Reviewed 07/09/2011 by Maximo92f
-Price Paid: N/A
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 3 months
I bought this knife and two Benchmade Griptillians at the same time. I thought I would like this knife but I am a huge Benchmade fan so I gave them all a try. After weeks of back and forth I finally settled on the Visionary II as my EDC knife. The black coating SOG uses is superior to Benchmades, showing few marks under medium use. I settled with this knife over the two Griptillians for a few other reasons. It is thinner and sits deeper in the pocket, it is lighter ( by just a hair ) the blade opens as fast as an open assist blade and has a very refined feel when the blade is pushed out. The black coating in conjunction with the rust resistant VG-10 steel make this blade highly resistant to rust therefore very low maintenance. The lock up is nice and tight and from all accounts the Arc Lock is tremendously strong, very similar to Benchmades Axis lock ( These two locking systems are why I basically only buy SOG or Benchmade now). The handle is made of a Zytel type plastic with very thin liners and after two months of daily use including being dropped the handle shows no scratches or scuffs. One of my initial concerns was the handle, being thin and with few contours I was worried about it would feel in my large hand. IMO the Griptillian is more comfortable in the hand, and would be a better hard use knife, I found the Visionary II's grip to be surprisingly comfortable and very adequate for light to med EDC use. The VG-10 blade holds and edge very well and the curved blade is a cutting beast but is slightly more difficult to sharpen than a plain straight edge knife.
The drawbacks are, a slight, very slight, side to side wiggle in the blade during lockup, typical with a folder this thin, but not enough to cause any kind of concern. Another drawback is the position of the lanyard whole. With the bayonet style clip SOG uses there really is no alternative. I almost always use a lanyard and with SOG knives it can bind slightly when you try to clip the knife all the way down onto the pocket rim.
All in all the knife is a really great overall EDC knife, not really made for day in day out hard use but is more than worthy of getting you out of the occasional tough bind you might find yourself in. Very thin, very light weight, durable and has a tremendously refined feel in its action.