In the process of putting together my little classic SOG display I was able to dig up a lot of information as to how these knives came about. In the early 1980s when Mr Spencer Frazer decided to start a knife company based on a replica of the distinctive MACV-SOG Special Forces Bowie he needed a knife maker who could produce the high quality and rather expensive (for the time) models. He turned to Randall Knives of Orlando FL who, even then, with a several years' waiting list was of no help. But Mr Bo Randall suggested that he contact Mr A.G. Russell who might be able to help him out. Mr Russell introduced Mr Frazer to the Japanese knife makers of Seki Japan, a city with an 800 year history of bladesmiths. The knife maker who ended up making the classic bowies for SOG was Mr Ichiro Hattori, who has been in knife making field for some 60 years starting from the age of 18 in his father's knife company. Heading his own company since 1971 he has, in addition to SOG, made knives for Beretta, Kershaw, Tekna, Browning, Boker and others, and sells his custom creations under his own name as well. In addition to awards in Japan, a leader in the Seki knifemaking community, Mr Hattori's work is highly respected throughout the world in the knife industry. Mr Hattori is also reported to be producing the laminated knives for Fallknieven. This explains why the vintage Seki classic SOGS are held in such high esteem with respect to quality, fit and finish. Mr Hattori produced the Classic Bowies for SOG from 1986 to 2005, when SOG shifted their manufacture of their fixed blades to Taiwan. Today SOG still markets a number of high quality folders that are made for them by G.Sakai of Seki Japan. G. Sakai, which started as Sakai Cutlery in 1958, actually stands for Gerber Sakai, as the first foray into the international market was in the production of the "Silver Knight" folder for Gerber back in 1977. Since then they have been the OEM manufacturer for Spyderco, Al Mar, and others. As far as I can tell, this is the only source of VG-10 knives in the world today.