SOG Knives Collectors' Review/Take:
This is one of the Special Edition models that SOG rolled out and showcased during the 'SHOT Show 2005'. Most people can't tell the difference between the Special Edition model and the regular production model while others may not even know that there was even a special edition. Here's how to tell: the special edition ones mostly have red and white washers (while some may have the normal black and white only). The limited and rare special production Gov-Tac's also have the signed Spenzer Frazer's initials and the words '2005 Special Edition' marked on the ricasso.
Most dealers conveniently use the picture of the Special Edition Gov-Tac to sell their regular production Gov-Tac because the red and white washers look more attractive - beware of those! Currently the Gov-Tac knives are being produced in Taiwan.
Blade Length: 6.1 in. x .200 in.
Overall length: 11.4 in.
Blade Steel: AUS-6
Blade hardness: Rc. 57-58
Blade finish: Bead-blasted or Black TiAlN coated
Weight: 9.6 oz.
Carry System: Kydex Sheath
Handle Material: Black Kraton handle
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Country of origin: Taiwan
Part #: S21T (TiNi coated) & S21B (Bead blasted)
Last Known MSRP: $175
Production dates: 2005
Production numbers: ?
Limited run?: Yes, produced to order twice a year.
Other things of interest: Has engraved "2005 Special edition" & Spenzer's Frazer's initials beside the guard.
Rarity index: 7.5/10 (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...
Links to forums on this knife:
The Gov-Tac transcends the competition with double precision ground grooves, thumb control ridges, and an extremely thick blade. Other features include:
- An instinctual new handle shape with bold diamond checkering and scored with grip lines
- Signature washer construction that has never before been accomplished with a molded Kraton rubber grip handle
- SOG´s low-reflexive Hardcased™ TiNi coating on blade, pommel, and crossguard
- A proven blade style that is robust with flat ground bevels and precision ground grooves
- Stainless steel sculpted crossguard and pommel (capable of being used as a field hammer)
- Weighted and balanced for perfect control
Right side of the Gov-Tac Engravings on the Gov-Tac ('05 Special Edition) Red and white washers
Whole view of the grey version Close up on blade Right view of Gov-Tac Close up on right side
Close up on engraving Grey washers of the Gov-Tac Special Ed