This time on Steal of the Week we’re going to check out the SOG XV71 X-Ray Vision, a capable folding knife with a few unique features. SOG’s guiding principle in the design of this one was “tactical and practical,” which is really apparent when you look at the knife’s clean lines and easy functionality.
The best thing about this model is the totally ambidextrous build. The blade is deployed by dual thumb studs, it’s got an ambidextrous version of the ARC lock, and the pocket clip is reversible, allowing for left or right side, tip up carry. The pocket clip is SOG’s deep-carry bayonet style, which lets it sit nice and low in the pocket for an unobtrusive, comfortable carry. It’s still pretty rare to see a knife that is completely ambidextrous without any features excluded for the lefties, so that’s a welcome design feature for sure.
Ergonomically speaking this is a very sound design, as well. The taper of the handle not only feels comfortable, but it also gives you a pretty ideal cutting angle. Combine that with the pronounced thumb ramp and this is a super solid knife for your serious cutting tasks. The handle is manufactured from glass reinforced nylon, making it both lightweight and durable.
Being a righty the ambidextrous elements don’t appeal all that much to me, but as a serial fidgeter I really appreciate the variety of opening methods offered by this model. You’ve got the aforementioned dual thumb studs, which you can activate with either your thumb or middle finger for a quick and easy deployment. A secondary option is to pull down the ARC lock, and snap the blade in or out with a flick of the wrist. When it comes to opening this knife you’re almost spoiled for choice.
The blade here is a full 3.75″ of bead-blasted VG-10 stainless steel, though there is also a 3″ variant available. It’s a combo edge with some really heavy-duty serrations, and a tanto tip, making it excellent both for slicing and for piercing.
All-in-all, SOG has taken a terrific basic design, made it super friendly for lefties, and built it out to the nines with some solid materials and great Japanese manufacturing. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com