Using Facebook allows you to easily share this giveaway with others and earn BONUS entries. This Alternate Entry Form is provided as a Courtesy for our Fans and Followers who do NOT have Facebook Accounts. SOG was founded in 1986 by Spencer Frazier with a one product in a one page ad that was placed in Soldier of Fortune Magazine.
Since then the Seattle based company has grown to become a household name among knife lovers by crafting high quality, innovative knives and tools for military, tactical, law enforcement, outdoors men and the general public.
Not long ago the SOG Seal Team knife won a competition that was put on by the Naval Special Warfare center and recently SOG upgraded this line with the addition of the SOG Seal Team Elite. The SOG Seal Team Elite blade is made out of AUS-8 Stainless Steel which is comparable to 440 A stainless. AUS-8 is an excellent high-end stainless steel with good edge holding capabilities, overall toughness and wear resistance when heat treated properly.
SOG uses a special cryogenic heat treatment process which involves deep freezing the knife steel at temperatures lower than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The SOG Seal Team Elite has clip point style blade and is coated in a black Titanium Nitrite finish… which makes the steel even more resistant to rust.
Clip point blades have a back that is concavely formed to make the tip thinner and sharper.
Clip point blades add the additional usefulness of excellent piercing, picking and cutting in tight places.
The serrated edge is helpful for sawing, chopping and cutting through cord, limbs, wire and light sheet metal . The knife weights 10.3 ounces which is surprisingly light considering the size of this knife and the thickness of the steel.
One of the major differences between SOG Seal Team and the Seal Team Elite is the addition of the serrated rasp on the spine of the blade steel. The rasp serrations go from the handle to nearly the tip of the blade and vary in thickness and distance between each serration. These sloped areas increase the knife’s bushcraft capabilities and provides sure impact points for using a make shift mallet with this knife, in a survival situation. The curved rasp closest to the handle is designed so that you can extend your thumb onto the back of the blade to better control the knife.
The handle is surprisingly comfortable and provides an excellent grip even in wet conditions. The knife is well balanced and with the center of gravity falling right under where my four finger naturally wraps around the handle.
The knife is full tang construction which mean the knife steel extends the full length of the knife through the handle. At the butt end of the SOG Seal Team Elite the blade steel extends beyond the handle giving us a nice pommel to break, smash and hammer things.
And there’s a pretty big lanyard hole that will take some pretty thick paracord or thinner rope.
There is a handy pocket on the front of the sheath that can take a small multi-tool, sharpening stone, fire steel or an extra 9mm magazine. This sleeve is form fitted so that when the knife is stowed, it is held snug in the sheath. Fortunately SOG offers the SEAL Team Elite with form fitted Kydex sheath complete nylon strap that secures with a snap… not Velcro. Unfortunately the Kydex sheath is not MOLLE compatible so it’s not going to as easily strap to your tactical vest or pack but is excellent for belt carry. Other than the Velcro closure system, the SOG ballistic nylon sheath is well built, very functional and light weight. The nylon sheath offers multiple carry options and works great for belt carry and it is MOLLE compatible. Most owners comment on the SOG Seal Team Elite’s sharp, edge-holding blade, it’s quality build, and the excellent nylon sheath. We rate the SOG Seal Team Elite knife at 5 out of 5 stars for design, innovation, quality of build and materials, durability, edge sharpness and retention, the rasped spine, and how good this knife feels in the hand and performs in the field. We rate the SOG Seal Team Elite SHEATH at 4.5 out of 5 stars for it’s quality build and thoughtful design but take off a half star for the velcro closure system on the handle strap.
And it would have been a nice touch if SOG had included a pocket knife sharpener or fine and medium sharpening stone in the front pouch. The SOG Seal Team Elite is an excellent choice for those who want a great all around knife for military and tactical applications, diving, hunting, camping, backpacking or anyone who wants a great survival knife for their bug-out bag that is designed to last a lifetime with minimal care – just in case.
Well the SOG Seal Team Elite is not the cheapest survival knife on the block at around $95 online for the knife with Nylon Ballistic Sheath and around $110 for the Seal Team Elite with Kydex sheath. If you want to save some money or want a smaller knife, look at the SOG Seal Pup, the Gerber Prodigy or Gerber LMF II.
If you want a comparable survival knife for bushcraft with an even tougher drop point blade and no blade serrations, look at the NEW SOG Force.
If you want an award winning knife that has been troop tested in environments all over the world… and you want a knife that is going be ready for action when you need it, I highly recommend the SOG Seal Team Elite for your consideration.
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One of the coolest things about living in Florida, was living through some of the most serious Hurricanes in decades! With a functioning grill you can make anything, even if you run out of water you can boil it (unless you don’t have any water without power). Your stove igniter will be out, so you will need a long match or lighter, but you can still get your burners (but not your oven)  fired up! If I have extra room, I bag up my ice, and should I lose power, stash it in the fridge right away, and only open the fridge when needed once the power goes out.
I’ll either make up a batch of chicken salad  just before the storm hits, or get cold cuts, neither needs to be cooked, and as long as the fridge stays cold a bit or you have a cooler you’re good.
