SOG Knives Collectors' Review/Take:
This knife is an interesting mix between classy and tactical. It features a very beefy Kraton handle that feels solid in hand and is coupled with a shiny brass guard, which is very attractive to many. It certainly feels much better in hand than the current "Tech Bowie" due to its thicker handle. It is the model produced after the Tech II, which is the larger version of this knife. Either this or the Tech II would make a nice addition to any SOG collection, or both as a pair. It is also one of the earlier models that SOG produced. Also known as the "Tech I" by some.
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Blade Length: 5.75 in. x .250 in.
Overall length: 11 in.
Blade steel: 440A (earlier versions feature SK-5 and AUS-8A)
Blade hardness: Rc. 56-58
Blade finish: Satin-finished
Weight: 12.5 oz.
Carry System: Black nylon sheath
Handle Material: Black Kraton handle
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Country of origin: Japan
Part #: S10
Last Known MSRP: $<.>
Production dates: 1990 - 2002
Production numbers: ?
Limited run?: No.
Other things of interest: Has brass guard.
Rarity index: 9/10 (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:
Other side of the Tech Earlier production A well-used SOG Tech