NEW SOG Batons for Everyday Utility | SHOT 2017

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SOG, maker of specialty knives and innovative multi-tools, was out at this year’s Industry Day for SHOT Show. They had multiple new items to showcase including some new multi-tools and unique batons.

To start off, they are introducing 4 new batons that are about the size of a decent pen. They range anywhere from the simple to the extravagant.

Baton Q1

SOGThe first in this new series of batons is aptly named the Baton Q1. This baton, or tool, has 4 devices hidden inside of it.

  • Pressurized Ballpoint Pen
  • Bottle Opener
  • Flat Screwdriver
  • Spring-Assisted Scissors

It has a black and grey anodized finish, is TSA compliant, and weighs a simple 2.4 ounces. This is a nice little tool you could carry on you without the judgement from strangers that a larger multi-tool sitting on your hip might draw. This one draws an MSRP of $54.

Baton Q2

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[Botton Left] Baton Q1, [Top Right] Baton Q2

The Baton Q2 is almost the same size and weight as the Baton Q1, but it features different tools. With an extra 0.7″ and 0.6 ounces you get:

  • Straight Blade
  • Bottle Opener
  • Flat Screwdriver
  • LED Flashlight

This one comes in at $67 for an MSRP. This seems pretty fair for the tools offered in this 2nd edition baton compared to the Q1.

Baton Q3

SOGThe Baton Q3 is a step up to a near tier of utility. This multi-tool style baton features 13 different tools making it much more useful than the simpler Q1 and Q2. Its weight is double that of the 1st two models in the baton lineup at 6.0 ounces. The overall length of 5.8″ when closed is actually smaller than the Q2, but longer than the Q1. The features it boasts are as follows:

  • Awl
  • Straight Blade
  • Bolt/Nut Gripper
  • Bottle Opener
  • Can Opener
  • Chisel
  • 3-Sided File
  • Flat Screwdriver (Small & Medium Head)
  • Jewelry Driver
  • Philips Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Soft Wire Cutter

For the multitude of tools that are hidden in this small baton its surprising that it actually does not weigh more than 6 ounces. The MSRP of the SOG Baton Q3 drops in at $94.

Baton Q4

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[Left] Baton Q3, [Right] Q4

The 4th and final installment in the baton line is the Q4. Similar to the slightly more expensive Q3, the Baton Q4 has a host of gadgets to keep you prepared for whatever occurs throughout your day. The Q4 has 10 tools to its name with some of the more unique ones from the Q3 removed and more practical ones added in.

  • Straight Blade
  • Bolt/Nut Gripper
  • Bottle Opener
  • Can Opener
  • 3-Sided File
  • Flat Screwdriver (Small & Medium Head)
  • Hex Bit Driver (Magnetic, 1/4″, Ratchet)
  • Pliers
  • Soft Wire Cutter

The SOG Baton Q4 looks aesthetically the same as the Q3, but the money-maker feature is the magnetic, ratchet-driver. You get a set of 12 hex bits and the Baton Q4 and bit set comes in a pleather carrying case. The other tools this comes with are simple and slightly predictable, but to get a hex bit driver that actually ratchets will set this model apart from others. The Baton Q4 will be selling at an MSRP of $120.

When talking to the folks at SOG this year at Industry Day at SHOT Show they stated they were trying to fill a small niche market with these new batons. Many people want to carry a multi-tool or a knife, but they maybe cannot. Or they need to keep up “appearances” so to speak. For the mother who has to pick up her kids from daycare or an individual who does not want to open carry a knife or bulky multi-tool, this can be a great alternative.

 



Hello everyone! The outdoors, Crossfit, and anything firearm related have always been my passions. I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets, am a Smith & Wesson Armorer, reloader, and have an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers. Be sure to visit TFB frequently and keep your magazines full, my friends!


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    SOG makes some nice stuff.
    Ive carried the Flash II for years.

  • Disarmed in CA

    I’ve carried a leatherman tool for years. 99% of the time I just need pliers.

    • THIS.

      Sites that glamorize an individual’s overloaded pockets for an edc dump is silly or just trying to show off. (I also lose everything. Wallet, keys, phones, sunglasses, watches, knives, etc. despite having a pocket dump system and location. I usually end up finding it in a spare suit jacket or something.)

      Carried a mini flashlight for like two years (in addition to one at office, backpack, car, home, etc) Ended up using it like five times and nothing that was so vital that it had to be on me at that exact moment. I no longer carry a flashlight.EDC nerds be damned, I just don’t find the need for it.

      “…But don’t you need a 37 piece socket set with your Leatherman?”

      To each their own ♡

  • Nimrod

    When I think “baton” I think of a long striking instrument. SOG’s idea of a “baton” is a tactical pen? Kind of hard to tell how big they are without something to compare them to like a hand.