SOBATA-398model # T-500
This simple, yet classy design serves as the ultimate every-day carry knife. The combination of the satin finished sintered titanium blade, and the blasted titanium handle creates a classic looking knife that will feel practically weightless in the hand. The single position titanium clip allows the knife to be conveniently attached to a belt loop or pocket for easy access. The modified sheepsfoot blade, along with the superb edge retention of the sintered titanium, has an excellent balance of form and function. The Sobata-398 is the perfect knife to take on long backpacking expeditions, to include in a tackle box for weekend fishing trips, or even just to be a centerpiece to an amazing collection!
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Completely trouble free Titanium. This is a backpacker’s dream knife. It’s so light that you hardly know it is there.
I have to say that I have owned quite a few great knives in my lifetime but this is one of my favorite. It has the durability of a heavier knife, the ability to hold an edge for a long period of time and it is very functional. I have spent much more for some of my other knives but this one, at this price is my daily favorite. Hats off to Vargo Outdoors on this lightweight but yet durable tool!
Excellent Quality-Very Lightweight-Extremely Sharp Blade Edge/first thing I cut was an Aluminum can in half: did not affect the blade edging at all.I was so impressed with the value of this knife I ordered another one a week apart from original knife purchase.I have some high end knives over the years and this knife is truly a bargain at its price compared to some knives I have that I paid 3-4 times more that do not have as good as quality and plus the titanium advantage.This is my opinion and my opinion only!!!!!!!!
The advertised weight for SOBATA 398 states 65 grams is inaccurate. Immediately upon receiving my knife I weighed it on a scale and it weighed 70.63 grams. Even the box it came in says 65 grams. While this minimal, Vargo being a maker of exceptional ultralight outdoor / camping equipment should have tighter weight standards for an expensive knife in this category. A similar Benchmade 940-1 Osborne Carbon Fiber with longer 3.40in blade weighs 68.35 grams and it's advertised weight is 69.17 grams. A much tighter tolerance which is even less than advertised. That said, this is a beautiful knife! My suggestions to Vargo for improvements are get the weight down to less than advertised weight of 65 grams (think of ounce counters and climbers). There are definitely areas were Vargo could be more creative at removing some weight. The cutout for the unlock latch should be made wider not only to remove more handle material to make lighter but also to better highlight the Vargo branding on knife when it is closed. And I don't see a point for the decorative screw on the unlock latch - remove it! This is supposed to be a functional ultralight piece. Its simplicity IS its strength. Why they didn't spend more attention here dumbfounds me. Realize I'm being overly picky on an exceptional knife but feel they should make it even better. Make it a legacy piece someone will be proud to still own 50 years from now.
The Sobata 398 is my new all-time favorite EDC knife. Is has a super minimal profile that maximizes on performance and has a really great aesthetic and feel. I was deliberating for a while on whether or not to buy it, and I'm so glad I did!
I used to collect knives and I have owned many.
The Sobata-398 is the sharpest blade I have ever seen.
It is sharper than my next sharpest blade which is a diamond blade.
It is the best edc knife I ever had and while it is expensive I think it is worth its price.
So far this knife is amazing! It cuts through everything like butter and is very light! It’s also super sleek and minimal. I can’t wait to test it and take it swimming with me in the Pacific Ocean! I’m also planning on adding either some tritium or some glow in the dark back spacers. I think either of those would be a cool idea for the next version;)
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