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SOG Seal Team Elite Survival Knife – Review

The SOG Seal Team Elite is a bada$$-looking knife that just makes me want to play with it like a schoolboy and fidget spinner (yes, they were popular in 2017 and 2018 okay!?).  It’s a survival knife made by an iconic knife brand in Seattle, WA and it’s designed with undertones of “Bowie” in its design.  Let’s unpack this beauty and see what it has to offer.  I’ll tell you a bit about the company, the features of the knife and what verified owners of the knife have to say about it!


SOG is a leading manufacturer of high-quality survival knives and was started around 1986. The original developer based the original knife’s design on the knives used by a special operations unit of the US military, MACV-SOG (actually stands for “Military Assistance Command Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group).  It was a special operations unit that valued quick, quiet solutions to every problem!  The unit’s name has been adapted to what is known today as one of the top manufacturers of survival knives.

SOG Fixed Blade Knives w/Sheath


  • Overall Length – 12.3″ (compared to 9.5″ for the Seal Pup Elite)
  • Blade – 7″ Clip Point
  • Weight – 10.3 oz
  • Steel – AUS-8
  • Sheath – Kydex Nylon, MOLLE-compatible sheath


A partially serrated blade offers maximum versatility
A fully-serrated spine offers an aggressive look and ultimate rasping performance for survival applications!


72% of verified purchasers on Amazon gave this knife a 5-star rating for its durability and balance among other qualities.  4% of purchasers gave the SOG Seal Team Elite a low rating, but curiously enough, it was not so much because of quality issues, but because the knife is not made in the U.S.A.  but rather in China.  It was noted by one owner that the irony of having China supply our elite forces was quite evident.  Nevertheless, most loved the knife and we are pretty fond of it too (politics aside).


All in all, the SOG Seal Team Elite ranks at a very high 4.5 stars out of 5. The only thing negative about this product is the nylon sheath which some users didn’t like and exchanged for something else. Fortunately, it’s easy to find knife sheaths online that would fit this blade so there’s really no problem.  The Seal Team Elite is the big brother of the Seal Pup Elite so both have tactical superiority over an EDC used for outdoor work.

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