Vietnam SOG Knives
Posted 09 March 2008 - 05:49 AM
Im as you know new to this great forum. I have seen that there are many different collecting areas here and that is wery interesting. So I wonder if there is any one that collect or has any original SOG knives from the Vietnam war era that you can show?
Sterile or presentation knives.
I hope to se some nice SOGīs. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif
This Fatguard is from my collection.
Thanks and best regards,
Posted 09 March 2008 - 08:49 AM
Thanks for the pics. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif
I have seen these before. The top one was sold at Ebay a while ago.
Im not that keen to the sheath, havnīt seen that one before (and its not in Tom Clintonīs book).
The left SOG (7" Recon) is from John Gibsonīs collection? Can be seen on page http://www.militaryf...ection.html#SOG
The 3rd SOG have I seen before but canīt remember where. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/think.gif
Is any of these yours Paul.
Posted 09 March 2008 - 09:46 AM
Just the one on the OD green poncho liner is mine, I have a few but thought Id show some that Ive pirated the photos from ebay, LOL
Yea I bought that one from Hardy, Ive got another that came from a grouping I'll see if I can find some pix
Posted 12 March 2008 - 06:54 PM
Lets get some feedback
Posted 19 March 2008 - 04:51 AM
Glad you liked my work.
Posted 25 March 2008 - 01:31 PM
Posted 25 March 2008 - 02:26 PM
Posted 25 March 2008 - 02:47 PM
Beleive it or not your only 9 from the top of the list. Allen That M3 was a killer gift thanks again
9th from the top???? Dangitman .... your buddy AG put me on top of his list the other day just cause I was a friend of yours LOL.
Your welcome for the M-3 ..... Momma always told me to share my toys.
Posted 28 March 2008 - 11:11 AM
Posted 03 April 2008 - 04:21 PM
Posted 03 April 2008 - 05:09 PM
There has been several articles done on these knives and books too.Frank Trzaska has done arcticles on them as well as Mike Siveys book and Tom Clinton put out a book on the Special Forces knives.
Im sure there are other forum members who can give you a better run down on the SOG knives.I hope this helps.Take care,
Edited by doyler, 03 April 2008 - 05:14 PM.
Posted 04 April 2008 - 03:11 AM
I will try to help throw some more light on the SOG knives allong with Doyler. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif
The SOG knives were made and issued to SOGs (Studies and Observation Group) clandestine and cross-border
recon teams (RT) and Spike teams (ST) for their across the fence missions.
The knives were made by CISO (counterinsurgency support office) stationed at Okinawa.
Founder of the knife was Conrad Ben Baker.
The longer model was the SOG 7" Recon and the shorter more common one is 6" SOG Bowie.
The 7" RECON, had made total of 1,308 knives.
The 6" SOG "Bowie" was made by many different makers and that is one of the reasons to why
the guards, spine patterns, ricassos, etc., can be different from knife to knife.
The hilt and pommel can be of aluminum, iron and brass that is the mainly used material.(if Iīv been told right)
The 6" SOG comes in 3 type of blades.
The blade was dark blued but some knives can be seen with the unique plum colored oxidation, and came about
because the dark blueing attained by some makers required a longer, hotter dip, which ruines blade temper.
Plum-colored blades were coincidental to manufacturer. Some knives were allso chromed and used for presentation.
There are 4 different type of leather sheaths.
In 1966 SOG ordered 1,200 sterile SOG knives.
In 1967 another 3,700 sterile SOG knives was ordered (numbered 1-3700).
1967 the 5th Special Forces Mess Association ordered 1,700 knives for presentation.
These were dilivered with Dark blued or Plum colored blade and engraves/etched with SF crest and wording,
5th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP (Abn) VIETNAM.
In 1972 50 SOG knives were ordered and sent to Joint Casualty Resolution Center in Thailand.
There allso exist a SCUBA/DEMO model knife, and there were 39 made.
Books and article about the SOG knife and photos an be found in:
-KNIVES OF THE U.S. SPECIAL FORCES, by Tom Clinton.
-KNIVES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY IN VIETNAM, by Mike Silvey.
-UNITED STATES MILITARY COLLECTORS GUIDE, by Gary Boyd and Mike Silvey.
-SPECIAL FORCES OF THE U.S. ARMY, by Ian Sutherland.
-MACV STUDIES AND OBSERVATION GROUP, Volume IV, by Harve Saal.
-in FIGHTING KNIVES Fall 1991, article by, Ben Baker.
I hope that there will be shown more SOG knives in this thread. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif
(Im allways interested in buying SOG knives, mint, used or abused all of interest)
Posted 11 April 2008 - 03:25 AM
I donīt really know if this question is right to post in this thread?
I got an original SOG presentation knife and the sheath is very hard in the leather. The knife was used after the Vietnam war during hunting trips, and was at one time lost in the woods by the hunting cabin and found again the year later. When found again it ended up in the garage and the sheath has become very dry and stiff, and
Im a little worried that it is going to dry up even more and crack.
My question is what can and should I use to save the sheath?
I will post the knife here soon
Best regards, M
Posted 11 April 2008 - 06:17 AM
Or " It's junk but as a favor I'll take it off your hands,what ya gotta have for it" LOL
Posted 11 April 2008 - 09:00 PM
Posted 03 February 2009 - 06:03 AM
I know there must be many collectors on this great forum that has a SOG laying some were,
Here is on of mine, bought from G. Ruleford.
Best regards,, Martin
Posted 22 February 2009 - 10:18 AM
Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:23 PM
Nice Fat Guard SOG your friend has http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif .
Type II Blade and Type II Sheath.
Thanks for posting.
Do you have a better photo of the ricasso? (red marked area) I just want too se if there are any markings or my eye is playing me a joke.
Best regards // Martin
( is it okey if I save your photo for my SOG knife "file"? Only for my private watching.)
Posted 22 February 2009 - 03:42 PM
I see what you mean about the apparent markings in the picture. I took these pictures back in AUG 05 but I dont think that there were any markings anywhere on the knife.
Ken is snow birding it in AridZona so I cant get a look at it or take more pictures till he gets back. I do have a shot where the flash lit that area. I will post that shot and a closeup of the area.
I also am posting a shot taken on his window sill somewhat different lighting than the ones I first posted. I wish I had flipped it around and took a shot of the other side in that light.
You are free to use the pictures any way that you want.
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