On to Day 19 of out 100 Knives in 100 Days Giveaway. To mark the occasion, we are giving away a SOG Escape FL to one lucky reader. To win, you much be registered with KnifeMagazine.com and leave a comment on our official contest link.
With those formalities out of the way, lest talk about the Escape FL.
In SOG’s words, the Escape FL is:
…a simple, honest knife with a SOG Sharp blade…
… a no-nonsense, all-metal construction, frame-lock folder, featuring thumb hole deployment, built on a proven SOG platform.
Escape FL is the perfect entry-level knife built to last.
And there isn’t really anything in that description I can disagree with. The Escape FL retails for $19.95, but it feels like a much more expensive EDC knife.
Stats (as reported by SOG):
Closed Length 4.25″
Product Weight: 5.30 oz
Blade Length: 3”
Blade Thickness: 0.11″
Product Family: Escape
Product Type: Folding Knife
Country of Origin: China
Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
Opening Mechanism: Thumb Hole
Belt Clip Type: Reversible Low-Carry
Edge Type: Straight
Blade Steel Type: 8Cr13MoV
Blade Shape: Sheepsfoot
Hardness: Rc. 58-60
Handle Material: Stainless Steel
Handle Color: Silver
As I said, the Escape FL feels much more substantial than your typical $20 knife. Part of that is the weight of the stainless handles, but is also present in the details like the deep carry clip and the ergonomic detailing. It locks up solidly, and other than a slight and perfectly acceptable (for the price) bit of grittiness to the pivot, I can find little to take issue with in this knife.
As far as ergonomics, the finger grooves line up well with my hand. I do notice the lock-bar under my index finger. It would cause a hot spot during extended use, but not during the sort of use most people put their EDC through on a daily basis. And ever were you to do so, the fact that the handles are steel ought to lend them to hold up better under stress than lighter weight alternatives.
I was not able to find an outside review of the Escape FL. Hopefully, we can get a review from the winner.
We would like to thank SOG again for providing us with 4 knives for our 100 Knives in 100 Days giveaway. We appreciate all the makers and companies whose generous contributions have helped make the launch of the new KnifeMagazine.com a success.