Our steal this week is the SOG AE01 model from their Aegis line of folders, assembled right here in the USA. The Greek word Aegis loosely translates to shield or protection, which tells you something about the intent with which these knives were built.

Blade on this one is a three and a half inch, flat-ground drop point, made from AUS8 stainless steel. The assisted opening is very responsive, needing just the slightest nudge to deploy the blade. To make sure that only happens when you want it to there’s also a safety switch which effectively keeps the blade closed. The piston lock lets you fold it back down after use.

Handle is a glass reinforced nylon Digi-Grip, making this a super lightweight everyday carry option. Shape fills the hand reasonably comfortably., and the jimping on the top of the handle and the base of the blade gives your thumb a nice place to lock in. The full handle is given a pleasant amount of textured grip by the repetition of a miniscule SOG, lest you forget whose knife this is.

And in case that print is too fine for you to read, you’ll also be reminded by their trademark bayonet reversible pocket clip. This clip works really smoothly and lets you have a nice, deep carry with easy depoloyment.

Overall, the SOG Aegis AE01 is a lightweight, capable folder with a very satisfying assisted opening action. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com