SOG Knives Collectors' Review:
The SOG Seal Pup Elite can be said to be the most popular knife of all the SOG fixed blades made in Taiwan and has been a hit since its debut in 2005. With a blade length of 4.85" and a weight of 5.3oz, the Seal Pup Elite is a nifty knife for backpacking yet has enough tactical features to use as a self-defence tool. It comes with a MOLLE sheath or an optional kydex one, and its light weight makes it popular with the rifle-totting dudes deployed overseas.
Some question the use of AUS-8 steel for the Seal Pup Elite, but in order for it to be affordable,durable and easy to maintain, SOG chose this steel and created a winner this time, literally ('NTOA Tested and Approved, 2007'). Do note that the earlier versions (like the one pictured above) do not have the SOG 'split bullet logo' and has the product name in bold and biggish.
: 'NTOA Tested and Approved', Awarded 2007
Blade Length: 4.85 in. x .185 in.
Overall length: 9.5 in.
Blade steel: AUS-8
Blade hardness: Rc. 57-58
Blade finish: Satin finished or Black Hardcased TiNi or Tigerstriped
Weight: 5.3 oz.
Edge: Plain Edge or Partially serrated
Carry System: Nylon MOLLE sheath (kydex sheath option) (Older versions have Kydex "Groove" sheath provided)
Handle Material: Zytel
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Part #: E37 (Pln edge Satin), E37S (Pln edge Blk TiNi), E37T (Par. Serr. Blk TiNi), E37TS (Pln edge Tig. Strp)
Last Known MSRP: $105 (satin), $120 (Black TiNi), $140 (Tigerstripe)
Estimate price now (2009): $63
Production dates: 2005 - present
Production numbers: Still running...
Limited run?: No, except for the 2005 Special Editions.
Other things of interest: The 2005 Special Ed. knives have Spencer Frazer's initials and the words '2005 Special Edition' on the front ricasso. Older-styled tigerstriped knives are more difficult to find.
Rarity index: 1/10 (10 being the most rare)
Rarity index scale (1 to 10, 10 being the most rare):
1 - Very common; easily available on ebay, google product search and almost every knife selling website. Spammed with at least 10+ listings on ebay.
3 - Has been around for at least 2 years and are selling reasonably well, with retailers favouring other newer models over this knife.
5 - Knives that are on the borderline of being discontinued or have been discontinued for less than 6 months.
6 - Products from 6 onwards are either discontinued or limited edition.
7 - Discontinued knives that pop up once every few months on the "For Sale" part of forums or on ebay. Still can be found at a few online shops though.
8 - Knives that need lots of researching to find. Not available anymore in online knife shops and pop up (if you're lucky) >4 months for one at a time.
9 - Knives holding this rarity are the shadowy kind. You can't find any information on them at all (not even from online knife shops that have not taken down that knife's product page). If you see one for sale grab at all cost.
10 - The rarest of all knives. If you hadn't been here you wouldn't even have known that it existed. Should you have one of these you better lock it up in a triple-combination safe and treat it like a family heirloom..
Links to forums on this knife:
The SEAL Pup Elite is our high performance edition to the SEAL family of products. Sometimes... we just "have to have" more horsepower, the racing suspension, and every available option including sunroof. All kidding aside- the SEAL Pup Elite is serious business and carries on the tradition of supplying the worlds elite military forces.
Super charged performance for the elite in us all! Includes Nylon sheath.
- Thicker steel stock (.185)
- Hardcase Black TiNi blade
- Newly designed longer ergonomic handle with deeper finger grooves
- Racy new blade shape with longer cutting edge
- Added blade spine rasp for notching, filing, and thumb placement
- Injection molded glass reinforced handle scored with grip lines
SOG Seal Pup Elite Pictures:
Seal Pup vs Seal Pup Elite Seal series family shot Various Seal Pup Elite models Good wet wallpaper shot
Thumb on spine rasp Firesteel+Seal Pup Elite=fire Chopping with it Batoning - piece of cake!
Drilling a hole into wood Job done but still sharp! Shaving wood Point of balance
"Hammer" grip Nice finger grooves... In sheath w/ multitool Sheath on belt
Seal 2000 vs Seal Pup Elite Green tint? (old style knife) Satin finished Seal Pup Elite
Page last updated: Sunday, May 10, 2009 00:16:31 PDT