The story of SOG’s inception began in Vietnam, where members of a highly classified US special ops unit carried a unique combat knife into the jungle on covert missions.
This special unit was known as MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group) and its existence was once wholeheartedly denied by the US Government!
Consequently, SOG has created the Creed Fixed Blade Knife as part of their “outdoor” line of fixed blade knives.
This knife features overall length of 12 1/8 inches; a clip point blade that measures 7 1/2” inches in length and is made from 1/4” thick, AUS-8 stainless steel hardened to 57-58 Rockwell ; stainless steel quillions, a handle made from molded Kraton with a checkered surface and finger grooves, a stainless steel butt cap with a lanyard hole and, it is supplied with a heavy-duty leather sheath.
While I happen to really like SOG knives, it seems to me that their main focus is on tactical knives. However, they do have a few designs like the “Creed” that would actually serve well as dedicated survival knives.
While the blade of this knife somewhat resembles that of a Persian Scimitar, it is actually rather difficult to classify because, while the SOG web site calls it a clip point but, it is technically a tailing point because the point is positioned above the spine. Yet it also exhibits a distinct clip with a false edge.
Regardless of how you classify it, however, this is one blade design that really works!
With a 7 ½” blade made of AUS-8 stainless steel which is available with or without a hard black titanium nitride finish, the weight forward design of this blade is well configured for light to medium chopping tasks. The straight edge combined with the long “sweep” and the shallow “belly” are perfect for carving, slicing and splitting as well as for removing the hide from harvested game animals.
In addition the deep hollow grind enables the user to put an extremely sharp edge on this knife and with a Rockwell Hardness of 57-58, the AUS-8 steel will hold an edge very well without chipping because it contains 0.70% to 0.75% Carbon, 13 to 14.5% Chromium, 0.10% to 0.30% Molybdenum (bonds with the Chromium during forging to form hard, double carbide, to improve the abrasion and corrosion resistance of the steel) and 0.10% to 0.26% Vanadium (produces a fine grain structure in the steel which enables the edge to be sharpened to a very keen edge).
Consequently like the others in our detailed review guide, this steel is an excellent choice for a dedicated survival knife because it is highly corrosion resistant and it will hold an edge well. In addition, although I don’t care for the double quillions (as I would prefer only one,) I do appreciate the fact that they too are made from stainless steel.
The checkered surface and the finger grooves on the Kraton handle provide the user with a positive grip. Kraton is impervious to absorbing moisture as well as chipping, cracking, or splitting. This handle material also provides the user’s hand with a bit of shock absorption whenever the knife is used for chopping.
Consequently, like all SOG knives, the “Creed” is a very well designed and strongly built knife that is constructed from an excellent choice of materials for the intended purpose. Also, due to its design and construction, the SOG Creed would make an excellent choice for a dedicated outdoor survival knife.