SOG revolver knife/saw combo


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ChefJeff1
October 3, 2010, 05:51 PM
has anybody used one of these? good or Bad? I'm more interested in the saw feature for deer and elk.

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NOLAEMT
October 4, 2010, 12:29 AM
I got one last winter as a gift. It is pretty neat. I'll be honest, I haven't used it for much of anything yet, but it looks like it would work well for deer processing. (I have quite a knife collection and sometimes I think I may have more than I need :what:)

It locks up well, I don't feel like it would break under mild abuse, but I wouldn't use it as a crowbar either.

desidog
October 4, 2010, 05:29 PM
I haven't used the SOG, but similar items tend not to do either job as well as a dedicated tool. They also have more nooks and crannies for bits and fluid to get into.

waffentomas
October 7, 2010, 07:33 PM
I have this knife and have used it in the field. I'd have to agree with desidog, though: it's an adequate knife, but I'd rather carry dedicated blades. 440A is a decent steel, but I'd rather it be AUS8 or something with some vanadium in it. The saw is functional as a bone saw, but works a lot better on wood than a pelvis or sternum. The gut hook is too small, and the blade as well.

Since you can't have everything, I ended up buying the Kershaw Alaskan set. The steels are decent, albeit not AUS8 or 8Cr15MoV, but it's still made in China, as is the SOG (Americans don't make much anymore). Nevertheless, it has three dedicated blades: a skinner, a huge gut hook with a nice blade opposite, and a bone saw. It's bulkier than the SOG, but it's great to have when processing game in the field. I broke the saw the first time I used it, which ticked me off, but Kershaw replaced it no questions - they just sent me a new one. That was 2003, and I've been using it ever since.

If you are seriously tight for space in your pack or on your belt, the SOG will work, but you'll wish you had something like the Alaskan. Price of both are comparable. SOG would only qualify as a back-up, or a second blade to use with somebody coming to help me process my kill, who didn't have enough sense to pack a knife, saw, and gut hook of their own.

younggun619
October 7, 2010, 10:27 PM
I have the SOG Seal pup elite and I've used it mostly for fishing great for cutting lines in the dark and light camping but waffentomas is right because it is an AUS8 expect to sharpen that blade often if you use it a lot, i was a little disappointed when i chipped it trying to open up an office door, left my keys for that door at home, the plus side to it be a soft steal is it didn't take me long to fix that chip. After that i set out and forged my own knife for the soul purpose of having a heavy duty knife i can use when hunting, camping, skinning and prying open office doors haha

Pros:
Looks great
Easy to sharpen
Very Ergonomic
Very Light

Cons:
AUS8 very soft steal
Over prised
Kinda small
Wont open office doors without chipping><

22-rimfire
October 7, 2010, 11:22 PM
It is a far tougher knife than it appears. I have never used the gut hook but I have used the saw on wood (branches) clearing a quick shooting line. Great saw. I would not use the saw on bone in the field other than in a pinch. I have the predacessor to the current Chinese version. I like the leather sheath on mine and it is one of the better SOG sheaths I've gotten with their knives. Have not looked carefully at the sheath with the current version which is a much lower priced knife than the one I have.

In general, I carry another knife (slippie) for most field chores when it comes to deer hunting in addition to a fixed blade. I find the Revolver blade to be too large as opposed to what others have said. I'm most comfortable with about a 3" blade for hunting chores. Sometimes I carry a Spyderco Moran. Excellent moderately priced knife.

Another mentioned the Seal Pup Elite. That is my standard hiking/walk in the woods fixed blade along with a SAK. I like that knife a lot, but it is not one I would choose for hunting unless I was camping out and needed a more all around blade.

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