SOG has some shiny new things coming out this spring that we thought you’d want to know about. These are new tools designed specifically for first responders and outdoor enthusiasts. For professional users, SOG says ParaShears is a “focused multi-tool designed for first responders and emergency personnel who require a reliable tool under the most demanding of rescue conditions.”For outdoor users, the company says the Kiky XR is a “rugged folding knife with a powerful styling that harkens to its Japanese DNA, for situations that require a quick-opening, super sharp knife.”
As SOG explains,
Made in collaboration with famed Japanese knifemaker Kiku Matsuda, it makes a subtle statement of strength wherever it’s carried. The high-utility blade cuts under virtually every condition, and the linen Micarta handle provides for a sure, secure grip. The ultra-strong XR locking mechanism, able to withstand up to 1,500 pounds of force, self-adjusts over the lifespan of the knife and the CTS-XHP steel blade offers a high degree of corrosion resistance as well as excellent edge retention.
Kiku XR retails for $189.95 and is available now from Sportsman’s Warehouse, Academy, Blade HQ, and will be available soon from Bass Pro. Kiku XR has also been picked up for international distribution into China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea and the UK.
The Kiku XR is available in two models.
Natural Linen Micarta
Whether you’re left or right-handed, the Kiku XR can be adjusted for your needs. It has an ambidextrous design reversible pocket clip. According to SOG, “The high-utility modified tanto blade cuts under virtually every condition, and the linen micarta handle provides for a sure, secure grip. Expertly blending form and function, the Kiku XR is a rugged solution for situations that require a quick opening, super sharp knife.”
ParaShears come complete with a mission-specific toolset that was requested by first responders, featuring 12 components, including robust shears, strap cutter, glass breaker, oxygen wrench and tweezers. Leveraging SOG’s proprietary Compound Leverage technology, ParaShears is able to cut through material easier and quicker than equivalent shears.
Measuring at 6.3 inches, and weighing in at 4.8 ounces, ParaShears is light and compact enough to wear on your daily kit in their nylon sheath. Made from autoclave compatible materials, there are two color options: black oxide with black handles, or polished stainless with red handles.
ParaShears are available in Red and Black.
This tool seems to be useful for all kinds of tasks. SOG says they sent a few to fishermen and they all loved them. SOG said, “ParaShears come complete with a mission-specific toolset that features 11 components, including shears, strap cutter, glass breaker, oxygen wrench and tweezers. Leveraging SOG’s proprietary Compound Leverage technology, ParaShears are able to cut through material easier and quicker than equivalent shears.”
Seriously, take a look at what they can cut through.
ParaShears retails at $74.95 and is available now from Sportsman’s Warehouse, Academy, West Marine, and Blade HQ. It will also be available soon from Bass Pro and Dick’s Sporting Goods. ParaShears are also set for international distribution into China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea and the UK.
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Based in Seattle, SOG takes its name to honor an elite Special Forces military group of the Vietnam era. SOG was founded in 1986 by Spencer Frazer. Working closely with end-users, utilizing a design process of study, observe, understand, apply and repeat, SOG strives to provide enhanced capabilities for human potential. Focused on professional, outdoor and daily users, SOG’s purpose is to make each generation of users the most confident and capable yet through a diverse range of situation-ready gear. SOG’s solutions span knives, multi-tools, illumination, packs and other gear.