Multi-tools are some of the handiest types of tools to have on hand at all times. Today, we’re checking out two very unique designs by SOG Knives.
The Swiss Army Knife
No doubt, when it comes to multi-tools, it seems like everyone points to the Swiss Army Knife. There are actually two companies that produce these knives, well those officially licensed to do so, that is. And, while they are a good idea and a good design, I’ve yet to have a genuine Swiss Army Knife or one of the poorly made clones that didn’t break on me when put to real-life use. In my opinion, they are made for very light repairs. Use them for anything more than that and they break. Plus, for the life of me, I don’t understand why the Swiss Army Knives comes with a very dull blade. What’s so hard about putting a working edge on a knife so it will readily cut?
Some Traditional Multi-Tools
Many people look at some of the many more traditional multi-tools that are on the market today. There are some outstanding models out there. I’ve been carrying my favorite from Leatherman for years now. Sadly, it is a long-discontinued model called the Blast. However, they have many models from which to choose. Plus, SOG Knives produces many outstanding traditional multi-tools that are equally up to my high standards, as far as multi-tools go. So, there’s something for everyone when it comes to the more traditional versions of multi-tools.
Less Traditional Multi-Tools From SOG– Baton Q1 and Baton Q2
Today, we’re taking a look at several less traditional multi-tools from SOG. There is a series of them, but we’re only checking out the Baton Q1 and the Baton Q2, which are anything but traditional in nature. As a matter of fact the Baton Q1 and Baton Q2 are covert or camo tools, designed to appear to be something else. I like that.
To be sure, the Q1 and Q2 are both made in China. However, as I’ve mentioned many times, you get as good of a product as you want from this country, and the SOG products are not made in slave labor prisons.
The Baton Q1
Up first is the Baton Q1, which appears to be a well-made pen or marker at first glance. Riding in a pocket, it can sure pass for such. However, there are several secret tools that you can really appreciate. The Q1 is made out of anodized aluminum and weighs a mere 2.4 oz, so you don’t hardly know you are carrying it in a shirt or pants pocket. It has a pocket clip on it, like so many pens have. And, the thing actually has a pressurize pen that works. Nice! There is also a bottle opener and flat head screw driver in the top of the pen, and it opens easily. Lastly, if you pull up on the top of the “pen” and fold it over, it reveals a very well made spring-loaded scissor that is super sharp. The scissors are made from 5CR15MOD stainless steel.
The Baton Q2
The Q2 appears very similar to the Q1 when it is in a pocket; however, it has several totally different multi-tools on-board. There is no pen. Instead, where a pen would be, there is a 75-lumen LED flashlight that is turned-on by rotating the bezel. There is also a pocket clip for ease of carry. In the upper portion of the Q2 is a 2.5-inch, single sided knife blade that is super-sharp. To open the knife, you press on a release button and fold the top of the “pen” over and you can hold the top of the “pen” to the side of the bottom portion, and you basically have a “fixed” blade knife. There is also a bottle opener and flat head screw driver in the top of the Q2.
Seen Many Other Pens That Were Junk
I’ve seen many, and I mean many other pens that had concealed knife blades in them. However, they were all junk. The blades weren’t sharp and couldn’t be used under stress, and the entire “pen” would break in short order.
Q2 is a High Quality, Well-Made Multi-Tool
Of course, in their performance evaluation, one use comes to mind with the Q1 and Q2, and that is opening mail and packages. Both work great. The flat head screw driver will take care of a lot of jobs that it was designed for, holding up to a lot of torque. I didn’t try to break the screw driver, because anything can be broken under the right circumstances. I didn’t have any bottles around that needed opening, but the bottle opener will take care of those jobs.
My wife liked the Q1 better than the Q2, because it had quality-made scissors that actually work as well, if not better than full-sized scissors. She’s an elementary grade teacher and is always using scissors for something. Plus, she liked the pen. It wrote smoothly. I preferred the Q2 because of the knife blade. Being a guy, we appreciate knives, even small ones. I can easily envision using the knife blade for self-defense work as well. Taking out a eye or cutting through tendons or arteries will end an attack in very short order.
The 75-lumen LED light on the Q2 is brighter than you think it is. That’s a good thing. The one bad thing is, you have to twist the head of the light to turn it on/off. I’m surprised SOG didn’t install a simple on/off switch of some type. Other than that, I have zero complaints about either multi-tool.
See Myself Packing Both
I can easily see myself packing both the Q1 & Q2 in a dress shirt pocket or even a casual shirt. No one will give it a second glance, to be sure. And, instead of pulling out a more traditional multi-tool when you need it, you quickly take one of your “pens” out of your shirt pocket, unfold the tool you need for the job at hand, and take care of it.
Can Take Care of a Lot of Small Jobs
I assure you that everyone who sees your Q1 or Q2 will want to check it out for themselves and want one or both of their own. Once again, we are talking high-quality multi-tools. Of course, they can’t handle some of the jobs the more traditional multi-tools can handle; however, they will sure take care of a lot of small jobs, especially when it comes to cutting or tightening loose flat head screws, and this is always an on-going thing with me. Lots of screws work themselves loose on handguns, and it only takes a second to tighten, if you have a flat head screw driver on-hand.
Both the SOG Q1 and Q2 come with SOG’s lifetime warranty. The Q1 retails for $54, and the Q2 goes for a bit more at $67. Are they worth it? You betcha they are! They also make great gifts. Be sure to check out the other Baton Q models on the SOG website.