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SOG Trident: A Budget-Friendly Tactical Knife

Jeffery Martin has been an armed Security Officer for ten years and a Personal Protection Officer for almost three.


Before recent changes in leadership, our Security Department had to travel to San Antonio a couple of times a year for training.

On one such trip, my former partner and I stopped at a Wally World, and hit the hunting section.

I was in the market for an AR-15, and thought they might have a good deal.

They did not; however, they DID have several interesting knives on display.

The one that caught my eye the most was the SOG Trident.

I asked to take a look at it, and the man behind the counter was more than happy to oblige.


The first thing I noticed, as I took the knife from him, was how light the thing was.

I had owned a few other “tacticool” knives, and they were usually relatively heavy.

The Trident felt like a feather compared to them; weighing in at only 3.6 oz.

The closed length of the knife is 4.75 inches. When opened, the overall length is 8.5 inches.

The handles are made of Zytel, a nylon resin, and feature Digi-Grip; which is a kind of digital looking patter, designed to make the handles slip-resistant.


There is a slot cut into the back of the handle, known as the Groove; that shows a portion of the blade. This is to aid in cutting cord and/or seat belts.

The blade is 3.75 inches long, .12 inches thick, and opens in a flash, thanks to SOG Assisted Technology.

The blade itself comes in several variations. My Trident is a half serrated clip-point.

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You can also get one that is fine-edged-only; or you can get a Tanto version, in both half serrated and fine-edged-only versions.

Upon opening; the blade locks firmly in place, and releases easily, with SOG’s Arc-Actuator.

There is a safety lock, near the Groove, that visibly indicates if the blade is locked closed.

If the blade is unlocked you will see red in the small window containing the lock’s on/off switch.


The biggest selling point for this knife, for me, is the pocket clip.

The SOG Trident comes with a reversible pocket clip; for both right AND left-hand carry.

As a “southpaw” this is a big deal for me, as I have received several knives that never get carried, because the pocket clip is on the wrong side.

I decided that I NEEDED the Trident in my life, and for only $60, who was I to pass it up?

I carried it for several years, as my duty knife, before replacing it with a Flash II; also made by SOG.

The Flash II is now my duty tactical knife, and the Trident is my off-duty tactical knife.

If you are a lefty, or are just in the market for a light-weight, yet heavy-duty tactical knife; I invite you to take a look at the SOG Trident.

I have been very happy with mine.

There is an Amazon link below if you would like to pick up one for yourself. They are also carried by several major sporting goods retailers.


For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Where was the oldest known pocket knife found?
    • Rome, Italy
    • Hallstatt, Austria
    • Zapopan, Mexico
    • Khabarovsk, Russia

Answer Key

  1. Hallstatt, Austria

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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