SOG displayed the brand new SOG Slim Jim assisted-open folding knives at SHOT Show 2012. Due to be in the market during the second quarter of the year, SOG claims the Slim Jim is the thinnest folder on the market.

The combination of bumps, cutouts and texture made this knife surprisingly easy to grip with confidence and the feel was sturdy and solid.

The Slim Jim offers a 3.18 inch blade while the larger Slim Jim XL sports a 4.18 inch blade.

The one thing that was a moderate turn off for us was the manual safety latch. It allows one to lock the blade closed, or provide an extra lock for the open position. It seemed somewhat finicky to us and we really don’t like a lock preventing the blade from opening when needed. The SOG representative indicated that there may be some enhancement to the lock mechanism prior to shipment.

SOG would neither confirm nor deny existence of the rumored SOG Origami knife, said to be even thinner than the Slim Jim.