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SOG Agency Knife (Photo: poor_fish - ebay)

SOG Knives Collectors' Review/Take:
Building on its success with Vietnam-era knives, this time SOG has brought in another classic Vietnam knife design. Termed as the 'Agency', the sleekness of this knife is reminescent of the SOG Recon Bowie, and some may say the Randall Model #1 knife too, a well as the Blackjack knife. Initial owners have complained that the Agency does not have a thickness as thick as the other SOG knives, but this does not seem to hampen the performance of this fine knife. It must be noted that the part at the guard may be fragile, as the knife itself is not very broad at that area. However, the Agency is a winner for SOG and a design that is refreshing to SOG's lineup of knives.

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Blade Length: 7.5 in. x .150 in.
Overall length: 12.675 in.
Blade Steel: AUS-8 Stainless Steel
Blade hardness: Rc. 57-58
Blade Finish: Satin or Hardcased Black TiNi
Weight: 9.6 oz.
Edge: Plain
Carry System: Leather sheath w/ sharpening stone
Handle Material: Epoxied leather washers
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Part #: AG-01 (Satin), AG-02 (Black TiNi)

Rarity Details:
Last Known MSRP: $215.00 (Satin), $245 (Black TiNi)
Estimate price now (2010): $117
Production dates: 2009 - present
Production numbers: Still running...
Limited run?: Yes, for first 1000 knives.
Other things of interest: First 1000 knives were numbered.
Rarity index: 1/10 (10 being the most rare)
Rarity index scale (1 to 10, 10 being the most rare):
1 - Very common; easily available on ebay, google product search and almost every knife selling website. Spammed with at least 10+ listings on ebay.
3 - Has been around for at least 2 years and are selling reasonably well, with retailers favouring other newer models over this knife.
5 - Knives that are on the borderline of being discontinued or have been discontinued for less than 6 months
6 - Products from 6 onwards are either discontinued or limited edition.
7 - Discontinued knives that pop up once every few months on the "For Sale" part of forums or on ebay. Still can be found at a few online shops though.
8 - Knives that need lots of researching to find. Not available anymore in online knife shops and pop up (if you're lucky) >4 months for one at a time.
9 - Knives holding this rarity are the shadowy kind. You can't find any information on them at all (not even from online knife shops that have not taken down that knife's product page). If you see one for sale grab at all cost.
10 - The rarest of all knives. If you hadn't been here you wouldn't even have known that it existed. Should you have one of these you better lock it up in a triple-combination safe and treat it like a family heirloom...
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Product Description:
The Agency follows a SOG tradition of recreating and modernizing historic classics. This unique knife was shrouded in secrecy and originally created for special CIA operatives in the early days of the Vietnam War. It was designed for clandestine and counter insurgency teams who lived in the jungle for months at a time and saw vicious close quarter combat. Never before reproduced, the beautiful flowing lines of blade and handle have been retained. We vastly improved the construction and quality with modern materials like flawless stain finish and epoxy filled leather washers that were unknown at that time. An exquisite design of the highest caliber, the SOG Agency captures the mystique of a positively unique fixed blade. First 1000 pieces are numbered collectibles.

Also available in Black Tini Finish.


SOG Agency, box, sheath, accessories (Photo: poor_fish - ebay)  
Box, sheath & Accessories
SOG Agency knife (Photo: poor_fish - ebay)  
Full view
SOG Agency, taiwan made engraving (Photo: poor_fish - ebay) 
Taiwan made engraving 
SOG Agency, full view serialised (Photo: sasu -
Shot in natural light
SOG Agency, serialised serial number engraved (Photo: sasu - 
SOG logo & model
SOG Agency in leather sheath (Photo:sasu -
In leather sheath
SOG Agency, leather handle and pommel butt view (Photo:sasu - 
Pommel view
SOG Agency, side view outdoors (Photo:johno - bladeforums) 
Outdoor Shot


Balance Point
SOG Agency, in hand shot grip in choil (Photo:mistwalker - bladeforums)
In hand grip, finger in choil
SOG Agency, in palm size reference (Photo:mistwalker - bladeforums)
Size reference in palm
SOG Agency slicing onions (Photo:mistwalker - bladeforums)
Slicing onions

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