Article originally published on Breach Bang Clear by Craig Metzger

SOG has somewhat of a cult following. When I mentioned I had a SOG Trident for review, a few folks piped up and claimed how much they like SOG’s stabby devices. I was surprised because SOG is a huge player in the game and typically this type of fanfare is reserved for smaller or obscure knife makers. Tonight, we’ll look at the SOG Trident Elite Tanto. Sit back, put on your leather gauntlets, get that hair into a proper pony tail, and let’s go.

MNKF: SOG Trident Elite Tanto


The Trident Tanto Elite seeks to solve the problem of carrying multiple tools. The knife has three main functions. The first and most obvious is the Tanto blade. If you get caught in the knife point debate some will wave the Tanto flag for its increased strength towards the tip, while others will say the Tanto has no real advantages and is a pain in the ass to sharpen. There’s no denying, however, that it looks cool as fuck and will get the cutting job done.

The second function is a small-glass breaker tip found toward the front. Normally a glass breaker is on the rear of the knife. It’s fairly small but gets the job done (unless you have Mad Duo Merrill around, ’cause he’ll just throw his elbow through the car window. True story.). The last feature is an integrated slot cutter/seat belt cutter that actually uses the knife blade instead of a dedicated blade. SOG doesn’t call it a seatbelt cutter and maybe that’s not it’s intention, but we see it as a seatbelt cutter. When you sum up all these functions, the Trident Elite has the makings of being a great emergency folder for a vehicle go-bag.

That said, I set out to use the knife as part of a vehicle kit for my truck. The knife saw various action including breaking down cardboard, trimming twine and rope for various chores, and varied routine cutting duties. The one or two things it didn’t do was cut through my seat belts or smash my truck window, but I set out to try out these functions too. We’ll get to that later.

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