SOG started off with one fixed blade survival knife. As the years have gone by, however, they have introduced some different fixed blade options, including the one that we’ll take a look at today – the SOG SEAL Pup. In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at all of the features of this formidable blade and help you to decide whether or not it is fit for your needs.
When it comes to survival situations, we don’t get to pick and choose when and where they will happen. The SEAL Pup is not overly large, and therefore wouldn’t be the first choice for cutting down a tree or splitting wood.
If, however, you are looking for a blade for self-defense, cutting rope, opening cans, or even using to cut your food, then this is the right knife for you. Since it is smaller in size, you can always be sure to have this one on hand too, making it the perfect backup knife.
While this knife measures about 9” in overall length, the blade itself is only 4.75” total. This makes it a bit small for a survival knife, but perfect for an everyday kind of knife that you put into your pack or on your belt all the time.
It is also, as you would suspect, a nice and light blade, weighing in at around 10 ounces. This makes it a joy to carry, which is essential. Let’s be honest; if a knife is too big and heavy, odds are you won’t have it with you when you need it the most.
This is a knife that your hands will love to hold! The grooves cut into the handle are textured and fit perfectly into your hand, whether you are wearing gloves or not. The handle and blade are also really nicely balanced, thanks to the full tang design. This will also help to keep the blade and handle from breaking since there are no hollow parts to the handle on this knife.
The sheath on SOG SEAL Pup is extremely well thought out. It allows you to attach it and carry the knife in any manner of ways. You can choose to place it on a belt, strap, or holster as you wish. You can even lash the knife down using the four eyelets if you want to.
It is made out of nylon, which should be stain and wear resistant. The retention strap (the strap that holds the knife in place) is also doubly secure since it attaches with a snap and Velcro. This will help to keep your knife in the sheath at all times.
While the SOG SEAL Pup is on the smaller side, it would be a fine addition to your survival gear. Since it is lightweight and easy to carry, it should be easy to make sure you keep it with you at all times. The sheath is of high quality and can be attached in many ways. This would be a perfect day hike or camp knife, since it is well suited to basic outdoor functions, such as cutting packages or rope, opening cans, self-defense, or cutting food.