The SOG SEAL 2000 is a 7" bladed fixed blade knife with a rubber handle that was designed for the grueling US Navy SEAL knife trials in 1992. The knife was manufactured from 1995 to 2007 for SOG by Kinryu of Seki Japan. Knives such as these and many of the SOG models produced prior to the shift of production from Seki, Japan to Taiwan are the best knives SOG made.
The knife needed to accompany a Navy SEAL must be just as worthy. The US Government's knife evaluation program included incredible tests that evaluated the following: tip breaking strength, blade toughness, sharpness and edge retention, handle twist-off limits, two-week saltwater immersions, gasoline and acetylene torch, chopping, hammering, prying, penetration performance, cutting ability for six different types of rope and nylon line, low noise and low reflection factors, intense hands-on training in the field.
Knife comes with a kydex sheath design also called the skin diver sheath because it has a cord cutting groove in the sheath to utilize the blade edge without removing the knife from the sheath. The sheath can also be directly attached to a belt without removing it by means of a gate (see photo). I could imagine Navy Seals find advantages with this sheath design.
Knife and sheath appear NOS but they did not come in a box. Judge for yourself.
SOG Seal Team 2000; Seki, Japan Skin Diver Kydex Sheath
"Information taken from: SOG Knife Collectors website:
- Blade Length: 7 in. x .250 in.
- Overall length: 12.25 in.
- Blade steel: AUS-6
- Blade hardness: Rc. 56-57
- Blade finish: Powder coated
- Weight: 12.6 oz.
- Edge: Partially serrated
- Carry System: kydex sheath
- Handle Material: Zytel