For a good chunk of time, I used the SOG SlimJim as my every day carry (EDC). Sadly, I gave it up due to ego and replaced it with the Benchmade Saddle Mountain Skinner. My ego didn’t stop there and quickly changed my EDC to the Bushcrafter. Here’s what it looked like in years:
Edel’s EDC by Year
2016: Saddle Mountain Skinner
As you can see, I didn’t carry the skinner long. It just seemed a little too much for an EDC. Also, I was afraid of the skinner. That gut hook is sharp. The Bushcrafter is a solid knife and keeps a great edge. While I would love to use the Bushcrafter as my EDC, I’m getting old and want to drop as much weight as I can. I can no longer roam around San Francisco with a 20 pound pack. The Bushcrafter weighs a good 7.72oz. I know we’re talking ounces but at this point every ounce counts. With that, I went back to my SlimJim. It weighs 2.4oz.
The SlimJim is the perfect EDC. It’s small and light. Sure, I was thinking of expanding my collection to add a Kershaw or a Zero Tolerance blade but I figured to go with old faithful.
SlimJim Specs by SOG
Our new technical assisted folding knife line, stands out by virtue of simplicity and minimalism. It doesn’t try to be the biggest or the loudest in the crowd. It is unobtrusive but always there when you need it. Constructed from a single piece of steel, SlimJim is just that, the slimmest assisted knife in the world. Start to open the blade, and let SOG Assisted Technology (S.A.T.) finish the action with a bang, using one of the surest assisted technologies out there. Tactile bumps and cutouts aid in control while all features are purposeful and functional. The patent-pending safety is used to insure the retention of the blade in the handle as well as acts as a double lock in the open position. The stealth carry clip is reversible.
SOG Assisted Technology (S.A.T.) works through the balance of opposing high-tension coil springs. As you initiate the opening action, the force propelling your blade open becomes greater than the force keeping it closed. The result is a blade that springs open instantly once it is engaged, seemingly on its own.
Overall, the locking mechanism has not failed me. The safety is a little strange but it works.