My Little Friend
SOG’s Kiku Makes For
A Great Daily Companion.
Meet my little friend Kiku. Don’t make the mistake of judging by its somewhat harmless sounding name. Once it opens up you’ll find it has a wicked attitude and an insatiable sweet tooth for cutting. Better to have it as your friend.
“Kiku” is actually Kiku Matsuda, a highly talented custom knifemaker from Japan known for making some of the finest—and most wicked—tactical knives on the planet. SOG Specialty Knives & Tools has teamed up with Kiku on two knife projects, the latest being a production folding knife bearing his name.
Very little of what Matsuda does is orthodox. The Kiku’s 3.5-inch AUS-8 black TiNi-coated blade is a hybrid blend of the Japanese tanto and traditional clip point with a heaping helping of fire-drenched Wasabi. The handle is of common liner-lock design, but the crocodilian green Linen Micarta scales are works of 3-dimensional art, their shapes complementing the blades aggressive posture. SOG offers the Kiku in large and small sizes, the latter (7.75 inches fully employed) shown here. Blade finishes can be had in the hardcase TiNi of our sample knife or in polished satin. And if you’re the type who likes to coordinate for success, large and small fixed-blade versions of the Kiku (10.76 and 9.76 inches in length respectively) are available as well.
SOG has produced many slick-looking knives over the years and the Kiku stacks up to any, thanks to Matsuda’s exemplary knack for design. The small Kiku in black TiNi will run you $145 suggested retail and the satin finished version 10 bucks less—very reasonable for a “little friend” with looks matched only by its ability to defend!
By Pat Covert
Maker: SOG Specialty Knives & Tools
6521 212th St SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Blade steel: AUS-8 stainless, titanium nitride coating
Overall length: 7.75 inches
Blade: 3.5 inches
Weight: 4.2 ounces
Handle: Linen Micarta
Carry: Pocket clip