SOG KIKU XR – The Knife That Changed My Perspective on Carry Knives

SOG KIKU XR - The Knife That Changed My Perspective on Carry Knives


Like I said before, I’m not really disciplined about carrying a knife and I don’t really pay that much attention to them, but the SOG KIKU XR Knife changed that for me, and here’s why.

I wish I could give a highly technical review about this knife but I don’t know enough about knives to do that. I just know what I like and what I don’t, and I really like this knife.

Here are the 2 Versions of the KIKU XR Knife:

SOG KIKU XR – Blackout

I’ll be honest, if saw the SOG KIKU XR laying in the dirt I’d think it was a fossil before I thought it was a knife.

The handle looks like SOG raided a Dinosaur museum and turned the shells of the sea turtle fossils into a knife. I’m not usually a fan of this type of prehistoric aesthetic but in the case of the SOG KIKU XR, it just works.

The shape and the lines of the handle subtly call out to you, “Hold me, grab me, touch me, squeeze me" especially in black!

Even the blade has a visually appealing shape to it, but it’s the compound grind lines on the blade that make it look really sexy.

The blade is made of CTS XHP steel which means the blade has a high hardness, highly effective at resisting corrosion, and will hold its edge. I haven’t used it enough to see deterioration on the edge, but I’ve used this knife more than any of my other knives so I’m sure I’ll learn how well it maintains its edge.

That being said, every person I’ve shown this knife to comments on how good it looks. Even people who aren’t even into knives.

There’s an elegant ruggedness about this knife that allows it to play double duty as a dedicated outdoor knife and an everyday carry city knife of sorts. It’s not a small knife by any stretch of the imagination, it’s more of a goldie locks knife.

Small enough to carry every day, but big enough to handle the rigors of the wild. At least what I consider wild. It’s just right.

For a knife of this size, the ergonomics are great. The texture and the shape of the knife allow me to get a really confident grip of the knife where it almost feels like it’s a full-sized knife. This makes cutting, slashing, stabbing, and slicing a cakewalk for a knife this size.

I thought the way the SOG Ultra XR opened and closed was satisfying. That knife feels like sandpaper compared to how smooth the SOG Kiku XR opens and closes. However, the thumbhole leaves a little to be desired.

It’s passable but it’s not as fluid use as using the XR lock and the Kick assist. I’m also not a fan of the clip. Functionally it works great, but I’m not a fan of the looks.

I think it cheapens the look of the knife ever so slightly. It’s by no means a deal-breaker for me but I can’t help but think there’s a better option for a clip that has the same functional quality while having a better form.

Other than that, this knife has grown on me like that one night stand that turned into your wife or husband.

It’s definitely heavier than the SOG Ultra XR, but in the real world, I really don’t notice the weight. It’s more robust than it is heavy and the profile of the knife doesn’t take up too much space in my pocket.

I still prefer to carry the SOG Ultra XR on a daily basis, but once I leave the confines of the city and go into nature, the SOG KIKU XR as it stands right now will be my go-to knife.

As I said, I’m not a Knife Guy and I have other knives that I like, but they’re more form than function.

The SOG KIKU XR on the other hand marries the two in such a way that it caused me to develop an appreciation for knives in a manner that I never thought I would.

Here are the 2 Versions of the KIKU XR Knife:

SOG KIKU XR – Blackout


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