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Air-SOG authentic?

Discussion in 'SOG Specialty Knives' started by Andres Allikas, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Yeah, could be any of the things Ken mentioned. No matter what it looks to be in great shape!
     
  2. Andres Allikas

    Andres Allikas

    11
    Oct 14, 2015
    Ken, thanks for your comments! No matter what I do like the blade. I shall see how it holds the edge and I own a Tormek 7 anyway.
     
  3. sac troop

    sac troop

    885
    Mar 4, 2009
    IMHO, that looks like normal wear and tear on a knife thats been used and sharpened some. Not everyone who sharpens their knives pays close attention to the process.
     
  4. dkrisner

    dkrisner

    16
    Sep 19, 2014
    does anyone know what blade steel was used on them
     
  5. KenHash

    KenHash Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    Many early Seki SOGs were marketed as 440A. But later SOG disclosed that they only used that because American buyers would be more familiar with it than the Aus6 that was actually used. BTW SOG is not the only company to have done this.
     
  6. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    So was that true of all knives that were said to use 440a? Just wondering.
     
  7. KenHash

    KenHash Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    Don't know who else had "440A" marked knives back then. Browning had 440 Stainless but later admitted
    it was Aus8. Cold Steel used "400 Series Stainless" early on that they admitted was Aus8 in some cases.
    To my knowledge no one has stepped up to explain their use of "surgical stainless steel" though. LOL
     
  8. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    I was more thinking of sog specifically but that is interesting about cold steel. So the magnadot I have and the air on the way are likely Aus6 and not 440a?
     
  9. KenHash

    KenHash Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I would pretty much bet on it. Those models were made in Seki(probably by G.Sakai) and Seki City is right next to Aichi Prefecture(State) where Aichi Steel is located. I can not imagine that it would be
    economical to import US made 400A when Aus6/Aus8 is available practically next door. All of SOG's Seki knives I found seem to be Aus6, except for specific models that state otherwise.
    For example the S2 Trident and Scuba Demo were marketed as Aus8 at the time. I am not aware of any info on Folders until the move to VG10 and laminates.
     
  10. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Excellent information Ken. Thank you.
     
  11. Jagravity

    Jagravity

    8
    Jan 12, 2016
    Mine niether. No jumping on the airsog. No pocket clip as well. U gotta official!
     

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