I bought myself the SOG Knives Trident Mini after being without my Flash II for about a year. I had broken the blade on my Flash II and thought all was lost; however, my father suggested I emailed SOG and see if they would replace it. I doubted it, but sure enough. SOG replaced the knife – no questions asked. Because my dad suggested the brilliant idea, he also laid claim to the knife as his now. He’s quite clever.
I went on using some other folders I own, like the Kershaw Blur and Camillus Blaze. But they didn’t quite perform like my SOG. So, I finally just pulled the trigger on a Mini Trident, a knife I’ve wanted for quite some time.
Right from the box, the first thing I felt was how light this knife is! I immediately knew this would be my new day hike/overnight pocket knife. It’s only 2.25 oz! I thought the Flash II was the lightest you cold go at 3.10 oz, but this one clearly flies past that bench mark.
SOG has really nailed down their manufacturing process when it comes to making mass-produced knives that still maintain a lot of features and quality. You really can’t name another company out there that produces this level of knife in the $40-$60 price point.
This specific model of Trident, TF-21, has a 3.15″ partially serrated blade. It comes in their TiNi coating, which is a highly durable matte black finish. I have a few other cheap knifes that have an epoxy black coating, which you could pretty much scratch off with your fingernail. This coating feels like it’s the real color of the AUS-8 blade steel. The clip point shape of the blade reminds me a lot of the lines and profile of the Seal Pup Elite.
The handle is SOG’s beloved Zytel polymer. It’s light, it’s hard, and it has some unique grip profiling. I’m not a big fan of the digital-like fade of the diamond pattern, but it doesn’t effect grip at all. The handle itself, about 4 inches long, fits my hand very well. I have fairly small hands, and am between a small and medium in glove size. From a few other reviews, I’ve read that this knife is perfect for those with smaller hands or do not need a big pocket knife. I am both.
In the handle are also SOG’s patented Arc-Actuator, with locks the blade confidently open after flicking it. It’s a very easy but positive motion to release the lock, better than the slide on earlier Flash’s. I love SOG’s assisted opener mechanism, as it’s well-balanced within the knife itself. I’ve never felt like their open speed is too slow or too fast, as companies often increase open speed and force. I hate knives that feel like they could fling themselves out of my hand upon opening. Also, the knife has, what most people either hate or love, the safety lock. I love it. I’ve dropped knives enough to know that most assisted folders open upon impact. I keep my Fenix PD-30 in the same pocket as my knife, along with my keys, so the knife accidentally comes along when I try to remove one of those. The lock not only prevents the blade from damage, but also your toes.
The blade also has a seat belt or strap cutter which I don’t really see the benefit of, nor would I ever try to test. If the blade is serrated, you don’t really a seat belt cutter. But whatever, it saves on weight.
Also, the blade has quite a thin spine, which I prefer over beefier designs. I found that the Kershaw
Blur is woefully too thick to slice well, but is a very, very strong blade. This Trident seems the opposite, which isn’t a bad thing. I just need a small knife that will stay sharp and do the job.
In The Field
Clip points and drop points are, in my humble opinion, the best knives for everyday use. That’s not to be confused with what appears least aggressive, best for defense, or bush craft. They work the best for what most people use knives for, opening up Amazon orders. ;) A nice clip point allows for finer point control and still allows a long cutting edge. I can dig out splinters with it, open packages, cut straps, cords, and whittle sticks when I’m bored.
Cryo treated AUS-8 steel is brittle but holds an edge very well. It’s not meant for prying so don’t even try it (ask me how I know). It comes out of the box shave sharp and after 3 weeks of daily use, it’s still holding an edge. I didn’t expect anything less.
All in all, I dig the Trident Mini. A lot. It’s my new EDC until I break it, lose it, or my dad somehow lays claim to it again. End o’ story.