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Thursday, 27 October 2016 13:18

New Tools from SOG

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SOG logo 6 7 06With all of the excitement currently centering (no pun intended) around the Gerber Center-Drive you may have missed that SOG has begun hinting about some new cool stuff they will be releasing soon.

 Not that they are letting the cat out of the bag mind you, but after last year's PowerPlay and Reactor multitools were introduced, SOG seems to have decided it was time to really put some effort into their multitool division.  I don't know if that trend is likely to continue, but SOG does seem to be leading us in that direction.

What I would like to see is SOG sticking to what they know and do well, and that means more tools with interchangeable components and more use of their compound leverage.  Their revamping of the SwitchPlier into the Switchplier 2.0 was a fascinating move and has opened up two possibilities, the first being a frame on which a new series can be built (SwitchPlier Mechanic, SwitchPlier Outdoorsman, SwitchPlier EDC, SwitchPlier Fisherman etc) with minimal cost or effort.  The second possibility is that SOG may be looking more closely at other old designs, and we may be looking at the possibility of more updates or reissues like we did with the CrossCut or the very short lived Second Generation Micro Tool Clip.  I would love to see a new, updated full sized Tool Clip, especially seeing how few fixed plier head tools theer are available these days.

SOG has had some brilliant ideas in the past, and when it comes to a heavy duty, virtually indestructable folding plier tool that is user serviceable, you simply cannot beat the PowerLock, either the original or the 2.0, aand I am really hoping that SOG channels that into the new models.  However, like Gerber is doing, they need to look at bringing tool production back to the US, or start pushing for more/better quality control in the overseas factories, because their great designs are being let down by some less than stellar manufacturing.  I am not saying it is bad or that there are any flaws, just that they don't have that "made by a craftsman" feel to them the way many other tools these days do.

That about sums it up for now- I will keep in touch with SOG and report any news as soon as I have it, but for now it is fun to speculate on what they may or may not do.  If you have any thoughts to add, feel free to post in our forum- that's what it's there for after all! 

Grant Lamontagne

As the founder of Multitool.org Grant has been a collector of Swiss Army Knives and multitools for over 25 years, and a user for over 40 years. 

With a day job working in the field, either out in the woods or on industrial sites, Grant uses tools every day for all manner of different purposes.

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