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    As we learned last month, had managed to give me a “home” where I could indulge myself with like minded individuals, if not specifically SAK info, then at least with the knowledge that there were other, very normal knife collector’s out there.  In this month’s installment we see how SOSAK got started, why it has such a lofty name and why it’s only visible to members.

    I was lucky enough recently to get a lightly used Wenger Spotlight from another SOSAK member (Thanks SwissMan) and I thought I would share my thoughts on it.  While it isn’t the brightest flashlight out there (not even close!) It is a pretty neat little knife in it’s own right!

    For those even remotely familiar with the knife and tool industry the mere mention of the SHOT or BLADE shows is enough to get one’s mouth watering!  These are the two big knife conventions where manufacturers can be expected to roll out all of the new goodies for the coming year, and the 2008 SHOT Show in Las Vegas is no different.  Very likely by the time you read this I will have arrived there for a very special purpose!

    There are certain models of knives and multitools that I have resigned myself to never having either because finding them is virtually impossible or they are fantastically expensive when they are found.  The Wenger PocketGrip with the needle nose is one of those.

    I recently found and won a very strange SAK on eBay- it looks like an old Soldier model with a rounded awl, which in itself would be interesting enough, but this one has some other, more fascinating features.

    Some time ago I looked at all the new products that Wenger has produced in the last couple of years, and how I really couldn’t see what was coming next.  Well, I was right about one thing- they aren’t riding on their past accomplishments one bit.  They are continuing to move forward, and in a very impressive fashion.

Wenger NA Marketing Manager Dennis Piretra and Wenger SA CEO Peter Hug flanking Yours Truly!

January 19th, 2008 was a red letter day for SOSAK as the first West Coast SOSAK Member meeting was held in Sacramento!  As you can see from these pictures, supplied by Tim Meeker and Tim Colling, it looks like it was a great time, and I am sorry I missed it!

L-R: Tim Colling (TColling), Mike Granborg (Mike22766), Bill Evans (Scibeer), Tom Meeker (Rotokid)

For sometime now I've thought about having a modder
build me a custom SAK.  It's not that I'm unhappy with
the stock SAKs, but part of me always thought it would
be nice to have a knife built just how I wanted it:
the exact tools that I would use regularly, and none
of the tools that I didn't want.  So always in the
back of my head I carried the idea of some day getting
a customized Swiss Army Knife.

    Last year some time I announced that there was a possibility we may have a group buy on Wenger SwissGrips, but little came from it after the initial announcement.  SOSAK members were interested, and rightly so, but for one reason or another, we kept hitting dead ends with it.  It was worth the wait though as the SwissGrip is now finally available to SOSAK members!

    It’s been a couple of months since my last article talking about Scibeer Mods, so I’d contacted Bill about getting another one done.  They are strangely addictive, so consider yourself warned!