Per SOGs website: “Aegis (ee-jis), which in Greek means shield or protection, is also the code name for the world’s premier integrated air defense system and the sea-based element of the United States Ballistic Missile Defense System.” I’m not sure what all of that has to do with a small pocket knife, but it sounds pretty tacti-cool.
Looking for the perfect EDC blade can be a challenge as there are just so many blades on the market to choose from. I’m a fan of SOG ever since I bought my first SOG Twitch II. Even though the Twitch is more of a utility blade and not a defensive knife, I just fell in love with the it due to its construction, design and high quality. The Aegis mini however, is definitely not a utility blade – mainly due to the actual blade design. While the two knives are made of different materials, both use SOGs surest assisted technologies (S.A.T.) and are part of SOGs line of fully integrated, top end spring system assisted knives. The blade on the Aegis opens so effortlessly and smooth you’d think it was a much higher prices knife. You can pick up the knife online from about $60-$80 depending on the store or website. It’s worth the price in my honest opinion.
One of my favorite features on the Aegis is the deep carry bayonet reversible pocket clip. I like knives that sit deep in the pocket and aren’t overly obvious to the casual viewer. The knife also has a built in safety with red/ready to go, checkered DigiGrip GRN handles, and rubber inserts all contribute to make Aegis a platform for today’s changing world.
I’ve been carrying the Aegis mini everyday for the last few months and I must say it’s a top quality knife. One thing that stuck out to me immediately was the drop point blade made of AUS-8 steel. AUS-8 (8A) is comparable to 440B with a carbon content close to 0.75%. AUS-8 is often used instead of 440C. SOG knives uses AUS-8 extensively. Considering the drop point blade design and the somewhat softer steel, I would not consider this a utility knife. I see it being more practical as a small personal defense blade. Now the blade is pretty skinny, at only 0.1″ thick….but it cuts very well. Like I said, AUS-8 is a soft steel, so a lot of use (i.e. cutting cardboard or paper for example) will dull it pretty fast, however it will sharpen easily.
Probably the biggest selling point for me of any knife is the weight. One of the most impressive things about the Aegis Mini is it weighs in at a very lean 2oz. You can barely feel it in your pocket.
If you’re interested in the knife and want to learn more about it, check out SOGs Aegis Mini user guide here or visit the SOG Aegis product page at http://www.sogknives.com/aegis-mini.html.
[Rating: 1 through 5 Stars] = Overall Rating: ★★★★
- Overall Length: 7.10″
- Blade Length: 3.00″
- Blade Thickness: 0.13″
- Blade Material: AUS-8
- Hardness: 57-58 RC
- Blade Style: Drop Point
- Blade Grind: Flat
- Blade Finish: Satin
- Edge Type: Plain Handle
- Length: 4.10″
- Handle Material: Glass Reinforced Nylon (GRN)
- Handle Color: Black
- Frame Material: Stainless Steel
- Weight: 2.00 oz.
- Knife Type: Spring Assisted
- Opener: Thumb Stud
- Lock Type: Plunge Lock
- Brand: SOG Model: AE-21
- Best Use: Everyday Carry
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