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5.0 out of 5 stars
My Current EDC Folder, Nov. 3 2011
At $66.58 at Amazon Canada, this knife is an absolute steal. The build quality is what you'd expect from a higher-end SOG, with solid lockup and the easy to use Arc-Lock system. I also own the Spyderco Military, but find the length of this smaller SOG VS-02 more practical for EDC.
Finding a balance between size versus usability for certain applications is important here in Canada where knife carriers may have to explain to the authorities that the tactical folder in their pocket is "just an ordinary pocket knife for cutting string and opening envelopes - NOT a weapon". Unlike my larger and meaner looking Spyderco Military, it's unlikely that the SOG VS-02 would more than test the limits of a few law officers.
The clip is very strong and really secures the folder in your pocket safely, yet makes deployment fast and fumble-free. While the clip is reversible for lefties, it cannot be moved to the other end for those who prefer tip-down carry. The shiny black finish on it looks to be parkerized and seems durable enough. While I prefer the hole opening action of Spyderco knives, with a little practice the ambi thumb-studs on this one are easy enough for lightening fast one-handed blade deployment - even with my weak (left) hand.
I love the blade shape and the fact that it's nearly impossible to see in the darkness due to the completely flat powder-coat finish. While this finish type does tend to scratch up and wear with use, I find it gives the blade some character. It comes razor sharp from the factory as expected for a TFK in this price range.
I highly recommend the SOG Visionary II for Amazon Canada's price and suggest folks pre-order it now just in case Amazon raises the price before their next shipment of inventory arrives.