SOG SSD01 Demo Fixed 7.2" Black Plain and Serrated Double Edge Blade, Kraton Handles, Leather Sheath - SSD01-L


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The SSD01 SCUBA/DEMO fixed blade knife is the rarest of the Special Forces SOG knives in existence. In fact, only one original is known to exist today. Originally, 39 were made and 38 of these were delivered to the Naval Advisory Detachment for missions on the North Vietnamese coastline. They were issued to OPLAN 34 ALPHA in 1964 at which time 36 were lost in operations and two were never seen again. Using current manufacturing techniques, we are now able to create a spectacular reproduction of this ultra rare knife, with a modern twist.
  • Blade Length: 7.2" x 0.23"
  • Overall Length: 11.8"
  • Weight: 12.3 oz.
  • Edge: Straight/Serrated
  • Steel: AUS 8
  • HRC: 57-58
  • Handle: Kraton
  • Finish: Black
  • Sheath: Leather
  • Country of Origin: Taiwan

UPC Code: 729857995825

AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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4 out of 5
Dec 15, 2013
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Excellent survival knife
I have owned this knife for over a year and have taken it out with me quite a few times. I have used it to gut and skin a deer. Although not ideal for the task, it worked just fine. I have cut rope with the serrated edge, and was glad I didn't have to use the plain edge. That tends to dull a blade fast. Not as fast as cutting up cardboard boxes, but faster than I like. So I love the serrated top edge. I have used it in the rain and even in the snow. Everything I have used this knife for, it has worked great. One thing I haven't done is baton with it. Due to the serrated top this would be foolish. I don't process wood with a knife when I go camping anyway. I use a hatchet or just pick up dead wood. I don't feel that a knife should be treated this way, although I'm pretty sure that it would handle the job if it had to. I just consider batoning as knife abuse. I was taught that if you took care of your knife that it would take care of you. If you have to in an emergency, well so be It, but there are better tools to do this with. The shape of the knife and the history of the original, tells me that it was intended for combat. From taking out enemy personnel to cutting rope and vines one would find in and around the docks and coastal jungles. I haven't done any of that but I have no doubt that this knife could handle it well. Others have complained about the leather sheath. I think it is a great accessory. I much prefer leather over kydex or some other plastic type. The reason is because they are NOISY! The least little knock or bump or limb scratching the sheath will frighten game. Or since this was made for combat, the enemy. So God bless those knife makers who still offer a good leather sheath. The grip fits my hand perfectly and the checkering keeps it in place even when wet or bloody. It just feels good in the hand. I did have to tighten up the bushing at the end of the grip. But so far it has stayed tight. All in all, a wonderful knife.
5 out of 5
Nov 21, 2012
Pros: Materials, Overall Quality, Finish, Sheath/Scabbard, Weight, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, None
Heirloom Worthy Warrior
After a year and four months, I'm back for my follow up review. I'll get this out of the way: it has secured it's place as my favorite knife that I've ever used. The sheath, which I originally quipped about being leather and possibly too fragile (still would prefer a plastic or kydex sheath just for durability's sake), performs it's job admirably. The drainage hole does it's job, and I've never had a problem with the snaps for the blade or stone come undone. The stone, as well, is extremely good; it's all I've ever used for this knife, and it still keeps the out-of-the-box shaving sharp edge. (Note: While technically the entire blade is 7.2 inches in length, because of the large ricasso, only the first 6 inches from the tip are sharpened) The rear serrations are decent enough; I normaly prefer more saw-like teeth, but these do just fine as long as you have the sharpening rod for them. The weight is exceptional for a medium- large knife, allowing for good maneuverability and speed in hand (While this is my favorite "general use" knife, it is also my favorite fighting knife: it's reach, weight and sharpness make it superior to some other knives in it's class). The handle itself I was just a little disappointed in. While very comfortable to use, both dry/ wet and with gloves, after a few weekends of hard usage at my campsite (batoning wood, gutting/ skinning all check out good with this knife, btw), I noticed a slight rattle in the handle. It started as just noise, than advanced on to a tiny bit of movement. The SOG standard of using a custom, flush fitting nut to secure the handle to the tang of the blade was slowly and surely coming undone. I had to use a jury rigged set of allen wrenches to unscrew the nut, apply Lock-Tite, then re-tighten. There is still a tiny bit of noise, but since that day almost ten months ago, nothing more has become of it. The finish on the blade is astoundingly good, holding to it's still beautiful black sheen after all this time. Only in the last few weeks have I noticed any rusting on the uncoated sharpened part of the blade. However tiny of a spec it was, and however easy it was to remove, just thought I'd share it. IN SUMMARY, this knife, if I live long enough to do so, will be handed down to my son when I no longer need it. It has the potential and the capabilities to last that long and dish out plenty of damage between now and than. While expensive, you will never regret this purchase. Collectible because of it's historical significance (Vietnam, OPLAN 34 Alpha) and very usable because of it's excellent design and execution in performance.
5 out of 5
Mike P
Goose Creek, SC
Oct 31, 2011
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Very Nice, Rugged Blade-Oddly Familiar
This is my first SOG knife, I own many production, custom, prototypes and limited production. I appreciate a well made edged weapon. I already had some SOG tomahawks in my stable, along with some custom and limited production. This SOG Demo model is oddly familiar, in a good way, as it is very similar to my Randall model 16 Dive knife. It is a shame that the top of the SOG isn't also sharpened leading to the serrations, like my Randall, but it is a very nice, solid weapon. The only other improvement I could see would be if SOG either issued a waxed leather sheath like Randall, and/or offered a nylon sheath like Randall.
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