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Power-Assist Tool

SOG Assisted Technology propels blades out with one hand. Cut wire, mono, and flurocarbon precisely. Pinch barbs and shot. Blades lock. Compound leverage makes cutting easy and jaws powerful. 3 flat blades, needle-nose pliers, regular pliers, bottle opener, hard and standard wire cutters, crimper, Phillips screwdriver, file, and ruler. Smooth comfort grips. Comes with sheath.Open: 7⅛". Closed: 4½".
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Customer Reviews for Power-Assist Tool
Review 1 for Power-Assist Tool
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Very substantial tool,
January 20, 2012
By: colemanjan
"Serious multi function tool. Itv is however not really suited for mobility due to its weight."
Review 2 for Power-Assist Tool
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Well made but heavy.,
May 24, 2011
By: Rufus3
from Mohawk Valley
"This tool is nicely made but is fairly heavy and bulky. This is going to be the tool I carry in the truck.
The large needle-nose pliers and cutter is superb. The gearing gives you substantial mechanical advantage and is smooth and easy to operate. Between the handles are crimpers for electrical terminals and blasting caps. (I haven’t needed the latter since I got out of the army some 50 years ago but one never knows.)
There are two assisted-opening knife blades available when the tool is closed. The plain-edge blade is a drop-point, the serrated-edge blade, on the off-side, is a sheepsfoot. Both blades automatically lock in the open position. To open the blades you initiate the action with the thumb-stud. Once the blade moves a bit, the spring action takes over and the blade flicks open and locks. Closing the blade requires two hands. The blade must be unlocked then folded with the off-hand. The handles are designed to enclose the other tools rather than a convenient and comfortable grip when using the knife blades, for heavy or continuous use (as in whittling) I would use a knife with a more comfortable grip.
The blades are not ambidextrous. The main blade is essentially right-handed and can be opened withn the left hand only by holding the body in the right hand. The reverse is true for the serrated blade. Both blades are very sharp but I think the ease of use for power-assisted opening is overstated.
The other tools are only accessible from the completely opened tool and then only by opening a cover. The cover’s real purpose is to create a smooth, radiused grip for the pliers. The other tools are: a file (single-cut, double-cut, one safe edge and one cutting edge), medium screwdriver/bottle opener, #2 phillipshead screwdriver, large screwdriver, can-opener/small screwdriver, and a V-cut strap cutter. All of the secondary tools lock in the open position and are unlocked by pressing on a gang of flat blade-locks. The secondary tools are all nicely made – some of the best I’ve seen, in fact. The tools open smoothly but unlocking them is a bit stiff. Except for the smooth opening pliers, all of the operations are a bit stiff. Usage and a drop of lubricant will likely improve that condition.
This tool is assembled with torx bolts so the various secondary tools can be replaced. The tool space is fully populated so if you add one thing, another will have to be taken away. SOG lists a variety of other tools so it is quite possible to set it up to meet your specific needs.
There is also a loop for a thin lanyard or dummy cord.
The tool comes in a nicely made black Cordura pouch with a plastic belt clip for a belt up to 1-3/4” wide. The clip is narrow enough to fit on a MOLLE pack but flops around a bit.
Overall, this is a nicely made tool, suitable for the purpose I intended – that is, carry in a vehicle as a utility tool for minor repairs/emergency use. I would not recommend it for wilderness or back-country use. It lacks two items I have found useful in a wilderness setting, an awl and a saw blade and is, in my opinion, too heavy and bulky for such use."
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