Gear [SHOT Show 2017] SOG Knives – The Year of the Multi-Tool Tom Marshall January 17, 2017 Join the Conversation According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2017 is the Year of The Rooster. (We’ll let the jokes write themselves…) According to SOG Knives, however, it is the Year of The Multi-Tool. SOG, traditionally known for their “bombproof” blades, has released a line of particularly innovative multi-tools. These tools look like they'll be pushing the boundaries of what we thought to be possible with some folding pliers and a few gadgets. SHOT Show 2017: SOG Knives – The Year of the Multi-Tool The first thing they showed us was their Baton line. The Baton line consists of four individual tools, all conforming to a linear design that leaves them looking like something between an over-sized tactical pen or an under-sized collapsible baton (hence the name). What end users get from this is all the functionality of a multi-tool without the same visual signature. This may be important to those who do good work in bad places around the world. Or for that matter to those who're tight on cargo space (think mountain bikers or ultra-light backpackers and the like). Then there are those who just want their pliers to look a little more sleek and stylish. The Baton tools, named Q1 through Q4, offer increasing capability for relatively little upsize. On the low end, the Q1 offers a working pen, a pair of scissors and a couple other add-ons. The “heavy” side of the spectrum, used only as a metaphor since any of the Baton tools could get lost in a cargo pocket, the Q4 comes with a separate rack of hex-head bits for use on the Q4s driver socket. Each one offers a little more utility, a couple more features, for an increase in size that needs to be measured with calipers to make any kind of difference. For those who are not worried about low-pro, there’s the Sync series. The Sync I and II, respectively, allow the chronic gadget-head to wear his multi-tool with pride in a novel and useful manner. The Sync tools are folding pliers—plus other tools—that clip into a small locking board for safe carriage. The locking board doubles as a belt buckle. Any standard leather, nylon, or bio-thane belt that accepts western-style buckles will receive the Sync without any heartache or basement modification. The Sync I and II are mostly similar, with the only major difference being the size of the tool/buckle itself. In both cases, the mounting bracket/buckle hold the folding tool tightly and securely. There’s no wobble, rattle or give from the Sync Multi-tool once it’s locked into place. Details on both the Baton and Sync lines are available on SOG’s website. Take a look, and see if one of these is the Goldilocks multi-tool you didn’t know you were waiting for. If you're at SHOT Show, you can visit them at booth #: 425. 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