This time on Steal of the Week we’ve got something a little special for you – emphasis on the “little.” We’re looking at the SOG Micron Tanto keychain knife, a rugged little sucker that’s just about as low-profile as it gets.
If you’ve been on the look-out for the perfect knife for your newborn, look no further as the Micron’s small size makes it a perfect baby’s first knife. In the closed position this knife just under 2″ long, so you could easily stash it in the small pocket of your jeans without any discomfort. Just don’t forget it’s there come laundry day. The Micron is outfitted with a large lanyard hole so you can attach a key-ring or small lanyard and clip the knife to your keys.
Blade deployment is handled using a fingernail nick, because there really isn’t room for much else. It’s a slip-joint lock, so reasonably secure when extended, and to close it down you just apply some pressure, and the blade will lock at the half-stop to make sure you have time to get your fingers out of the way. The blade is a 1.5″ tanto that is fairly sharp out of the box, enabling some solid slicing and stabbing performance.
Handling with knives like this always tends to be a little on the awkward side for me, but SOG has managed to mitigate that with some smart design work. The comfortable shape nests securely in the index and middle fingers, and the jimping on the spine of the blade gives your thumb ample purchase. The handle size also makes this a great knife for outfitting GI JOE with before you send him out into the field.
While the SOG Micron Tanto is not going to replace your pocket knife, it’s a fun gift and actually a functional back-up for those occasions when you can’t have your EDC on you. To learn more about this keychain knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com