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SOG Vulcan Folding Knife
(1/31/11) The review for the SOG Vulcan was left for us by Blake F. from New Jersey. Thanks Blake for the review and take it easy on your knives man.
I’ve owned and used this Sog Vulcan for about a year now. When I purchased mine, it was selling in local stores for $159.95, despite the MSRP of $181.00. Now this knife can be purchased for as little as 98.95, and in my mind, there is not a knife in that price range and far above that that compares to it. It has a thick blade, and a perfectly formed handle. The lockback design is by far the most superior I’ve ever used and despite some very heavy abuse, I have not had it fail on me yet.
I’ve used this knife for everything from opening boxes, to splitting 2×4 lumber to prying open stuck doors. Yes, I have abused this knife far beyond it’s original intentions, but when I buy a knife, I buy a tool, and I use it as such. The edge that comes on the blade from the factory is razor sharp and holds up quite well. However, the edge does take some occasional sharpening. It has a pretty sharp angle compared to that of a pocket knife, but sharpens easily. I found that sharpening was effortless.
The only downside that I’ve found to the knife is the Belt Clip. It looks sturdy, but does bend out easily and is very easy to break when bending it back. SOG seems to know about this, because they offer free belt clip replacement. You just have to call them and they’ll ship you a replacement immediately. In closing, I’ll say that I’ve never owned such a rugged knife and would buy one immediately if I lost it.
Manufacturer’s Specs for the Vulcan:
- Blade length: 3.5 inches x .16 inch
- Overall length: 8.375 inches
- Weight: 5 ounces
- Edge: Straight
- Steel: VG-10
- Rockwell hardness: 59 – 60
- Handle: GRN (Glass Reinforced Nylon)
- Finish: Satin