SOG Vulcan I Arc-Lock Manual (Tanto Plain) VL-03

This model of the SOG Vulcan has a satin finished tanto blade and a black GRN handle.

The SOG Vulcan folding knife takes its name from the General Electric M61A1 Vulcan, which is a 6-barrel gatling gun that is commonly attached to a variety of different military fighter jets. Like the gatling gun, this knife is powerful and reliable in any situation. It features SOG's patented Arc-Lock mechanism, grippy GRN handle scales, and a reversible deep carry pocket clip. The integrated flipper tab and thumb studs, paired with the reversible pocket clip, enable the knife to be completely ambidextrous.

Item #BHQ-2975
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  • Overall Length: 8.375"
  • Blade Length: 3.50"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.16"
  • Blade Material: VG10
  • Hardness: 59-60 RC
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Finish: Satin
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.875"
  • Handle Material: FRN
  • Color: Black
  • Frame/Liner: Steel
  • Weight: 5.00 oz.
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type: Other
  • Brand: SOG
  • Model: Vulcan
  • Model Number: VL-03
  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry
  • Product Type: Knife

Customer Reviews

Great manual flipper, VL-03 is a manual w/ flipper
Clay M. on Nov 27, 2019

Beautiful, cool design, looks just as good in my hand as it did in the pics online. Well built also, blade lockup is great, no play. Handle is comfortable, fills my hand well, provides very secure grip on the knife, the checkering is done just right, not too rough. Zytel handle is smooth around the edges of the scales. I always like a blade with an upsweep on the spine for your thumb to press against. The flipper tang works fine. I love tantoes with a recurve to it. Pocket clip seems fine. I got the Sog laughing skull logo (large size) engraved on the blade & it looks great. You can just see the line showing the different layers of the San Mai steel just above the edge.

Owned for a decade
John C. on Aug 2, 2019

I carried this for years before it came up missing one day. I missed it enough to replace it with a new one, but the new one isn't as smooth as the one I lost. The decorative cut-outs in the blade are a bit sloppy where the old one was perfect. Could be a random fluke. Otherwise the materials are still the same high quality and the handle is firm in hand and isn't slipping anywhere. People continue to be impressed by it. It's a little heavy in the pocket and not well suited for sweat pants or gym shorts. Strong self defense option, but could be aggressive to whip out in an office to cut a stray thread.

A little rough around the edges
Stan W. on Jun 30, 2017

Got this knife today and first impression was that it was a little smaller than I expected. I love the blade shape and you can clearly see the dividing boundary of the San Mai edge which comes sharp & smooth. The action & lockup are tight from the factory but should loosen up. The fit is good but after handling the current ZT's, Kizers and the Kershaws in this price range, the overall finish is a little rough. Sharp unbroken machined edges and stamped internals instead of the water jet and EDM methods of the Trendy competition. It will definitely handle any task but is not going to win any beauty contest.

Anthony M. on Jan 28, 2018

Pros: Great slicer, strong tip, grippy scales, sold construction, smooth deployment. Cons: Not a big fan of the low detent, “spring assisted” flipper that still requires a wrist flick. No longer my edc but it’s aggressive aesthetic and solid construction makes it feel like a great tactical option.

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