While some manufacturers chose to either not release new tools for 2017 or simply chose to release some mediocre offerings, one company has single handedly delivered a host of new offerings. At SHOT Show in Las Vegas SOG introduced a host of new tools that were both innovative and forward thinking. The tool we will be looking at today is the SOG Poweraccess.
The SOG PowerAccess is all new for 2017, and is perhaps the best looking multitool we have seen in a long time. With it's stonewashed finish and angular handles it is just as much a work of art as it is a tool, and as it features a pocket clip instead of a sheath, it is more likely to be there when you want it! The PowerAccess has been likened to one of SOG's previous designs, the PowerPlier, which is almost universally lauded as one of the best tools to ever come from SOG- and that's high praise indeed for a company that also brought us the original Tool Clip!
The Power Plier is one of those tools that seemed to disappear from the collective conscious when it was discontinued. The predecessor to both the Pocket Power Plier and the PowerLock the Power Plier is well worth tracking down. And not just for collecting purposes; but as a great EDC tool that has some advantages over the PowerLock. Don't be mistaken, it does show it's age during use; the tools clump, implement finish is slightly lower quality than current production tools and none of the blades lock. But it has the sleek simplicity of an earlier time and the rugged functionality that the industry was born of.
What kind of people would write collect and review multitools? Quite simple really- we are designers and do-ers, outdoors types and indoor types, mechanics, doctors, problem solvers and problem makers. As such, we have, as a world spanning community, put every type, size and version of multitool, multifunction knife, pocket knife and all related products to every test we could manage in as many places and environments as there are.