When it comes to my best fixed blade survival knives list, it is difficult to ignore a knife that has the backing of the United States military. And for that reason, I won’t ignore such a knife. My SOG Seal Pup Elite knife review highlights a tactical fixed blade survival knife that is used by the U.S. Special Forces. Seeing that you are most likely to buy this knife for use as a hunting or camping knife, I’d say you’ve got a mighty fine stamp of approval. This knife comes with a limited lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.
Official name: E37SN Seal Pup Elite Straight Edge Fixed Blade Knife Black TiNi
About SOG: Sog Specialty Knives, inc., is a United States based knife manufacturer located in Lynnwood, Washington. They manufacturer not only a tactical military line of survival knives, but also every day carry (EDC) knives. SOG was founded in the mid 80’s by Spencer and Gloria Frazer. SOG has deep ties to the United States military, including having their knives used by Navy Seals. Because of this, SOG is one of the most trusted survival knife brands on the market and as this SOG Seal Pup Elite knife review should show, they’ve won over preppers and survivalist once again. This would be a wonderful addition to your bug out bag essentials list.
SOG Seal Pup Elite Knife Blade
This is a 4.85-inch AUS-8 steel blade.The point is a clip shape. It is finished in black.
The backside of the blade has a serrated spine that allows you to file down hard materials. If you look closely, you will notice that it has a thumb indention that allows you to use the knife with more versatility.
SOG uses a cryogenic heating treatment as a way to strengthen their knife blades. The knife is slowly lowered to a temperature of negative 300 degrees during the process. It is then taken back to a normal temperature. This extreme exposure to stress strengthens the blade giving it a much firmer, more durable edge. SOG recommends that you clean and oil the blade, but don’t soak it in water. This is their recommended defense against corrosion.
I love the fact that this knife blade is a straight edge as opposed to serrated. I’m not a big fan of the serrated blade, I think you can get other sawing tools to fill in for such a role. A knife’s blade should be a worthy slicer which is exactly what the SOG Seal Pup Elite Knife is great at. You get some filing serrations on the back side to help with versatility. AUS 8 steel is pretty legit Japanese steel. No, it isn’t using A10 like the Fallkniven A1 (you can check out my Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife Review if you are so inclined, but your cost will raise a good amount for the increased blade steel material. The Seal Pup fixed blade material gets the job done, but as the manufacturer notes, take care of it after use.
Now, the titanium nitride finish does add a good amount of protection to the blade, both from corrosion and scratches.
SOG Seal Pup Elite Knife Handle
The handle is made with an injection molded Glass reinforced material with well-defined grip lines. The grooves for your fingers are deep and make holding it feels firm, tight and comfortable.
The finger grooves seriously improve the grip. Having held this knife many times, I can promise, it feels locked into your grip. Oddly, the handle is thinner than it appears in pictures. But don’t worry, that turns out to be a good attribute for most. Honestly, I have decent sized hands, but I think if you have super big hands, this may pose an issue for you. You can always send it back and definitely do so if it feels “off” when you grip it. Or you could just pass on it all together if you know your large hands won’t play nice. Grip is one of the most important attributes a survival knife can possess both for safety and function. For me, it is great. I’d post a picture of my hands, but that just feels like it would be awkward for all of us.
There is also a quillon on the handle intended to keep your hand from sliding up. This would come in handy in a knife combat. But hopefully, that’s never the case! Here’s the thing, if you punch the knife into anything “soft,” like say an animal, and then the knife hits a bone and stops, your hand could slide up and cut your arm open. This would be bad (obviously). The quillon helps prevent such a scenario. To be honest, I love this part of the handle. I may never need it, but if I did, it would serve as a pretty big safety net.
I have seen people complain about the grip. For me, it is great, but something to consider. I haven’t seen anyone say it is a terrible grip, just people saying it didn’t feel as comfortable as they’d hoped in the reviews.
SOG Seal Pup Elite Sheath
The sheath is nylon and has a belt loop attachment. This sheath is MOLLE compatible. I know many of my readers typically build their own sheaths, additionally, I don’t think anyone should buy a knife based on a sheath, however, this one is pretty decent. You can toss some Smith’s Pocket Pal into the sheath’s pocket. It’s a good deal. I enjoy it.
In the end, my SOG Seal Pup Elite Knife review fits nicely on my best fixed blade survival knives list. Calling it “reliable” might sound insulting, but this knife is truly high quality. And it is made for use as a hunting knife, a camping knife and a tactical knife. The price is also good, in the average range. You can check out a lot of other Amazon reviews as well, but it is mostly good stuff.