SOG Fusion Throwers | SOG Knives Review

The power of versatility and innovative design put SOG’s new Fulcrum and Spirit knives dead on target!

There is nothing like the sound of knife throwing. You either get a loud thump as the knife sticks into the target, or a musical note of mishap when the metal bounces off the target handle first. SOG’s new Fulcrum I, II and Spirit are sure to turn that “clang” into a “thump” every time.

I remember fondly an issue of TK, about 10 years ago, where Michael Janich described a small green book entitled, Knife Throwing: A Practical Guide. I became familiar with the book, met up with a group of knife throwers in my area, and learned some of the important techniques of knife throwing. I wish the group were still around, as I think they would have found the Fulcrum throwers to be interesting. Even more interesting is the new Spirit throwing tool. These new throwers gave me a chance to break in the freshly painted throwing rounds on the range in my backyard.

sogthrowerDesigned For Total Control
A “fulcrum” is defined as a support about which a lever turns. While there may not be a lever on the new throwing knives, SOG has incorporated an out-of-the-ordinary feature where you can adjust the balance point of the knife, yielding different results on the rotation during knife flight. For this article, we are going to focus on the standard 12-foot rotation. There are many different throwing styles, from half turns, to straight blade, and even underhand throws, but I’ll start with simple throws that work.

For the evaluation, I was given both a Fulcrum I, a 7.4-ounce, 9-1/2-inch blade and a Fulcrum II, a 12.4-ounce knife 12-1/4 inches in length. I’m a fan of throwing larger blades because they seem to have more control, so I initially threw the larger Fulcrum II the most. It would be good to point out that International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame rules state that your throwers have to be over 12 inches in length. If there are any problems with the weights on the end, you can simply just remove them. The SOG throwing knives function great without the weights, too. Both of the Fulcrum throwers have unsharpened false edges all the way to the point, so you can throw by the blade comfortably without the worry of cutting your hand open.

Built For Balance
The two throwers sport a unique balancing feature on the blades, giving the user the option of changing the weight distribution of the knives. Constructed of brass discs connected by a screw through the knives, these weights can be adjusted anywhere along the handle of the knife. The knobs are easily tightened by hand, and there is a large flathead screwdriver notch should the user want to tighten or loosen it more. I talked about how I like to throw bigger blades, but what happens when the small blade starts acting like its big brother? That is just what happened when throwing the Fulcrum I thrower with the balance is adjusted to the butt end. The rotation is much slower than when the weight was in the middle. I continued to modify the balance points on both throwers to see what kind of rotation they yielded, probably for more than a few hours, but I refused to look at my watch. Time and steel fly when you are having fun.

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