- Nov 16, 1998
Bead Blasted / Matte Finish Titanium Handle Slabs
Partially Serrated ATS-34 modified Tanto Blade which I like much so, gives me the best of both worlds!
Blade is 0.11" thick stock
Traction on back of blade to prevent thumb slippage,
Polished Stainless Steel Double Liners,
Double Thumb Studs with grooves,
Titanium cutout pocket clip, can be attached to front or back of handle,
Black Zytel back spacer with a stainless steel sleeve going through for a lanyard hole,
Large Polished Stainless Steel Torx Pivot Screw,
4 small Torx assembly screws,
3 Phillip Head pocket clip attaching screws,
Thumb Stud and Arc Lock have Regular Flat Head Screw for assembly.
Arc Lock Locks up bank vault tight!
Edges are all smoothed for comfort.
Blade comes razor sharp out of the box.
Hollow Ground Blade except is Flat Ground towards the Tanto Tip. Sharpened on both sides of the blade!
The weight feels good, feels as though the knife should be larger than what it is.
Comparing the Arc Lock to the Axis Lock, the Arc Lock seems tighter giving me an even more secure feeling of a lock up! "You may want to add a little Tuf-Glide to the pivot area and a dab of RemOil to the Arc Lock for easier operation if so desired .... I myself prefer the operation the way it is!"
When you are holding the SOG Vision #68, it sort of feels like you are holding a Spyderco Stainless Steel Clip-it because of it's feel of smoothness which comes from the polished stainless steel liners and it's weight! This I find real pleasing!
Pocket clip is attached in a position which leaves about an inch of the knife's handle exposed when clipped in the pocket .... this allows for fast deployement! There are pre-drilled holes on the front side of the knife's handle for relocating the pocket clip to the other side.
The double thumb studs are positioned in the right spot for smooth one hand opening.
There is a stop pin for the opened position and the Arc Lock Cam works as a stop for the blade in the closed postion.
Overall I feel the titanium version Vision with the Arc Lock is an excellent made production knife. The only thing I would change on this particular model is the location of the pocket clip. I would rather see it located at the edge of the handle more so for deep pocket carry and also located at the pivot end of the knife for tip down carry. Fast deployement is not my concern rather than more concealment is! This though is just my preference, may not be yours!
I would like to see SOG also produce this knife in a larger version. About an inch or so more to the blade's length and an inch or so more to the handles's length. I just am accustomed to a little larger of a knife. I would definetly keep this size Vision though, it is a more popular size and carry's well in suit or dressier occasions as well as every day use.
The SOG Vision #68 with the Arc Lock is a keeper! The Arc Lock is amazing and gives the user complete confidence in it's lock up. I've been partial to Integral style locks for the tight locking and secure feeling it gives, but the Arc Lock I feel just as confident in if not more so! At least the wear isn't as pronounced as a Integral or Liner Lock would eventually see.
MY HAT COMES OFF TO SOG --- A REAL WINNER HERE!
For more reviews and details with pics of the Arc Lock, check out this link: ARC LOCK PICS
By the way, this Vision did pass the FREE HANGING TOILET PAPER TEST
[This message has been edited by Mark W Douglas (edited 08-21-2000).]