Well my next review is my SOG Specialty Knives E37 SEAL Pup Elite, Straight Edge, Satin that I purchased a while back. I have the knife along with the nylon sheath it came with. I also purchased the kydex sheath that was designed for use by the Special Forces. The story goes...a Navy Seal accidentally punctured his teams inflatable raft while trying to cut some rope and came up with the idea for this sheath. The sheath has a notch built in that allows for items like rope to be cut without having to unsheath the knife...clever idea. How true that story is...I have no idea...I'll report and you decide.
FROM SOG'S WEBSITE
SEAL Pup Elite (Straight Edge)
The SEAL Pup Elite is our high performance edition to the SEAL family of products. Sometimes... we just "have to have" more horsepower, the racing suspension, and every available option including sunroof. All kidding aside- the SEAL Pup Elite is serious business and carries on the tradition of supplying the worlds elite military forces.
Thicker steel stock (.185)
Satin Finish blade
Newly designed longer ergonomic handle with deeper finger grooves
Racy new blade shape with longer cutting edge
Added blade spine rasp for notching, filing, and thumb placement
Injection molded glass reinforced handle scored with grip line
SEAL Pup Elite (Straight Edge)
Blade Length 4.85"
Overall Length 9.5"
Weight 5.4 oz.
Steel AUS 8
Ok, so now that that is all out of the way let's get to what I think of the knife. I LIKE this knife...I do not LOVE this knife. The knife is very light which some people may love but I do not. I have a Gerber I will be reviewing shortly and I LOVE it. I love that knife because it has some girth to it and it weighted extremely nice in the hand. This knife is comfortable but when I am holding a survival knife I really want to feel like I am holding something built like a tank. The handle on the SOG is zytel which is strong and non-slip but I am not sure how it would hold up if you beat on it. Please don't get me wrong the things I dislike may be major draws for some folks.
The blade I definitely like...I am a plain (non-serrated) type guy. I also like blades that are satin and the normal steel color (minus any coatings). I know, I know reflections can get your into trouble but I am not looking to break in enemy HQ like some kind of Rambo. I just need a good knife to cut, slice, whittle, skin and whatever else. It holds a nice edge...a better edge in fact than my beloved Gerber. I have sharpened her a few times and bringing the edge back with my stone is no issue at all.
The top of the blade has this gimmicky rasp on it. I could see it being useful for notching or something but I have yet to use it.
I must admit the knife is "sexy"...it has good lines and looks like a real mans knife.
SOG makes several versions of this knife as well as their Seal Team and Seal Team Elie knives which are larger than the Seal Pup. They have models that have black blades and tiger-striped (which looks pretty cool) blades in serrated and non-serrated models. I personally like the plain vanilla knife I have over all that other stuff.
As far as the sheaths go...honestly I like the nylon sheath over the kydex sheath. The nylon sheath has a bit more protection for the knife and the handle. It also has a nice front pocket which is the perfect size to hold a small sharpening stone. The nylon sheath was really well thought out and is extremely functional and I wouldn't waste the money on the kydex sheath personally. Just becareful when you buy the knife you are clear which sheath you are getting because I have seen it sold with both of them depending on where you buy it.
Before I got my Gerber this was my main, go to fixed blade. The Gerber has since replaced it in that role. This is a good knife. It is well built, functions well, stays sharp and very reasonably priced. I would say it is worth a look for anyone who is looking for a reasonably good knife at a great price.
Many folks swear by SOG. They have a good reputation as far as making good knives at good prices. They also make a full line of multi-tools as well. Make your way of to SOG's site and see what they have to offer for yourself.
...that is all.
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