Designed by Greg Thompson and Made in the USA by Benchmade. This is not a knife I would normally buy, but I did. Rather surprised, I liked it so much I bought another. Took a few photos of them and here’s the result.

The SOCP is described as:

The SOCP Knife is the optimal tool for self-defense, allows the user to maintain dexterity and manipulate other objects without putting down the knife. The specialized sheath design also integrates into gear and webbing while keeping a low profile. MOLLE compatible.


Fixed Blade in 440 C steel.

The bag is from Mystery Ranch.

The bipod is from Nord Arms.

Blade Length: 3.22″ (8.18cm)

Overall Length: 7.25″ (18.42cm)

The fleece is from Clawgear. Note the LaRue Tactical beer opener.

I bought my knifes from Equipt (Nordic). Pen i carbon fiber from Böker.

Note that there are two different blade types for the SOCP.

For more information on the knife please check:

The Morale Patches and the book above? They’re from Violent Little Machine Shop.


  • alex archuleta

    The plastic sheath is cooler than the blade.

  • valorius

    I don’t like the grip.

  • DrewN

    Eh, I have zero use for a dagger in my daily life anymore and I hate skeleton handles. Back when I carried such things I preferred the Boker A-F with the plastic handle. I carried one for years,never used it in anger and traded it to a new guy for a cool Khukhri. Which I also never used but was a great camp axe.

    • Phillip Cooper

      I carried a Khukri when I was in the Army. It was a bit tryhard and overkill.. until you needed something to cut trees down with.

      Still have it. You can buy them for $20, made by Nepalese. They’re great blades.

  • Jeffrey Smith

    That book… must have!

    • Marc

      Mine would be three feet thick.

      • carlcasino

        Library of Congress. Who ever said stupid could not be fixed?

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Damn, now that is some spotless gear.

    You could eat off that gear.

    • Oregon213

      Except he clearly doesn’t. Total misuse of a possible eating surface.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        The plates in my apartment arent that clean.

    • Bill

      Never trust anyone with clean gear – they haven’t done anything.

      It’s like wearing a new Carhartt jacket without first dragging it behind your truck for a couple miles to break it in.

  • EdgyTrumpet

    “I don’t believe in anything, I’m just here for the violence.”
    “Relax, this won’t hurt.”
    “People to kill”
    Whoever arranged those pictures was more edgy than the knife.

    • TheNotoriousIUD
    • Phillip Cooper

      More tryhard, more like.

    • The_Champ

      “I don’t believe in anything, I’m just here for the violence”. A patch like this will surely strengthen your case in a defensive shooting, and I’m sure it will make you lots of friends on a jury.

      • jonp

        You wear you Molle wandering around town? I’m sure that won’t ring any alarm bells with the jury either.

        • noob

          Wasn’t there a kid open carrying a garand and wearing a plate carrier with the plates in as he picked up trash in his suburban neighborhood? He wason the news a few years back iirc.

          • jonp

            Yeah, wasnt he protecting his neighborhood or something?

          • Spencer

            Yeah that was in Clark County Nevada (Las Vegas or Henderson). I’m too lazy to find the video right now.

          • John Cheek

            I think they are talking about the Skittles muncher in Fl. who was “Ground & Pounding” George Zimmerman.

      • Ark

        Prosecutor would literally do a dance at his desk when he sees that picture in the evidence.

    • noob

      People to kill with some kind of Tactical Kunai? I saw this tv show.

      • alex archuleta

        Man I love that show! Even bought the full series!

    • zardoz711

      I’m surprised he didn’t have one with “WRATH”
      and another with “Natural Selection”

  • Oregon213

    SOCP is a cool knife. They fit great on an external carrier too… until you’re agency head spots on and policy changes…

    Maybe the policy changes literally two days after you finally ponied up the cash for the dang dagger….

    Not bitter at all.

    Unrealted…. anyone want to buy a SOCP?

    • Drew Remington

      You could always just leave it on your kit. They’re pretty easy to hide behind mag pouches. I also don’t understand their thinking. This is strictly a defensive weapon for guys looking to create space. If you have to use this it’s because the person attacking you is is too close for you to use your primary, and you’re both now fighting over your secondary weapon. It’s very strange that they’re reluctant to let you stab someone, but shooting someone to death is fine.

      I think there are videos on YouTube as to how the knife is actually used. You could always use the video to educate them as to what this product is actually used for.

    • Knuckledragger

      Mine gets used for loading NIK tests. Not gonna filth up the good knife.

      • FulMetlJakit

        Thankfully. God forbid you should have to dirty that equipment that good people like me paid for, while you generate false positives to generate revenue for your masters. Keep up the good work, sheepf*cker.

  • codfilet

    Or…. You could get a Malco Duct Knife. Spear point, sharper than f###, strong enough to be hammered into sheet metal ductwork. Probably a whole lot cheaper than these knives, too.
    That said, my EDC knife for the last 10 years or so has been a Benchmade. I like good stuff,too.

  • Felix

    Totally unrelated but: would a shotgun shell shifter cap be tacky like a novelty or would anyone here buy one?

  • pun&gun

    For the price of the knife, that steel selection is horrible.

    • Michael Lubrecht

      You’re right! You’d expect 440C in the Chinese knockoff of that blade, except even they’d likely use 154CM or something better.

