Lynnwood, WA – Studies and Observations Group (SOG) kicks off its 2021 new product introductions with a pair of redefined folding knives, both of which push engineering boundaries previously unexplored by the 35-year-old company.
The new Kiku XR LTE and Terminus XR LTE combine SOG’s incredibly strong XR locking mechanism with carbon fiber liners that lighten each knives’ weight considerably. Designed for daily carry users, Terminus XR LTE checks in at just 2.2 ounces, more than 1/3 lighter than the popular Terminus XR. Kiku XR LTE, made to withstand the rigors of rugged outdoor work, comes in at 4.1 ounces, shedding 1.5 ounces in the Light Edition configuration.
“Our Terminus and Kiku designs are incredibly popular,” said Jonathan Wegner, SOG’s Vice President of Brand. “We knew we had an opportunity to push the designs on both of these knives. Having gathered feedback from our users we explored engineering solutions to make them as light as possible. We were able to lose some serious weight, but still retain strength.”
Kiku XR LTE utilizes CRYO CTS XHP, and Terminus XR LTE uses CRYO S35VN, both are steels with high wear resistance and long-lasting edge retention. Both knives share SOG’s fully ambidextrous XR locking mechanism that has consistently proven to deliver considerable and reliable lock-up strength.
With a blade length just over 3 inches, the muscular Kiku XR LTE ($249.95 MSRP) is available in two colorways: A blaze orange G10 handle or a blackout linen micarta.
With a redesigned handle geometry and pocket clip, the understated Terminus XR LTE ($139.95 MSRP) has a carbon fiber and G10 handle and comes in two color options: Carbon and gold blade of carbon and a graphite blade.
Building on momentum spurred by a wholesale brand relaunch in 2020, SOG’s new offerings are the culmination of insights and feedback provided by SOG’s cadre of subject matter experts, made up of professional, outdoor and everyday carry specialists. SOG applies a process of study, observe, understand, apply and repeat, that begins with a deep dive with users, before committing to any design solution.
“These two knives are just the start of what will be a string of newsworthy product announcements from us in 2021,” said Wegner. “We’re bringing out a new line of smartly designed packs and bags, and our fall releases include a slate of hard-use knives made for the most demanding professional users.”