The SOCOM Elite® Manual sets the standard for tactical/utility cutlery. Since the inception of the original SOCOM in 1996, it has been the pioneer for our entire folding knife line. Over the years, improvements have been made, making the SOCOM more adaptable to different environments. The manual or auto SOCOM has a unique handle shape that molds to your hand. You know you are buying the best tool on the market no matter which one-of-a-kind blade you choose.