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American Handgunner May/June 2012 Digital Edition - Page 60
SOG: flash II partially Serrated ROck SOlid t kniveS! he roller coaster ride known as the cutlery industry has undergone many changes over the past 25 years, but one thing has stayed consistent. SOG Specialty Knives & Tools — commonly known as SOG — still makes tough knives built for the long haul. The tactical segment of the knife world was a lot different in 1986 than it is today. The tactical boom spawned out of the first Gulf War in the early 1990s, and grew to be the hottest genre in the cutlery arena today. At that time, finely engraved gents folders ruled the roost in custom knives, and aside from a fledgling company that was making knives with holes in their blades, the oft-copied Buck 110 was pretty much it in the manufacturer’s lines. It was around this time SOG owner Spencer Frazer hatched an idea to produce a modernized version of the legendary Studies and Observations Group Bowie knife borne to fame in the jungles of Vietnam. With assistance and encouragement from his wife Gloria, Spencer made modifications to the original design to make it better, such as impregnating the stacked leather handles with resin and making the blade steel thicker so it can be all it can be. The young entrepreneur was not new to design. A math and science major at UCLA, he had experience designing and marketing an audio WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MAY/JUNE2012 tactical tomahawk 60