SOG Swedge Knives
I was at the magazine rack the other day when I saw in a knife magazine that Brent Beshara, elite soldier and knife designer (as well as a reader of this blog, I’m pleased to say) has designed a set of knives in collaboration with knife manufacturer SOG.
All 3 feature the innovative Besh Wedge geometry.
The SOG Swedge I is designed for icepick grip use, with the blade
facing outward. The Spyderco Pikal knife I wrote up earlier is designed for a reverse icepick grip, with the blade facing inward.
My preference is for the blade out. A blade outward design means that with upraised arms in the boxer’s guard, an attacker cuts himself as he attacks. When I trained with Master Ed Planas, we frequently used this grip
The curved blade of the SOG Sedge I means that the point is in alignment with a downward thrust. If you think about the forearm hinging downward at the elbow, a straight bladed knife tip is actually several inches ahead of the point of power, which is right underneath the bottom of the fist and aligned with the arc of the hand.
If you look at the photo above, if the wielder makes contact with the hand and point of the knife like this, the blade acts as a lever, exerting force to pry the knife out of the fist.
The SOG Swedge II (There is also a review at the link.) is designed for a saber grip.
The SOG Swedge III is essentially a bigger version of the Swedge II.
These knives are ideal for those who need both a utility knife (due to their fierce yet solid points) and a self-defense knife.