where are sog knives made

Where are SOG Knives Made

SOG knives are one of the most popular names in the market today. These blades are known for their excellent quality and beautiful aesthetics. It isn’t surprising that some of these blades are actually part of collections as many people see SOG knives as a work of art. However – what exactly makes these knives stand out from their competitors?  For those who are fascinated with these knives and thinking of buying – We’ve included some short, concise and readable information that might prove useful.

By the way, if you’re wanting the short answer to where the knives are made, we can tell you 4 places we know they are made, but which ones exactly come from where is harder because it changes from time to time.  The four places are USA, JAPAN, CHINA and TAIWAN.  See more details at the end of this post!


The SOG Company

The company was started by Spencer and Gloria Frazer in 1986. The name was actually derived from the Joint Services Special Operations unit or the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observations Group. When shortened, the name is MACV-SOG or simply SOG. This group is known for developing their own knife while in the midst of the war in Vietnam.

Ever since their establishment, the SOG Company worked its way in creating some of the best blade tools in the country. Although fairly slow, the name has worked its way to the top and is currently the provider for some of the most distinguished groups involved in the military today.


Our Favorite SOG knife … for now!

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Presenting…. The SOG fixed blade Seal Team Elite Survival Knife.  It’s one mean hunting/tactical/survival knife.  It features a hard-cased Titanium Nitride (TINI) black coated blade for looks and longevity, and it also includes a ballistic nylon, MOLLE compatible sheath.  The blade is made of AUS-8 stainless steel and it’s 7 inches long!  Overall, the Seal Team Elite is a smidge over 1 foot long and is cryogenically hardened.  The handle is made of a nearly indestructible nylon which offers a very good grip and needs no maintenance.  

It comes razor sharp right out of the package and while it is not FULL tang (unfortunately), it does offer an “extended tang” for lifetime durability.  SOG is very sure you’ll likely never need their services after the sale, but they do want to please!  That’s why they’ll consider all repair or replacement requests.  That’s a great deal!  They also tell us that even with hard use, this particular outd00r/tactical/survival/hunting/Bowie-style knife is a knife for LIFE!  

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SOG Fixed Blade Knives w/Sheath - SEAL Team Elite Survival Knife, Hunting Knife & MOLLE Tactical Knife w/Black TiNi 7 Inch Blade & GRN Grip (SE37-N)


What Makes the SOG Knife Desirable?

All knives with the name SOG are viewed as incredibly useful and durable. Due to their long-standing reputation, the quality of what they produce is no longer put in question. Even more, all their products are guaranteed against any type of defects for life. The only exception here is the Fusion SOG which is covered by a guarantee for one year upon date of purchase.

Even the Philosophy of the company is impressive and reflects their dedication to creating high-quality knives. Their goal is to create knives through the use of advanced technology, high-quality materials, imaginative design and top construction. Through these, SOG hopes to bring to life top-caliber products designed to make the life of users easier.

Uses for SOG Knives Today

SOG Knives produce blades for practically everyone. Their niche is within casual outdoor and military personnel. In fact, some SOG knives are being used by the United States Navy SEAL and goes by the official name of Seal 2000. This is the very reason why SOG is popular among collectors. If even the military trusts them to perform wonderfully under pressure, then the knife is surely worth collecting.

Another impressive product produced by SOG is the tactical switchblade. This engineering marvel is only available to military or law enforcement personnel. Still, civilians have the choice between various other SOG blades such as the Tech Bowie. They also produce several multi-tools named the PowerLock, ParaTool and Power Assist.

Where Are they Made?

SOG is a multi-national company which means that their products are available in various parts of the world. Bearing this in mind, the production process is scattered all over different sections of the globe, depending on the situation of the market. Some of their knives are actually made within the United States or at least assembled here.  Most blades, however – specifically the higher quality ones are made in Japan. Since the technology in this country is impressive, Japanese factories are capable of forging some of the most durable blades in history while using only the best materials the market has to offer.

Lastly, the more affordable tools are being made in China or Taiwan. Note though that cheaper doesn’t mean less durable. The SOG line has always prided itself with their strong products and makes sure that the units coming from Taiwan and China meet their high standards. All the knives are checked for quality before being shipped for sale.

