TESTED: SEAL Strike Knife

Want to feel like Rambo while tearing through tangled props? Try this knife on for size.
By Simon Murray,

My list doesn’t include much. Just slow walkers, Taylor Swift, telemarketers, and getting a prop tangled in a crab pot. Luckily, there’s an easy way to deal with these petty annoyances. (OK, just the last one; I’m not crazy.) The solution: a trusty knife that can bail me out in a pinch.

I’m not going to argue it: the SEAL Strike ($120) from SOG Knives—makers of tactical blades and gear—absolutely looks better suited for duty wedged between the teeth of a Navy SEAL than clipped onto a boater’s belt. But here’s the thing about overkill: It gets the job done, and usually gets it done right.

I brought the SEAL Strike on a recent cruise along the Connecticut coast, making sure to bring a solid line with me to test the fixed 4.9-inch blade’s partially serrated edge, and it cut through it like buttah. Cool. Did I feel like Rambo while doing it? Obviously.

With a slew of useful features on the sheath alone, including an intergrated linecutter with cover, a ferrocerium firestarter rod, and a sharpener, I was impressed by what I saw. The blade itself is powder coated to increase durability and rust resistance­—meaning it’s made to last, even in salt water. Fouled props? They’ve met their match.

VIDEO: See the SEAL Strike Knife in action during our test.

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