Gear Review: SOG Tomcat 3.0
The SOG Tomcat 3.0 is the third generation of the award winning Tomcat series. The original Tomcat folder was released back in the 1980's and was met with widespread love. The newest version of this awesome knife resembles a bit of the original look but adds modern features and updated styling. The Tomcat 3.0 is a beast that anybody will love from the hardcore knife enthusiasts to the amateur knife consumer (like myself).
What makes the Tomcat worth the higher price tag? To start it's made in Japan, unlike some of SOG's budget knives. Additionally, the Tomcat 3.0 has what they call an "Arc-Lock" locking mechanism that is one of the best around. It's fast and durable as hell, and can be easily opened with either hand. What makes it even better is that it's been tested at over a thousand pounds of force, so you can be assured you won't be encountering any accidents when using this beast.
The knife has a VG-10 stainless steel, 3.75-inch blade. It's a workhorse with great corrosion resistance and can easily take and hold an edge. Unlike, the first version of the Tomcat, this blade features jimping on the spine for better control and thumb studs on both sides for easy opening with either hand. The handle sits and feels wonderful in the palm. The ballistic nylon sheath provides great grip as well durable protection for everyday use. The Tomcat 3.0 is a beautifully manufactured piece of SOG craftsmanship that is as durable as it is pretty.