Alec Taylor of SOG showing a new knife!

SOG continues to revamp it’s lineup for 2020 with their Professional XR series. First previewed at SHOT Show 2020, they are finally making their way onto dealer’s shelves. Alec Taylor from SOG joins us for BLADE Show Week to show us these thoroughly updated classic models.

All of these updated designs are built around SOG’s excellent XR-Lock, their entry into the crossbar lock genre, and we love what they have done with it. They have made sure all their new designs are completely ambidextrous in all aspects, taking advantage of the ambi nature of the lock itself. We especially love the way a ramp on the tang of the blade makes it start to rotate open as soon as you pull back on the lock bar.


SOG-TAC XR

SOG-TAC XR, OD green G10 on white background

The biggest jump from old versions to the new comes from the TAC series. Formerly they were all automatics, but the new versions are completely manual. The cryo-treated D2 steel, updated shape and addition of the XR lock make these not only a formidable and affordable tactical folder, but also a versatile option for everyday carry.

SOG-TAC XR Specs

  • Blade Length: 3.39″
  • Closed Length: 4.65″
  • Overall Length: 8.00″
  • Blade Material: D2 Tool Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.130″
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Finish: Black
  • Handle Material: OD Green or Black G10
  • Handle Thickness: 0.56″
  • Locking Mechanism: XR
  • Pocket Clip: Deep Carry (Tip-Up, Right/Left Carry)
  • Weight: 5.22 oz.
  • Made in China

SOG Pentagon XR

SOG Pentagon XR, black G10 on white background

The new Pentagon XR continues to sport a dagger-like profile that is single edged, but with just the tip on the back side sharpened to aid in penetration. My favorite part is the handle. It is large enough and neutral enough for any hand size out there, even when wearing combat or duty gloves. Blade steel gets a bump up to CST-XHP for higher performance and edge retention.

SOG Pentagon XR Specs

  • Blade Length: 3.61″
  • Closed Length: 4.77″
  • Overall Length: 8.38″
  • Blade Material: CTS-XHP Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.118″
  • Blade Style: Spear Point
  • Blade Finish: Black
  • Handle Material: OD Green or Black G10
  • Locking Mechanism: XR
  • Pocket Clip: Deep Carry (Tip-Up, Right/Left Carry)
  • Weight: 4.9 oz.
  • Made in Taiwan

SOG Vision XR

SOG VisionXR, black G10 on white background

Finally we have the Vision XR, which ditches the recurve drop point of the original and now picks up strong tanto profile perfect for heavy use. Again we see XHP steel, and like all the knives here it features three opening methods. You can use the thumbstuds, flipper tab, or hold the lock back and flick it open with your wrist.

SOG Vision XR Specs

  • Blade Length: 3.36″
  • Closed Length: 4.65″
  • Overall Length: 8.01″
  • Blade Material: CTS-XHP Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125″
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Finish: Black
  • Handle Material: Black G10
  • Handle Thickness: 0.53″
  • Locking Mechanism: XR
  • Pocket Clip: Deep Carry (Tip-Up, Right/Left Carry)
  • Weight: 4.4 oz.
  • Made in China

We cover these models more deeply in our interview if you would like more details, and also show off the cool new Ultra XR EDC/Money Clip knife that has been very popular so far. Check it all out in the video below.

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