SOG has added an upgrade to their Terminus series of folding knives with the Terminus XR. This model features a carbon fiber/G-10 handle with an XR locking mechanism and a satin finished blade. The blade can be quickly deployed using ambidextrous thumb studs or a flipper opener. Item includes a reversible deep carry pocket clip.
Blade Steel is great and surprisingly corrosion-resistant. After a day of saltwater fishing, just a tiny bit of corrosion appears, but it is easily removed with a dish sponge. Much better than any other steel I have D2, Aus8, and stainless. Best fidget knife ever with the bar lock, super smooth, and plenty of ways to flick it open and closed. The only issues have been the pocket clip and spring broke, however, customer service sent new ones very quickly. Overall not a survival knife, but my favorite one by miles for everything else.
I have had this knife for over a year and I worked it to the bone. I carried it everywhere and I loved it. I could use it when I was wearing gloves (the flipper is easier than the thumb studs) and close it easily. The blade-shaped helps me as well, You have no idea how useful a swedge is until you are trying to open something that is supposed to come off, like food boxes or keyboard keys. I would recommend this to anyone that wants a bar lock knife.
This was the first XR lock I added to my collection and there will definitely be more. Great quality at a great price. This knife opens so quickly and smoothly in multiple ways. It can take on all of my EDC tasks without fail. Major fidget factor! Fun to use and you will find yourself opening and closing the knife just for the heck of it. There are two cons though; the aggressive jimping on the flipper tab and the billboard pocket clip. I don't really mind the branding but this clip shreds my pockets. Buy it, you'll love it!
This knife is crazy cool. Thumb stud, flipper, and the XR lock. I'm so impressed with what it has to offer. The scales are very grippy and middle ground premium. The blade steel is a dad gum dream, I have used it for numerous projects, cutting hoses, cutting through aluminum, cutting small drywall pieces. Love it. All I wanted and just a bit more flare! My only complaint is the flipper tab was a bit sharp, but that took a weeks worth of use to get rid of... Don't be babies
This is a great, great flipper knife with smooooth action and nice looking scales. Carbon fiber isn’t very grippy so the added cuts give the knife a nice texture. A tiny turn of the pivot screw and a couple of drops of knife oil turn this into a flippy little fidget knife. My only gripe is the knurling on the flipper tab is way too aggressive! It’s terrible! (Keeps me from giving it five stars) YouTube videos and reviews all complain about this issue...SOG, please fix this! You are onto something really great. Actually, this tab does not need any serrations at all! Now, back to the good.The knife looks great and works great and priced great. It should be in any collection. Contrary to some, I don’t even mind the SOG pocket clip. It’s no different that the Apple logo on my MacBook.
Pros: excellent XR lock, nice size both functionally and in the pocket, great steel, nice texturing channels in the CF outer, great value Cons: loud advertising clip, ditch the thumb studs and make it a solid blade - the flipper and XR release method are so beautiful to deploy, I appreciate the chamfering effort - but mine was nowhere near symmetrical - so it turned super classy into kinda classy
The good: - The knife opens quickly, smoothly and efficiently with the flipper or the thumb stud. - The knife blade is really nice and cuts well out of the box - The handle is grippy but not too grippy - The fitment of the liner and the scales is really nice and tight, pretty much coincident. The bad: - The knife really needs better deburr all around. The flipper will pretty much cut you and anything in your pocket. The scales are also a touch scarp so when you hold the knife in your had it digs into your palm. The thumb stud has some bad corners and the blade jimping is sharp. - The clip is a bit cheap feeling and deflects side to side. It's also not necessarily like the one in the photo above. Mine is a skinny black clip. - The clip rolls up and over the scale then secures back into the liner. This space on the top and allow your pocket to slightly roll over the top. When you try to pull the knife out it likes grab the top of the pocket and resist coming out.
This was the first crossbar (XR lock or Axis lock from Benchmade) that I've bought, and it's definitely turned me on to the style. Pros: 1) The flipping action is phenomenally smooth with the tab and and after a day or two of practice flipping it open with the lock tabs was just as easy. 2) Blade was sharp and good to go out of the box. 3) Good contouring of the handle, my hand just fits right where it needs to without any real hot spots. Cons: 1) The jimping on the flipper tab is very aggressive but a few minutes of filling takes care of that easy. 2) Given the thumb studs proximity on to the handle scales it is difficult to get adequate pressure to open the blade. With the other opening options available, it might have been better without them. 3) Questionable construction on the omega springs that the lock utilizes. Had the knife less than 5 months and not a lot of heavy use and had one break. In summary the blade is a very good one and given the S-35VN blade steel a good value. If you're wanting a crossbar lock for less than $100 it's a solid choice. Well until one of the springs breaks on you.
First of all, this knife is a great value. S35VN steel for only $85. However, the action on it is not the best. It's a little slow, and also I'm just not a fan of the XR lock. The blade is what makes this knife for me. Besides the good steel, the grind is a bit stout. Of the knives in my collection I think this one would be the best in "hard" conditions.
This knife may be good for fiddling with, but if you actually want to carry or use it, it’s a clear no from me. Even a little pocket dust bogs up the pivot and lock system, making it a real pain to open smoothly. Using it is a nightmare, especially if you have big hands. The design is simply poorly thought out; it seems like there’s nowhere to put any part of your hands while opening or closing the knife, so it always seems to get caught halfway, pinching your finger or worse. Other than that it’s a passable quality knife. Two stars for trying.
After 4 months of very light use, I have a broken spring. Disappointed. Pretty cool knife when it worked.
The clip is great, the handle feels pretty good, and its s35vn That being said for 85$ the flipper tab jimping should not be so bad that you cut yourself on it. That and on mine the XR lock feels pretty sloppy and yet also gritty. I carried it for a few months to see if it would get better but it's still awful.