Gear Review: SOG Folding Bladelight Knife - Backpacker

Gear Review: SOG Folding Bladelight Knife

This flashlight/knife combo from SOG allows for use at all times of day - or night.

“I often find myself chopping dinner ingredients after dark, so I loved this clever blade/light combo,” says one tester. The 3.9-inch, locking, stainless steel blade folds into a molded nylon handle, which sports six little LED lights nestled around the base of the blade. They emit about 35 lumens of clean white light—perfect for late-night garlic or cheese chopping, or shaving tinder for the fire.

Two AAA batteries inside the handle don’t add noticeable bulk, and testers appreciated the sure-grip, rubberized coating on the handle (though smaller-handed testers found the shape a bit awkward to hold). Grumble: In order to close the knife, you have to put your finger into the housing to unlock the blade. $85; 4.6 oz.;