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#79677 - 12/10/06 08:40 PM SOG S-62
Simon Offline


Registered: 04/24/06
Posts: 398
Loc: Tennessee
Well, I've toted my new SOG S-62 Powerlock multitool in its leather sheath for well over a week at work and play as EDC. I thought it would be heavy, but the leather sheath design seems to counter that by it riding higher on my hip or waistline. It isn't lightweight, but it sure gets the job done when needed.

The hexbolt construction makes it user friendly. With the compound leverage that makes cutting through wire for me practically like snipping string and the locking tool components, SOG in my opinion has indeed come out with the best all around multitool for the money. The combo knife blade is only sharpened on one side but performs better (with hair-shaving action) than any multitool blade that I have ever seen. It whittles away at wood and just keeps going without needing resharpening. The patent-pending v-cutter works well and will cut a straight line through paper (at least now while it is new) just about as straight as scissors would. The double row toothed saw is awesome to use for little tasks. The awl has already come in real handy punching holes in things. With four screwdrivers, can opener, bottle opener, 3 sided file, the first foldable drive for 1/4" sockets, measuring scale, lanyard ring, needle nose pliers/gripper, wire cutters, crimper, I think this has any SAK beat out in my book. But to each his own. I still admittedly have to tote my RSK MkI along with it.

So, the SOG S-62 doesn't have a S30V blade and isn't made out of lighter titanium like some Leathermans, but overall the cost is about half as much, and overall in my opinion the design is better.
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#79678 - 12/11/06 04:33 AM Re: SOG S-62
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Registered: 11/27/06
Posts: 707
Loc: Alamogordo, NM
Simon,
I wanted a multi-tool for Christmas and began researchng back in November. I looked at the Leatherman's first (of course) and Walmart had some Gerbers nearby. Then I launched an Internet investigation into the tools. Notes, saved html pages, price comparisons, etc. Gerber was out because they're made in China I believe. Also, I believed Leatherman might be on the cut list because I thought they too were being made foreign. I have an old Leatherman that has "USA" cast right onto the pliers pivot pin, but with everyone going overseas, I thought they had too.

Then one day I'm at Lowe's and I see the SOG S-62 for $59 (I think it was). It was cheaper than the Wave and certainly cheaper than any S-62 I found on the internet. And.....Made in USA! I mean, these people aren;t even ashamed to put it on their packaging! ""Made in USA"" Now that's GUTSY!! Deal sealed. I bought it, gave it to my wife, and asked "Would it be allright if you put that under the tree for me?"

I'll have to wait until Christmas to see if the praise in your review is accurate <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
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#79679 - 12/11/06 05:28 AM Leatherman- made in usa
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Registered: 05/02/05
Posts: 138
Loc: Portland, OR, USA
Actually Leatherman is made in the USA. I agree on the Gerber tools, though- they just feel cheap in your hand.

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#79680 - 12/11/06 02:56 PM Re: SOG S-62
Simon Offline


Registered: 04/24/06
Posts: 398
Loc: Tennessee
Stretch,

That's exactly where I bought mine - Lowe's, and for the same price as you mention. Just remember, it isn't a lightweight multitool, it does have more heft than most, but it pays off in performance when you need it. The compound leverage design beats out Leatherman or Gerber period when it comes to the pliers. I (again) really like SOG's choice of components and the way they are laid out. I'm single, so I didn't have to wait for Santa to put it under the tree for me. <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

-Simon
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#79682 - 12/12/06 01:50 AM SOG S-62 is made in USA
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Registered: 04/24/06
Posts: 398
Loc: Tennessee
Not bashing Leatherman, I own some, but do they put the American flag on packaging? I can't remember when I last bought a Leatherman if there was or not. SOG does for the S-62 and it definitely catches the buyer's eye - MADE IN USA. As Stretch implied, that makes a bold, gutsy statement in this day and age.

SOG does have knives made in Japan and Taiwan though, but that does not detract from their quality. Hey, after all, who makes the US Navy SEALs official knife? SOG.
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#79683 - 12/12/06 08:34 PM Re: SOG S-62
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Registered: 06/01/05
Posts: 375
Loc: Ohio
Thanks for the tip on the SOG62 at Lowes. I've been wanting that one for a while and almost ordered on the internet several times. Just got back from Lowes and $59 is the best price I've seen anywhere. Plus didn't have to pay shipping. And it feels good to buy USA, so little is made here anymore.

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