SOG Tech II – S12

SOG Knives Collectors’ Tech II Review/Take:

Just like it’s little brother the “SOG Tech”, the Tech II has the same features except that it has a larger blade at 7.25″. The length may not be exact as these 2 models were ground by hand and sharpened, or so it was said for the earlier produced knives. Some people said that the length might vary from 7″ to 7.375″ vs SOG’s advertised 7.25″. It is also the predecessor or the SOG ‘Tech’. The ‘Tech II’ was originally called the “Tech”, but when the new shorter 5.75″ ‘Tech’ came out this 7.25″ knife’s name changed to “Tech II”.

Earlier produced Tech II’s have the words “EDM.WA” engraved below the SOG logo on the knife. The oldest version have the words “S.M.CA” marked on the blade, and is one of the oldest SOGs that were produced. The last version to be produced did not have any wordings engraved below the ‘square SOG logo’. Leather sheaths with the earlier versions proceded the nylon and condura sheaths for the later produced knives. The Tech II is said to be the foundation for the ‘Seal 2000 Knife’, which retains certain features and designs of the Tech II.

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Blade Length: 7.25 in. x .250 in.
Overall length: 12.5 in.
Blade steel: 440A (Earlier versions feature SK-5 and AUS-8A)
Blade hardness: Rc. 57-58
Blade finish: Satin-finished
Weight: 14.5 oz.
Edge: Straight
Carry System: Black nylon sheath (Earlier versions have leather sheath)
Handle Material: Black Kraton handle
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Country of origin: Japan
Part #: S12


Rarity Details:

Last Known MSRP: $<.>
Production dates: 1990 – 2001
Production numbers: ?
Limited run?: No.
Other things of interest: Has brass guard. Older versions marked “EDM. WA” and “S.M. CA” are rarer.
Rarity index: 9/10 (10 being the most rare)

Rarity index scale (1 to 10, 10 being the most rare):
1 – Very common; easily available on ebay, google product search and almost every knife selling website. Spammed with at least 10+ listings on ebay.
3 – Has been around for at least 2 years and are selling reasonably well, with retailers favouring other newer models over this knife.
e0A5 – Knives that are on the borderline of being discontinued or have been discontinued for less than 6 months
6 – Products from 6 onwards are either discontinued or limited edition.
7 – Discontinued knives that pop up once every few months onkthe “For Sale” part of forums or on ebay. Still can be found at a few online shops though.
8 – Knives that need lots of researching to find. Not available anymore in online knife shops and pop up (if you’re lucky) >4 months for one at a time.
9 – Knives holding this rarity are the shadowy kind. You can’t find any information on them at all (not even from online knife shops that have not taken down that knife’s product page). If you see one for sale grab at all cost.
10 – The rarest of all knives. If you hadn’t been here you wouldn’t even have known that it existed. Should you have one of these you better lock it up in a triple-combination safe and treat it like a family heirloom..


Product Description:

Designed with the utmost utilization of modern technology, this innovative cutting machine features our rolled edge for premier implementation. Combining the finest carbon steel with scientific heat treating, this knife achieves a new pinnacle in high tech performance… hence the name SOG Tech. The fluid grind lines vividly express the superiority of the American bowie as the working man’s blade of choice in either cam or combat setting. The single brass guard allows the greatest degree of downward pressure to be applied during use. For total control we utilize an an ergonomically influenced aggressive Kraton® handle which completely encapsulates the knife’s full tang.




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