Plowing through a sea of folding knives there lies great difficulty in finding new innovative designs. After all, several manufacturers have been creating reliable, well designed assisted-opening knives for years. And what’s not broken, needs not fixing, right? Well, SOGdecided to look into new mechanisms and methods for opening an assisted knife and gave birth to the SOG Quake and Quake XL.
The folding knives I currently own are activated by either a thumb stud located on the blade or a flipper on the back side of the blade. SOG went a completely different route with their SOG Assisted Technology or SAT 2 utilizing the black cross guard to serve dual purposes. As the SOG Quake folds into the handle, the cross guard pivots on a hinge from perpendicular to parallel with the blade. Once folded, the cross guard becomes the lever you push to open this assisted knife.
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