.25 in. x .180 in.
Overall length: 11.25 in.
Blade Steel: SK-5 Carbon Steel
Blade hardness: Rc. 57-58
Blade finish: Gun-blued
Weight: ~8.5 oz. ? 
Edge: Straight
Carry System: Nylon sheath
Handle Material: Black Kraton handle
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Country of origin: Japan
Part #: S21
Rarity Details:
Last Known MSRP: $?
Production dates: 1990 - 2002?
Production numbers: ?
Limited run?: No.
Other things of interest: One of the first few gun-blued SOGs available.
Rarity index: 9.5/10
(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...

Links to forums on this knife:
- Recon government? (Bladeforums)
- HI Ron, (Bladeforums)
Product Description:
The Recon Government is now available and features the same high carbon tooling steel as our SOG Bowie, the deepest gun blued finish available and a military type nylon sheath.  

SOG Recon Government 45 deg up left (Photo:Bryan Lierdahl)
Left View
SOG Recon Government 45 deg up right (Photo:Bryan Lierdahl)
Right View
SOG Recon Governmnt gun-blued blade (Photo:Bryan Lierdahl)
Gun-blued blade 
SOG Recon Government handle thickness (Photo: Bryan Lierdahl)
Handle thickness
 SOG Recon Government butt view (Photo: Bryan Lierdahl)
SOG Recon Government Butt view
 SOG Recon Government seki japan engraving (Photo: Bryan Lierdahl)
Seki Japan made
 SOG Recon Government horizontal left view (Photo: Bryan Lierdahl)
Horizontal view left
SOG Recon Government horizontal right view (Photo:Bryan Lierdahl)
Horizontal view right
 SOG Recon Government with condura sheath (Photo: Bryan Lierdahl)
Condura sheath front
SOG Recon Government sheath back (Photo: Bryan Lierdahl)
Condura sheath back
SOG Recon Government with other knives (Photo: Bryan Lierdahl)
With other knives
A stock photo of the Recon government.
Stock SOG photo

Page last updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 09:08:24 PST