Our readers know that The Loadout Room writers are big fans of SOG Specialty Knives & Tools. We’re constantly using their knives, tomahawks and multi-tools in the field and reviewing their products. Many of us have carried their equipment while serving in the military as well. I was one of the few that had not. While speaking with SOG’s PR person, it became known that I carried a Leatherman tool while serving at 2nd Ranger Battalion. Let’s just say it didn’t take long after that conversation for a SOG Powerplay Multi-Tool to show up at my doorstep. Although the Leatherman served me well, it was growing a little long in the tooth and was in need of replacement anyhow.
Rich in features, the SOG Powerplay Multi-Tool remains compact enough to fit comfortably in your pocket. Fitted with a whopping 18 on board tools, this multi-tool also includes a 13 piece hex bit kit. The back side of the pliers incorporate a 1/4″ hex bit driver that magnetically holds any 1/4 driver bit. This feature alone pushes the SOG Powerplay well beyond what I’ve been accustomed to. Additionally, the various blades, drivers and openers that swing out of either handle securely lock in place. No more inadvertent tool closings resulting in an injured finger. Finally, the Powerplay includes a black nylon sheath that houses both the multi-tool as well as the hex bit kit.
I’ve never been a fan of blades with both serrated and unserrated portions. Fortunately, SOG was generous enough to offer both a traditional knife blade as well as a serrated blade. While digging through the multi-tool checking out the various drivers, I had to laugh when I came across a tiny flat head driver thinking I’d never in a million years need that. Fast forward 3 weeks and I’m fixing my son’s prescription glasses with that very tool. Go figure. I may never need it again but it was there when I did need it.