Then the cold goods that need to be cooked and are in the fridge, then the freezer stuff, then the non perishables. If you go to a bulk club like BJ’s, Sam’s or Costco you can get a case of individual serving size bottles of Tropicana that do not need to be refrigerated. The most beautiful skies you will ever see are just before and just after a storm, take pictures. Camera, cell phone (eventually it will work),  toothbrush, RAZOR, IPOD, Laptops (that way you can watch DVD’s or entertain the kiddies with a movie) and any other things you use that need to be charged.
Monopoly, Scattagories, Clue, Trivial Pursuit; don’t go buy them, dig them out of that closet they are buried in now, you don’t want to have to bother with it later, trust me, you’ll be glad you did.
Once you loose power, you don’t want to be in there for long looking for things; just get in and get out. Rather than fill your freezer with ice cubes, just fill some gallon storage bags and plastic containers with water TODAY and by the time the power goes out they should be big solid blocks of ice that will stay frozen a lot longer than your ice cubes – you, in effect, have turned your freezer into a cooler.
Summer, Winter, Spring or Fall… Hypothermia can kill you at any time of the year when your core body temperature dips below 95 degrees.
I am a trophy hunter which, for purpose of this article, means that I spend at least 12 hours up in a tree stand and all I can do is slowly get up and sit down in extremely cold weather. But I was not aware of the proper placement for the chemical heat pads and for me, that made your article extremely valuable.
The first thing I saw was the knife handle in sheath which is nearly identical to that of the SOG Seal Team Elite knife. As I pulled the knife out of the sheath, I know a smile came on my face as I realized that the SOG Force was essentially the SOG Seal Team Elite knife with a blade design more suitable for all around survival. The SOG Force fixed blade knife was released in Mid- 2011 as a capable survival knife patterned after the almost legendary SOG Seal Team line of knives.
The biggest difference between the SOG Force and the SOG Seal Team Elite is the blade design. The SOG Force has a drop point blade… compared to the clip point blade of the SOG Seal Team Elite. And there’s good reason for this… Drop point blades have a convex curve of the back toward the point, which makes a strong point, but the point is a little less suitable for piercing than the clip point of the SOG Seal Team Elite knife. The SOG Force Blade is a pretty healthy 6 inches in length compared to the extreme 7 inch blade length of the SOG Seal Team Elite. Now when you search online for the SOG Force you may find some photos or legacy web pages that talk about it having a partially serrated edge… that’s because the first production run of the SOG Force had a blade that WAS partially serrated. Okay, so then a big difference in the edges these two knives is that the SOG Seal Team Elite blade is serrated for about 2 inches toward the handle and the SOG Force is only available in a straight edge.
The SOG Force and SOG Seal Team Elite Blades are both made out of AUS-8 stainless steel, which is a very nice steel when heat treated properly, something SOG is known for.


The SOG Force is also coated in a black Titanium Nitrite finish… which makes the steel even more resistant to rust.
Well SOG was wise in selecting AUS-8 for the bulk of their better knives, like the SOG Force. On the back of the blade toward the handle there is a concave rasp that makes a good resting place for my thumb or fore finger and allows me to control the knife a bit better for finer tasks like carving and slicing. The SOG Force is full tang, which means the knife steel runs the full length of the knife through the handle and is regarded by most experts as the strongest possible knife construction. The knife weights 10.5 ounces which is surprisingly light considering the size of this knife and the thickness of the blade steel. The handle of the SOG Force is exactly the same as the SOG Seal Team Elite and is made of Glass Reinforced Nylon (or GRN).
The SOG Force handle is hard and very durable and because it’s over molded onto the blade steel.
You get the feeling when you hold this knife that it could survive the apocalypse and is about indestructible.
It’s not nearly as comfortable as handles like those found on the Gerber LMF II or the Gerber LHR.
For protection, the handle has a nice flair by the fore finger to prevent your hand from slipping onto the blade. The SOG Force is nicely balanced with the center of gravity just under the fore finger when gripping the knife.
One of the tasks I often put a good survival knife through is a no spin, knife throwing test.
I found the SOG Force easy to control and honestly much more accurate and pleasurable to throw than the SOG throwing knives because of how meaty this knife is. All this to say, if you need to throw the SOG Force, you certainly can with some practice… because it is well designed and balanced. Many survival knives flair or curve at the butt end to give you more of a grip for bushcraft stuff like chopping. Because the SOG Force does not have a rubberized grip or a butt end flair the knife can tend to slip and slide around in your hand.
Chopping is certainly possible with this knife, but you’ll just have to grab the knife a little tighter, which will likely cause your hand to fatigue sooner or blister faster than with some other survival knives.
Now… toward the butt of the knife we have a nice over-sized lanyard hole, that’s a full quarter inch in diameter. And beyond the butt end of the handle, the knife steel juts out into a pretty aggressive and substantial pommel. So I couldn’t resist, and took this knife out back and busted through a car window with it.