For those of you who are REALLY into exact countries, here’s the best general outline we have for basic tools and their countries of origin;

Most fixed blade SOGs are made in Taiwan, while most multi-tools are USA-made.  As for most of their folding knives, the better ones are made in the USA and Japan, though cheaper models can come from China and Taiwan.   Many of SOG’s less common products are made in China like Tomahawks, throwing knives and battle axes.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that if it doesn’t say JAPAN or USA somewhere on the product, then SOG (like most other brands) doesn’t want you to know where it’s made.  That means it’s likely China or perhaps Taiwan.  That is my 50+ years of experience talking and not the result of any official online research.


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  1. If you would like to know where SOG Specialty Knives and Tools are made, please feel free to visit my website. According to Spencer Frazer, I own the quote “Worlds leading SOG Collection” that I share in Descriptions, Specifications and Photos. There is a lot more, like Reference information of the SOG logos used over the years, every catalog known in existence and much more. So… if you want to identify where your SOG was made, head over to my website. Best.

  2. I am glad someone brought up the fact that orininal Sog knives were manufactured in Japan and then in Taiwan, not China. Taiwan, (some of the limited edition blades made in Japan, one limited to 40 or so, will never hit the market as they are so collectible. I mean does anyone think knives used for a long period of time (beginning with the Vietnam war would be made (much less purchased at that time from China). I Even at present we, as well as other countries are intruding on these claimed waters which are actually international water. On another matter, and please correct me if I am wrong I was told the SOG folding blades {not exactly inexpensive for the most part) are still made in Japan (or maybe someone before me mentioned this and I was not paying attention (if so sorry).

    I have had over the years a number of knives and at present when I camp with my son’s I personally prefer the Seal Pup Elite. I realize there are more expensive Sog knives for survival and camping but I like the feel of this particular knife, as well as some other features those who have them likely appreciate Moreover price does not even jump that much with a custom Kydex sheath. They are compatible and actually better than many lower priced knives (and higher priced ones until you get into steel and hardness on the high end, which I don’t require for everyday camping or hiking. They keep their edge, like every knife you should take a good sharpener, especially if using to cut large branches with brute force.

    I realize this is just personal opinion and I am not arguing with other people’s choice of blades as use dictates what is needed, comfort and even weight which are important for everyone.

    What impresses me is not many knives have been used by our brave special forces (and others early on) for this length of time. Why? Quality control, first Taiwanese have excellent quality control on their own as well as following to the letter US guidelines or they would be out of business quickly. They follow US Specs, combined with the fact that many plant managers and quality control experts are from the US and elsewhere. If a quality control expert says a batch does not meet standards, if never leaves the plant.

    Their quality control on ships is astonishing, even with owner’s representatives present.

    The original design was also the first to be used in Vietnam buy the way. I also like their assortment of fixed blades, and I am sure many are aware some large companies simply do not think as much about ultimate use desired by customers (I understand Sog also makes some great great specialty diving knives as well as ones found on popular knife sites).

    I am not going to discuss other fixed blades as they all have their good and bad points. I have tried very expensive blades with great steel and hardness but sometimes they lack features I find necessary. However, the steel and hardness of the higher end SOGs compare with some of the best blades in most any price range unless you want to spent big dollars.

    Sorry I went on so long, I did not mean to but knives are sort of a hobby at this point in my life and I appreciate quality and for my uses do not require anything more. Take it for what it is worth, just an opinion on a forum and once again I do not mean to offend anyone who finds they are more comfortable with other fixed blades as everything for size to handle feel can make a big difference (among other factors such as usage).

    1. Taiwan is a Republic of China

      (Taiwan ROC )

    2. Taiwan is not part of China, and has a history of quality manufacturing. You can’t bribe your way past local officials to cut costs in Taiwan.

  3. As of late 2014, I don’t think “most” SOG products are made in the U.S. Their A/O folders and Multi-tools are U.S. made. Their high end folders are made in Seki Japan.
    Their lowest priced products are made in China and all of their popular fixed blades are now made in Taiwan. In fact among SOG fans, older vintage Seki Japan ones have become pure collector’s items while the current Taiwan versions are “users”.

    1. Hearhear! Seki models fetch high prices, it’s the only kind of SOG that I personally collect. Back in those days, the designs felt more sturdy and looked less flashy as well.
      A current Aegis would be my carry knife, but I have no Idea where it is made. Parts from Taiwan, aassembled in USA? Fully made in USA? The blade has no markings of origin at all, very confusing, these mixed productions…

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