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There’s a lot to be said for combining older designs with new technology and materials. Many among us knife users just like the aesthetics of historic knife styles and when you throw modern materials into the equation, it makes the deal that much sweeter.

The new SOG Creed arrived at my door amidst a cloud of uncertain origin. The Creed’s blade design has been both hailed as a valiant Marine Force Recon warrior of the Vietnam War era, to a cheap, fictitious collector myth of the same period. For the record, the editor of Tactical Knives is of the strong opinion (of which I agree with) the original knife has no connection to Force Recon or any unit that served in Vietnam. Regardless of the origin of the Creed’s design, I wanted to test this aggressively styled fixed-blade for a different reason. I’ve used a kukri for clearing overgrown brush on some land over the years and have always been impressed with the top-heavy blade’s ability at chopping and bushwhacking. When I first set eyeballs on the SOG Creed, I was intrigued by the front-weighted blade design and wanted to see how the knife stacked up in the field. Would this resurrected blade design in modern-day form be able to perform?

Creed Basics
At just over 12 inches in length, the Creed is a large knife that mates the “Viet war” style blade design with SOG’s Tech Bowie handle. Many of SOG’s fixed-blade knives already have a traditionally styled dual-guard handle, so the combining of these two elements works very well visually. The Creed’s 7.5-inch blade is made of AUS-8 stainless steel and available in a satin or black TiNi finish. The Creed’s handle offers a better grip than the stacked leather handles of yesteryear thanks to the use of softer, checker-surfaced Kraton. Cosmetic white spacers give the handle a more historic look and a solid stainless steel butt cap with lanyard hole graces the bottom of the handle.
The hollow-ground clip-point blade is indeed distinctive. Where many field knives belly out at their widest around halfway the length of the blade, the Creed’s widest point is farther up the blade at about one-third the distance from the tip. At this point the blade is 1.5 inches wide and over half of that is in blade grind. The clip on the backside of the blade breaks at about three-fifths the way up and is ground on both sides for enhanced penetration. The blade is beefy due to its heavier fabrication using thick 1/4-inch steel. The Creed weighs in at a hefty 12.8 ounces.

One other distinctive feature of the blade is the so-called “blood groove” running vertically along the ricasso. Everything I’ve come across in years of reading suggests that these grooves serve no purpose short of lightening up the weight of a sword blade. In other words, they are cosmetic on a knife. I have seen fullered grooves used as an oversized long pull on folder blades over the years, and for this purpose they work quite well.

The Creed comes with a well-done black-stitched leather belt sheath with leather side spacers that allow for a nice fit without increased width. A diagonal strap snaps across the guard to keep the knife snug and secure during carry.

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