Over the last many years we’ve seen a steady increase in the popularity of assisted opening knives. Not all manufacturers have mastered the art of assisted folders with the right amount of assist being a delicate balance not easily achieved. Some knives fly open with an alarming thwack nearly leaping out of hand. Others reluctantly give up the blade with the speed of an arthritic elbow. SOG has been at this long enough to not just name their assisted technology (S.A.T), but perfect it. Although it steadily improves with use, SOG’s assisted knives open with confidence without too much, or too little spring-force.
New to the SOG line, and featuring their S.A.T. assisted opening technology is the ZOOM Mini Aluminum-Handle. For our review we selected the ZOOM with a satin 3.6 inch blade constructed of AUS-8 steel. That blade features a recurved drop point and is held securely in place with a plunge lock with secondary sliding safety. The black anodized aluminum handle gives the knife a surprising lightness and the thin profile makes it slip into any pocket with ease. The well defined scalloping of the handle, paired to deeply machined recesses, produces nice a solid feel in hand and adds to the refined aesthetics of the knife.