Not quite kerambit, not quite straight edge.
The 2.5 inch sheepsfoot blade stows securely in the kydex sheath – which touts the ability to change the carry angle of it with a simple hex key.
You can switch the side the clip is on, to carry it left or right, IWB (inside the waistband) or OWB (outside the waistband).
You may even carry the SOG Gambit Fixed-Blade Knife horizontally, behind the back, or secure it to MOLLE webbing.
First impressions of this knife were positive. It locks securely into place, the belt clip is very solid – so solid in fact I clip it onto my pants, and not onto my belt, further aiding the conceal factor of this item. The sheepsfoot blade is made of 7CR17MOV steel, and is definitely 100% secure in the sheath, which locks it in with what seems to be like spring-loaded ball bearings. In addition, the product only weighs a scant 2.8oz. It’s one solid piece of steel with glass reinforced nylon inserts, and of course, a finger hole.
As far as the use of this knife – SOG claims it to be self-defense, outdoor, or agricultural (some cultures use kerambit looking knives for harvest). Personally, I mainly see this as a self-defense implement with ancillary uses in outdoor applications. Since you can deploy it quickly, I imagine it can be used to cut cordage if you are climbing or on a boat, and need to cut a line fast – but don’t need the bulk of a larger fixed blade. The lack of a sharp point (in the traditional sense, you can still puncture with it) also makes it a tad safer for these applications.
I’d recommend the SOG Specialty Gambit Fixed-Blade Knife more for Every Day Carry (EDC), as a backup weapon, as it will be locked into your hand with the finger hole, and give you the ability to maintain defensive posture and slash, yet still keep control of the tool. It also conceals very well, as I mentioned, if you carry it at 9 or 3 o’clock, and is quickly deployed. The clip, as I also mentioned, stays locked onto just pants, so you don’t need a belt to carry this, and the finger hole and nylon inserts allow for a positive grip every time.
So if you are wanting to know how to use this blade – it’s a great little product for EDC or limited outdoor uses.
Lightweight, highly concealable, full tang, great hand purchase
Not many, blade is a bit small and not as aggressively curved as a standard kerambit.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alex Castiglione lives in Atlanta, and is an avid outdoorsman and competitive shooter.
His where-abouts include getting after it in his garage gym, practicing martial arts, hitting the trails, or running CrossFit and Strongman competitions for his non-profit, Barbells for Bullies, which holds fundraiser fitness competitions dedicated to aiding Bully breed rescues, dog rescues, or other non-profits with similar missions.