SOG Knives Collectors' Review/Take:
Never before heard of in the history of SOG Specialty Knives, this mysterious tiger striped S1 version emerged on a post at knifeforums.com. The owner claimed that this was one of 10 "custom tigerstriped" knives produced of the flagship S1 bowie by SOG. However it seems authentic as a Certificate of Authenticity by SOG and Spenzer Franzer's signature can be found etched on the butt of the knife. Can be said to be a collectible piece as not many of these are seen around.
Blade Length: 6.25 in. x .280 in.
Overall length: 10.75 in.
Blade Steel: AUS-8 (blade), SK-5
(guard and butt)
Blade hardness: Rc. 60-61
Blade finish: Tigerstriped
Weight: 12.3 oz.
Carry System: Leather sheath w/Sharpening Stone
Handle Material: Epoxied Stacked Leather
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Country of origin: Japan
Part #: -unknown-
Last Known MSRP: NA
Production dates: 2005 only.
Production numbers: 10
Limited run?: Yes.
Other things of interest: Never heard of this one before. Comes with Spenzer's etched signature on knife and a Certificate of Authencity.
Rarity index: 10+/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:
What's in the box S1 Bowie with leather sheath Full view of the knife Tigerstripe coating detail
Overall view of the S1 knife SOG logo on S1 tigerstriped MACVSOG logo on the S1 Engravings
Right side of the blade Spenzer Frazer's sig Close up on signature