OWNER REVIEW --- SOG TECH BOWIE FIXED BLADE KNIFE
- SOG TECH BOWIE FIXED BLADE KNIFE
BY PETE JAWORSKI
January 31, 2012
NAME: Pete Jaworski
LOCATION: Frisco, TX, USA
HEIGHT: 6' 0" (2.08 m)
WEIGHT: 240 lb (109.00 kg)
I have been a hiker, camper and climber since my childhood (7/8 years old).
Most of my experience is weekend and occasional week long treks on the
Appalachian Trail (NJ/PA north to Maine). In Texas I encounter more
temperate and low altitude camping. Depending on climate and terrain, I
will pack anywhere between minimalist (20 lbs or less) to a heavy pack (50
lbs plus) with many creature comforts.
Manufacturer: SOG Specialty Knives & Tools, LLC
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.sogknives.com/
MSRP: US$ 207.00
Listed Weight: 11.2 oz (317.51g)
Actual Weight: 10.9 oz (308g) Knife only
Kydex Sheath Included
Sheath Weight: 3.6oz (102g)
Blade Length/ Width: 6.4" x .24" (16.3cm x 6.1mm)
Actual Length/ Width: 6.4" x .24" (16.3cm x 6.1mm)
Actual Cutting Edge: 5.5" (13.97cm)
Overall Length 11" (27.9cm)
Steel: AUS 8
HRC : 57-58
Finish Hardcased Black TiNi
Country of Origin Taiwan
SOG Warranty Information
All SOG products are guaranteed against defects in workmanship and materials
for the life of the original purchaser. This guarantee is voided (as
determined by SOG) by misuse, abuse, improper maintenance, or alterations of
the product and does not cover any normal wear or tear that might occur.
Using your SOG folding blade or fixed blade knife for any purpose other than
cutting or puncturing is considered abuse and may void your warranty.
The Tech Bowie - Black TiNi (hereafter refered to as the "knife" or "Bowie")
Is a single edge fixed blade tool. The blade is hardcased in black TiNi so
as to not reflect light. The knife is full tanged, meaning that the metal
continues throught the fulllength of the handle. The handle has 3/16'
(4.762mm) hole in the steel end of the handle, This can be used as an
attachment point for a lanyard or other type survival rope. The SOG
Insignia and Tech Bowie Name are etched (in white) in to the lefft side of
the blade and TIWAN on right the handle has SOG speciality knives releif
printed into the handle on both sides.
The Kydex Sheath (hearafter refered to as the "sheath") is a hard plastic
type material. It has the SOG name Stamped through the edge end, and
multiple attachement points for lashing to gear and MOLE. There is a
flexable snap closure that connects around the knife handle and keeps it
secured in the sheath. The sheath also has a belt loop attachement so it
can be worn on the hip.
This knife was purchased in the fall of 2010 and has traveled with me on
every hiking trip, camping outing and day hike excursion I have ever gone
on. I usually keep this knife on my person (when not at work) or in my
The knife was shipped in sheath in SOG Logo box with paper wrapping with a
fixed blade product information brochure, including maintenance instructions
and warranty information. The blade was extremely sharp coming out of the
box and ready to use.
I use this knife in altitudes between -75' (-22.86m) below sea level to over
8000 Feet (2438m). Temperatures have ranged -3 °F (-19 °C) to over 110 °F
(43 °C). Conditions have been full sun, rain, heavy fog, thunderstorms,
freezing rain and snow storms. It has been in desert conditions in Big Bend
National Park to Blizzard conditions on Mount Washington Maine
The knife has been used to field dress deer and other game, filet fish, open
cans and live shellfish. It has been extensively used to cut: wood,
climbing rope, accessory cord and webbing, hair, clothing, brush (live and
dead vegetation), branches, plastic (Cable Ties), paper and cardboard, duct
tape, and my hand (once, and it performed extraordinarily well at that).
This knife has also been used several times as a wood splitter in
conjunction with a larger wood log/branch as a hammer (Not recommended by
manufacturer), as a pry tool for separating wood (not recommended by
manufacturer). Several times as a digging tool for cat holes (also NOT
recommended by manufacturer). It has been lashed to the end of wood and
used as a fishing spear (no recommendation by manufacturer). It has once or
twice been thrown at trees and plywood (again not recommended by
manufacturer). The knife has also been stabbed into logs, picnic tables and
sheetrock. It has also been used to lift Dutch Ovens from fire pits and as
a general cooking tool.
I have sharpened this knife several times using a wet stone and/or tri
stone combination and am able to refresh the blade using a burr steel from
time to time. The blade does not have any knicks/notches or obvious damage
and the Black TiNi coating has held up very well through heavy usage.
Over all I am very impressed with the quality of the blade and how long it
keeps and edge, considering the rigors and amount of use it does get. The
knife is heavy, part of the reason I bought it, I wanted a "meaty" blade to
hold up to use and often abuse. This knife has outperformed other fixed
blades I have owned in the past by far.
THINGS I LIKE
I did become disenchanted with the stock sheath and decided to upgrade to
the seal team nylon sheath ($25.00 US) this gave me the same attachment and
belt loop capabilities but added a Velcro closure over the handle and
exterior Velcro pouch for the stowage of a multi tool.
Holds a great edge for a long time
Optional accessories available
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
Heavy for some people
This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
Copyright 2012. All rights reserved.
Pete Jaworski CEC, CMP, CCE, CMCA
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