Prototype 2nd Model (white spacer) Fat Guard SOG Knife. This is one of three samples provided by Yogi Shokai to Conrad “Ben” Baker who held the position of Deputy Director, US Army Counter Insurgency Support Office (CISO), 1963- 1975. The examples were provided for quality assurance prior to mass manufacture.
The knife measures 10 ¾ inches overall, leather washer handle with bright white spacers, brass cross guard and pommel cap. The six inch blade has a nice deep bluing with a couple very light scratches. The black leather scabbard is well matched, very pliable, two tone stone but is missing some paint from the stone pouch button.
I acquired the piece in April 2016 as part of a larger collection from Conrad “Ben” Baker. The item will come with a picture of the veteran holding the piece when I purchased it. This knife will be featured in my upcoming book on SOG knives.