First things first: the SOG Pentagon Elite is a premium knife. VG-10 Stainless Steel, Zytel handle, Arc-Lock system. This thing is a top-of-the-line SOG product (which are all excellent quality products). That said, if you are looking for something beyond your typical inexpensive knife, this is the way to go. Not much more expensive than a mid-range knife and oh-so-awesome! The looks are sleek and understated. Refined, even. The blade itself is the same length as the handle (the tip almost touches the bottom of the handle when folded), so it is LONG. Speaking of tips, the tip is a "shark tooth" style tip, where both sides are sharp, perfect for opening boxes without damaging their contents. The blade is, as mentioned, VG-10 stainless, made in Japan. Then comes the Arc-Lock. The Arc-Lock is so awesome, I had to give it its own paragraph in my review. First thing you'll notice is how smooth it is. Opening the knife takes no effort at all (though, due to the design of the Arc-Lock, the blade stays in until you flick it out). The design of the lock makes this knife perfect for one-handed use. I have learned to close the knife not just with one hand (like all my other knives), but with nothing more than a push of the lock and a flick. Since your fingers never get in the way of the blade like on a liner-lock knife, the blade can be flicked closed in just the same way any decent knife can be flicked open. In addition, the design of the lock (and the thumb studs) means this knife is TOTALLY AMBIDEXTROUS! Just a quick switching of the pocket clip to the other side of the knife and lefties are good to go. I'm a rightie and I can use this knife left handed no problem (something I wish I could say with my other knives). I also own a SOG Kilowatt that I've had for a year and a half now and while that thing is also and excellent quality knife (AUS-8 stainless steel, a step down from VG-10, and a Zytel handle), this one knocks it out of the park. While the Kilowatt looks a little goofy, you'll never find yourself questioning the looks of this knife. It. Looks. Slick. Plus, the Arc-Lock system is just totally unbeatable. I wasn't sure if it was really a selling point for me before buying, as I'd never used it, but now that I have, I have a hard time going back to liner-locks. All in all, a great knife and a great buy. IF THIS REVIEW IS TOO LONG, AT LEAST READ THIS: this is an excellent quality knife that looks great and functions even better, thanks in huge part to the Arc-Lock system.
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