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Spec Elite I

Bead Blasted      Clip Point      Straight


"Just good enough" and "too fast" are not words in our vocabulary. Producing top-of-the-line products for professionals is what we do. The Spec Elite series is one go-to blade when things get serious.

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Blade details
Blade Shape [ Clip Point ]
Moves the tip closer to the center line for improved piercing-style cuts. Blade Shape
Blade Steel Type [ VG-10 ]
Premium Japanese stainless steel. Highest durability, wear and corrosion resistence.  Blade Steel Type
Handle details
Handle Material [ Glass-Reinforced Nylon ]
A strong glass fiber-reinforced nylon. Abrasion and impact-resistant. Blade Handle Material
Handle Color [ Black ]
Locking mechanism
Locking Mechanism [ Arc-Lock ]
Uses a pivotal block to lock the blade and is ambidextrious Blade Locking Mechanism
Edge type
Edge Type [ Straight ]
Single sharpened edge on the blade provides clean cuts and easy serviceability. Blade Edge Type

US   Metric

Overall Length 8.75" Closed Length 4.75"
Product Weight 4.30 oz Blade Length 4"
Blade Thickness 0.14" UPC 7-29857-99438-5
Product Type Folding Knife Country of Origin Japan
Locking Mechanism Arc-Lock Belt Clip Type Reversible
Engravable Yes Finish Bead Blasted
Edge Type Straight Blade Steel Type VG-10
Blade Shape Clip Point Handle Material Glass-Reinforced Nylon
Handle Color Black Hardness Rc. 59-60
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Like the Pentagon series, the Spec Elite series is designed as a backup and go-to tool for military and law enforcement personnel. Instead of a partially serrated spear point blade, the Spec Elite employs a clip point blade with a straight edge made in high quality VG-10 steel. Extremely lightweight, the Spec Elite features a hard anodized machined aluminum handle that provides sensational feel and balance. The strong Arc-Lock mechanism can hold over 1000 lbs. of force at the pivot. It can be carried conveniently with its reversible low-carry pocket clip.



    The Arc-LockTM

    With its ambidexterity - and all the other attributes knife enthusiasts so relentlessly seek - the Arc-Lock might just be the perfect lock.

    Tested at over 1000 lbs. of force (measured at the lock), far surpassing conventional lock strength.

    Lightning-quick, one-handed opening and closing capability.

    Spring-action securely retains blade closed, keeping fingers safely clear while unlocking.

    Self-adjusting over time and easily cleaned for long-term optimal performance.



    VG-10 is well-known high-end Japanese steel and is considered premium. It contains vanadium which is known for its toughness. The steel is specially designed for high-quality blades used in cutlery. VG-10 can be sharpened to a fine edge that is very durable. It can maintain a hardness of Rc 60 without becoming brittle.

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Customer Ratings & Reviews

Spec Elite I - Clam Pack is rated 4.9444 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Features and Durable I've had this knife for over a year and use it on the farm for everything from cutting straps and hay bales to digging in the dirt. It resharpens easily but also holds an edge. I especially like being able to open it with one hand with gloves on in the winter.
Date published: 2015-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tough knife for any use even if lost then found Spec elite was first SOG knife I bought. Sharp right out of the box. I used it on a regular basis. One time during xmas holidays I was hanging lights in the snow somehow lost it. I was so bumbed out I bought another one, the following year while hanging lights again I heard a noise and out of the hollies my first elite fell out other than some slight oxidation which cleaned up easy, it was in great shape. A whole year exposed to the elements still a useful tool. Since, I bought a mini elite ,2 tridents,and a xl which I gave as a gift. I never go any place with out one of them with me
Date published: 2015-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Hunting Sidekick I have owned this tool for the past year, purchasing it for a dependable knife on my upland game hunting trips. It has seen considerable use and looks like the day it was purchased. Good size and quality with a blade that holds it's edge. A light weight for all day carry in the field but up to any task I have thrown at it.
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Tactical Folder - Hands Down ! This is my 2nd Spec-Elite I....I trust this knife so much that I gave my Son-In-Law both my original Spec-Elite I & Spec-Elite II for his deployment to Afghanistan supporting SOF Teams .... that is about the highest KUDOs I can give any product. God Bless & Semper Fi! MGySgt Dean K....USMC (Ret)
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Everyday Carry! Bought this knife 7 years ago and have carried it my pocket everyday since. I love this knife. It was the first SOG I ever had and was the first one in my collection that has now grow to multiple different SOG knifes and tools.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Grip I've owned this spec-Elite I for 4 years. Still looks good and works great. Blade holds a good edge. My hands are a little big, so the grip is perfect. Don't go anywhere without it!
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A lot of pro's, and a couple of con's. If I, never use my SOG Spec Elite ever again it will have paid for itself 10 times over today. While unloading at a customer this morning I, noticed that a strip of tread had peeled off the tire on the rear axle of the trailer. So I, climbed under and started to try to pry it loose to no avail. Then I, remembered that I, have about a dozen knives in my pocket,* so I, grabbed the SOG and cut the tread in half. The whole job took about 5 minutes. *This may be a slight exaggeration. This knife is an EDC for fighting, heavy duty utility, and food prep. Usually I, will have this one, and a smaller blade for the light duty chores. The size, weight, and heavy duty construction is all very good on this knife. The clip was bent within a week or two after I, started carrying it, so I, removed it, straightened it, the sent it to a former girlfriend who wanted a clip for the Pentagon that I, gave her. The original clip was bent several times, and eventually just removed, and thrown away. Also the blade did show some rust speckling after only being in salt water for a few minutes. This is a very good heavy duty knife, and will be with me for a long time.
Date published: 2015-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from power house I carried this knife for about six (6) years for both daily carry and work. I have put it through the passes cutting things like PVC pipe, quarter inch thick cardboard roles, rubber belting reinforced with wire, even coping down smal trees. The knife held an edge better than any knife I have carried prior. the only drawback I had was the clip design. when clipped in my pocket the tip of the clip could snag putting stress and bending it. Finally after all these years it finally snapped off. I would definitely recommend this knife to anyone who needs a reliable blade that is easy to maneuver even with heavy winter gloves on.
Date published: 2015-03-05
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