Originally founded in 1986 as a knife manufacturer, SOG gradually expanded their range to include other items such as multi-tools. While SOG aren’t as well-known as their US multi-tool rivals Gerber and Leatherman in the UK, their range of multi-tools is becoming more available and importing from the US is always an option if you want access to their full range of products. We’ll be looking SOG’s S66N-CP PowerAssist multi-tool, which features SOG Assisted Technology designed to allow easy but secure opening of the tools.
The S66N is the satin silver version of the tool, there is also a matte black model (B66N-CP) available. Weighing in at 272g and measuring 11.7cm when closed and 17.8cm when open the S66N is quite clearly a full size multi-tool and compared to its rivals it is slightly heavier and larger, which should be noted if you are carrying it around frequently. In hand though the difference isn’t really noticeable and the S66N feels solid and well built.
The following tools are included with S66N.
Blasting Cap Crimper
Bolt Grip Channel
Full Serrated Blade
Hard Wire Cutter
Large Flat Screwdriver
Medium Flat Screwdriver
Needle Nose Pliers
Small Flat Screwdriver
Straight Edge Blade
You can see SOG’s military roots with the blasting cap crimper standing out. Overall the tool list is extensive with a wide variety tools for both indoor and outdoor jobs. A particular highlight is the v-cutter which allows very easy and safe cutting of things such as fishing line and electrical cable sheathing.
First of all let’s take a look at the SOG Assisted Technology that is featured and highlighted in SOG’s marketing materials and used on the 2 blades in the S66N. In practical use what this means is that after pulling your required blade out a short way, the high-tension coil springs inside the multi-tool take over and smoothly propel out the blade out. The required blade can then but locked in place for added security. The Assisted Technology feature is definitely useful as it allows for easy one handed opening and the extracting mechanism is always smooth never extracting the tool too fast or too slow.
The tools performed well in use, the blades are sharp and cut smoothly, the v-cutter as noted before is very useful and the pliers can provide a strong grip thanks to the gear mechanism. One other thing is that you can buy additional tools from SOG to attach to the S66N, which is useful if you need a different function or want to replace a broken or worn tool.
Overall the S66N from SOG is an impressive tool, the main negative’s being the lack of availability in the UK which pushes the price considerably higher than it is in the US (£59 vs $55), hopefully SOG can find a distributor in the UK to make their products more widely available and the price will come down. If you can find one at the right price the S66N is definitely worth looking at.