SOG Announces New for 2018 Knives

SOG 2018 Knives

It is the day before we kick off our SHOT Show 2018 Knives Live Newsfeed and SOG has announced seven new products. The suite of tools caters to a variety of different uses.

In 2017, SOG reimagined the multitool with the award-winning Baton series and brought out a line of US-made knives. The company acknowledges this year’s offerings are more incremental than 2017’s major releases. “There’s no question that four brand-new knives and three multi-tools represent a tighter product launch for SOG in 2018 than what we’ve seen in recent years,” says the company’s Matt Crawford.

But he tells us the knives perform an essential function, targeting key areas and filling gaps in the SOG lineup. “There’re still some neat specialty knives that we’re coming out with.” Each new product brings something a little different to the table, and the lineup as a whole pushes value and budget-friendliness, with only one product priced over $100.

SOG-Tac California Special
The California Special caters to legal requirements for an automatic knife in the Golden State. Thus we see a 1.9-inch AUS-8 blade that fires out with a button, just like the standard SOG-Tac. “The SOG-TAC California auto is essentially a specialty build – filling a void in the automatic knife market,” Crawford says.

SOG-Tac California Special

Flare
SOG’s Flare is a mid-size assisted-opener with an 8Cr13MoV clip point blade. It also comes with a deep-carry pocket clip and a safety toggle for those interested.

SOG Flare

Keytron
With an MSRP under $30 the new Keytron falls squarely into impulse buy territory. It is a keychain knife with a bottle opener built into its lock back mechanism. “I think the Keytron will be very popular with retailers with its price point and practicality,” Crawford says.

SOG Keytron


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Ace
Designed as an all-purpose outdoors knife, the Ace channels the same classic SOG clip blade shape as the Flare. It comes with a plastic sheath that includes SOG’s Groove cutout, which safely exposes a small portion of the edge when the knife is stowed away for cord cutting tasks.

SOG Ace

PowerAccess Deluxe
This year, SOG beefed up the PowerAccess for this new deluxe version, which packs in additional functionality over its predecessor. “The 20-tool Deluxe is, in a word, beastly,” says Crawford. “A 2.75-inch straight blade and a 12-piece hex bit and ¼” driver help make it the entire package.”

PowerLitre and PowerPint
Two more multitools round out the 2018 offerings. “The PowerLitre offers a tool many have been asking about for years – a corkscrew,” Crawford explains. Its companion, the PowerPint, swaps the corkscrew for a 3-sided file and a fully serrated blade. Both feature the Compound Leverage plier design for extra power and come in at affordable sub-$70 prices


Knife featured in image: SOG Flare

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