    • Bill

      I initially thought the same thing, but a dagger is a unitasker that, unless you lead an overly eventful life, never gets used more than once. For the exclusive purpose of poking holes in a person once or twice, the steel is OK albeit your point about the price is well taken.

      And 440C isn’t exactly bad, like AUS8 it just isn’t exactly sexy or the flavor of the month any more.

      • noob

        With 440C a good cryotemper treatment can result in wicked edge holding (“wicked” being used here in the technical sense, as three grades above “meh”)

    • Laserbait

      As it lives in the sheath for such a long time, I think 440C is a good choice for it’s anti corrosiveness. And not brittle brittle that you have to worry about it breaking if it does hit a bone and twists in a weird way.

      • pun&gun

        440C isn’t necessarily bad for the intended use of the knife (though there are many better options), but given that steel the price is too high.

  • Mattblum

    Nice knife. Doesn’t excite me. However, it obviously excites the author and that’s a good thing. Looks real good in the picture settings though.

    Also double edged knives are actually illegal in California. Something that I really don’t understand.

    • gusto

      twice as deadly!

    • GaryOlson

      Only politicians in CA are allowed to cut down people from both sides.

  • A.WChuck

    Most likely classified as a dirk or dagger in most jurisdictions. Have fun in court.

    440c is more than enough for Mr. Stabby. This is not a utility knife.

    • Bradley

      I can carry any knife concealed in ky with my permit. None are restricted at all if not concealed. I know this isn’t true in some areas, but there are plenty of us who don’t have to worry about it.

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        Must be nice. Oklahoma is getting better, but still has some quirks to work around.

        • Bradley

          Ky is a pretty good state for weapon laws. Other than ccw I don’t think there are any state restrictions that are more strict than federal. Part of the carry problem is wording. KY has a concealed deadly weapons permit. When I go to OH or WV they could technically arrest me for carrying my knife even though my permit is recognized because theirs is “concealed handgun. Not that I’ve ever heaRd of it being enforced, and WV doesn’t require a permit now so I need to check how the law reads.

    • john huscio

      I carry alot of sharp pointy things up here (michigan)… aren’t generally harassed over it (unless it’s big and conspicuous) unless they think your a drug dealer.

    • noob

      The false edge on the back of the blade might not be sharpened, which might get you out of trouble.

  • The ring “pommel” means that when you’re tired of using your boot lace as a machine gun, you can loop it around the ring and spin it around your head real fast to keep anyone from getting close enough to steal your Skittles! Also it lets you throw a knife far enough in a straight line that you’ll need a spotting scope to find it, and I cannot stress enough how enormously fun it is to bullseye a water bottle with a knife from like thirty yards away.

    • Jared A. Faber

      Unfortunately, now you can’t unscrew it and end someone rightly.

      • .45

        “Now they fight with the dagger…”

  • Phillip Cooper

    Nice fashion shoot. /sarc

    I bet the guy matches his shoes to his tac vest, too.

  • jonp

    Carried a dagger in my right Corcoran. Never had to use it but I liked that it was there.

  • john huscio

    The point of this knife was to create space for you to draw your pistol in a CQ situation or, failing that, as a last ditch weapon.

  • Joe Moore

    And now I have to buy one of these for work.

  • Spencerhut

    Is this news? I’ve had one for at least three years. Mine even came with a dull red training knife to play with. Lives on my plate carrier.

    • Laserbait

      No, it’s Picture Of The Day. You can always tell Picture Of The Day posts because they start with “POTD:”.

  • Hoplopfheil

    That is an impeccably well put together psychopath costume.

    But it won’t be Halloween for another 4 months.

  • Mystick

    Meh. Just…. meh.

  • Dw

    A modern day kunai, for the modern day ninja

  • Nicholas C

    I was told by a friend to not use knives like the SOCP because of the ring. It can be used against you. I don’t know much about knife fighting but he explained that the ring could cause your finger to be degloved.

    I’m not sure if this is like the issue with the SERPA paddle negligent discharge or just something he thought up and made it up cause it might happen.

    One cool thing is that the Scott E Vest Brad Thor Alpha Jacket has a special pocket in the left sleeve for the SOCP.

    • jonp

      Nothing against Brad Thor but why should I take my self defense clothing advice from an author and what makes him qualified to design anything like this? I don’t take my political advice from Ashley Judd.

    • vwVwwVwv

      Tell your friend he is right BUT watch this.

      A hundreds of years old martial knife art.
      you can use the ring like a brass knuckle
      and know always, knifes are for to feel
      and not for to show.

  • noob

    It only works if you are an extremely fast hedgehog

  • The Rambling Historian

    Holy tactical photos Batman. How much time did you take arranging the knife with a bunch of silly gear? Why not just tell us about the knife?

  • romney2011

    Lord, I agree, the photos sucked to hell and back. Article was pretty bad overall.

  • aevangel1

    Love my CRKT

  • Beachhawk

    I’m sorry, but I see no practical application for that knife. I doubt that it has much value as a weapon. It certainly has no value in the field. I have a 7 inch Mora and a 9 inch Becker that I can actually do work with and still use as a weapon if necessary.

  • RUKdnMe

    Well, guess if I see someone wearing one of those I’ll know what he’s thinking and will shoot his ass before he looks at me…