The Drop: SOG Ether FX Fixed Blade Knife

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Fixed-blade knives have one significant advantage over their folding cousins: without an opening mechanism, they’re always ready for you to get to work. Their size and relative weight usually relegate them to dedicated outdoors, hunting, and survival roles, but knives like the SOG Ether FX flip that script.

The SOG Ether FX is skeletonized to reduce its weight to 2.1oz compared to a traditional hunter’s knife with brass bolsters and wood inlays, which can weigh much more. Instead, it comes with removable G-10 handle scales. Gone is a traditional fixed camping knife’s standard bulky leather belt sheath. In its place is a modern Kydex sheath with a secure belt loop and compatibility with SOG’s Universal Mounting System, which lets you attach it to bags, packs, and other accessories.

At the heart of the SOG Ether FX is the full-tang CPM S35VN stainless steel blade. S35VN is a quality blade steel that gets sharp and remains sharp enough for confident everyday carry use. With an overall length of 7.1” and a blade length of 3.1”, it’s perfect for everyday carry when you prefer a knife you don’t have to fiddle with to use.

What we like: The skeletonized design of the SOG Ether FX and the secure Kydex sheath make this a stellar everyday carry option for anyone wanting to add a fixed-blade knife to their ensemble.

What to watch out for: The bright orange G-10 handle scales make this knife easy to find in your bag or pack. The scales are removable if the orange aesthetic does not work for you. You can then wrap the handle with the material of your choice or leave it bare to save even more weight.

Final verdict: Smartly designed knives like the SOG Ether FX make carrying a fixed-blade knife easier, even when you’re not a regular outdoors person.

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