This Flash II (FSA-8) has an AUS-8 stainless steel blade with a plain cutting edge and a satin finish. The lightweight black glass-reinforced nylon handle is durable and features a diamond non-slip texture.
The SOG Flash II represents super quality at an affordable price. Automatic knives not your thing? Try a spring assisted knife! As you push the thumb stud SOG's Spring Assisted Technology (S.A.T.) takes over and smoothly and quickly deploys the blade. The Flash II blade is easy to release from the open position with the sliding button on the handle that disengages the piston lock mechanism. Another great feature on the Flash II is the side mounted safety tab to prevent a misfire.
I love carrying both this knife and the Flash 1, love having a matching set. Very useful blade shape, great slicer. This thing opens pretty strong, so it is reliable. Great ergonomics, it basically melts in your hand.
I have had the green camo plain blade version of this with the bar style blade lock release since late 2005 or early 2006. I abuse it regularly and as long as you don't use it as a prybar or a screwdriver it will take about anything that you could expect during daily construction life. I love this and carried it 60% of the last 12yrs as my EDC. It's well used and will continue to be. Worth every penny, even bought a second one. (for a friend, mines fine!) Minimal play either direction but it never got worse even after years of hard use.
I own the Aluminum-handled serrated model. My main problems with this knife are the weight and the serrations, so this model would be much better for me. The knives can also have a small amount of play wth the blade when it's locked, I don't mind so much but it's worth noting for those who do. The knife deploys fast and has an excellent lock design (except for the play).
I've had this knife for a few years and it was my EDC. Came sharp right out of the box and the action fires quickly. Pocket clip often got caught on office chair arm rests but, while it bent easily, its pretty sturdy. not a fan of the handle ergos. Doesn't lock into my hand as well as my boker or my kershaw i carry now