SOG’s new Flashback claims to be one of the world’s fastest assisted-opening knves. How SOG measures this speed (peak blade tip speed at opening? Average opening time from fully closed to locked open?) is left to our imagination. How much is speed worth to you?
It doesn’t have to be worth an arm and a leg, since the new Flashback has a street price of about $75.00. That sliding lock button behind the pivot looks just a bit like a Benchmade Axis lock, but SOG’s presser describes it as a ‘piston lock’ which sounds completely different.
A fast assisted-opening mechanism sounds good to me, and so does a TiNi-coated AUS 8 blade and a reversible deep-carry pocket clip. For just $75, about the only fly in my ointment is the manual locking safety, which really shouldn’t be necessary on a well-designed assisted opener.
If the quality is anything like the SOG Seal Pup I’m testing right now, this could be a really cool knife. You’ll be the first to know if I get my hands on one.