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Old April 30, 2002, 10:36 AM   #26
ahenry
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Medusaoblongata,

First of all Welcome to TFL!

Sorry I am just now responding to your question. I hadn’t followed this thread after I responded so I didn’t know you had asked me a question, didn’t mean to ignore.

First the situation was several years ago. My best guess is that it was between 5 and 10 years ago, so I don’t remember exactly what knife it was and even if I did it is probably a good bet that SOG has improved their line considerably since then. Anyway, the knife was some standard type of SOG, had no belt clip but did have a thumb stud. The lock style was not a linear lock. My friend was abusing the lock the way he was using it, the best way for me to describe it would be to say it was a “backwards slash”. To be fair to SOG, the way it was used was not in the way the knife was designed. On a whim I just asked my friend what he thought of SOG as a result of this situation and he said he didn’t think bad of them at all since he was abusing the knife. So take it as you will, for my money I want a lock that will take abuse, and however many years ago it was, a SOG couldn’t. I imagine they can now, but my view of them is tainted.
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Old April 30, 2002, 06:06 PM   #27
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Thanks for getting back to me, and thanks for the welcome. FWIW some of the newer SOGs have the ARC lock, which I believe is really one of the best out there. It sounds like the one that failed was a lockback, which have been known to close inadvertently, especially when pressure is put on the back of the handle.

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for my money I want a lock that will take abuse, and however many years ago it was, a SOG couldn’t. I imagine they can now, but my view of them is tainted.
As do I, which is why I've studied a lot of the available lock formats. I believe the Axis lock to be the best, and I put the Arc lock in second place. Liner locks and lockbacks go towards the bottom of the ladder. I can't speak for the quality of all SOG's knives, but the Arc lock Vision and Night Vision are top notch and should serve anyone very well.
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