Yeah, so the SOG Force pierced through the car window just about as easily as my Gerber LMF II ASEK, which also has a pommel that comes to a point. As far as I can tell the nylon sheath of the SOG Force is exactly the same as the Sheath for the SOG Seal Team Elite. The craftsmanship of this sheath is evident in the triple stitching along the edges of the pouch.
Four of these rivets have grommets holes through them… these holes are great for lashing the sheath to things, lashing things to the sheath or tying the bottom of the sheath to your leg. On the front of the sheath there is a nice sized pocket with an adjustable velcro strap perfectly sized for holding some gear like – your favorite multi tool, fire steel, a sharpener or even an extra 9mm mag. Theres a polymer sleeve inside the sheath that holds the knife tightly and prevents it from slicing through the nylon.
There is a nylon strap with Velcro that holds the knife handle tight against the top of the sheath. I don’t really prefer Velcro closure straps for holding quality knives because they can get full of dirt and leaves and can get gummed up over time and not work as well. I prefer sheath straps with snaps… however with the primary purpose of this knife being survival, Velcro should work fine.
Other than the Velcro closure system, the SOG Force ballistic nylon sheath is well built, tough, very functional and light weight. Oh yeah… and this sheath really shines in the multitude of carry options that if offers. This long rear strap is actually two lengths of strap doubled over and sewn together… so it’s not likely that this strap is going to break or wear out. Owner reviews for the SOG Force are generally through the roof averaging well over 4.5 out of 5 stars. We rate the SOG Force survival knife at 4.5 out of 5 stars for the exceptional quality of materials in it’s price range, the tough over molded handle, it’s durability, edge sharpness and retention, and how good this knife feels in the hand and performs in the field. We reluctantly took off half a star because being primarily designed to be a survival knife, the handle really could use a flair or curve on the butt end to aid in holding the knife for bushcraft tasks like chopping…. Regardless… this is one of the nicest standard nylon sheaths that we’ve seen come with any knife if this price range.
The SOG Force is an excellent survival knife for military and tactical applications, diving, hunting, camping, backpacking, extreme adventures, a bug out bag or emergency kit or for anyone who wants a nice all purpose survival knife that is designed for a lifetime of use and ready for just about anything, when called up for duty.
Just in case you are wondering… the street price of the SOG Force often falls just under $100.
And to make this knife package into a cool survival kit, add to the sheath pouch your favorite multi-tool and the innovative SOG pocket sharpener and fire starter and you have really nice survival system that is ready to serve you well whether you’re on the battle field or in the back yard.
If you want to save some money or want a smaller knife survival knife, see my reviews of the SOG Seal Pup, the Gerber LMF II, the Gerber Prodigy or for beginners and at less than half the price, the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival knife might be a nice place to start. If you want a more aggressive combat, survival or tactical knife, see my reviews of the Gerber LHR, the SOG Seal Team Elite, the Gerber Silver Trident or the Schrade Extreme Survival Special Forces knife. For your convenience I’ve included links to the SOG Force and all of the other knives and gear that I’ve mentioned, throughout this review. Love the review; it IS an excellent all around survival type knife that can be pressed into duty for nearly anything. I was wondering if, based on your experience the spine of the blade used is suitable to strike a firesteel I.e. David: Yes, you should be able to strike a ferro rod with the spine side of the Force by the handle but you may need to take a flat file to the coating on the top of the spine. Now the beauty of the GearPODs system is that you can build your own survival kit by selecting from 9 pre-assembled, single kits OR you can select a pre-assembled multi-kit like the GearPODs Wilderness System. Not only does GearPODs offer pre-made kits… the system is designed for you to build and expand your own survival system to suit your needs. So the ability of the GearPODs system to be customized and be changed and upgraded over time is the true genius behind this line. The PODs themselves come in 4 sizes and can be attached to each other in any arrangement you choose through the use of these rugged, double threaded connectors and caps. So let’s take a look at what this kit includes – starting with the Health and First Aid kit. The GearPODs health kit is a compact, yet comprehensive first aid kit for treating common outdoor ailments and injuries and is kept safe in a Medium POD. And one of the most helpful features of this, and every other kit in the GearPODs line is a kit inventory… or contents sheet. Another aspect of the GearPODs Health kit, is that even with all of this gear it still has quite a bit more room left in the POD for you to add additional items if you like. Next let’s look at the GearPODs Shelter Kit that provides a basic emergency shelter system to help you stay warm and dry in an emergency.
The Shelter Kit includes a lightweight, orange, silicon-coated, ripstop, nylon tarp system, with some nylon cord, 6 line tensioners and a thermal emergency blanket to keep you warm or for use as a large rescue reflector. The Adventure Tarp System is all packed neatly in an orange stuff sack, with very good directions and illustrations on how to set the whole rig up.
First I found 2 trees that were about 8 feet apart that had a nice patch of level ground between them. Then I rough-measured and cut a length of nylon cord long enough to wrap around each small tree and have enough left over to install the tensioners.
Next, I installed the nylon cord with tensioners and strung my line about 3 feet above the ground between the two trees and tightened the cord using the tensioners. The kit’s instructions with helpful diagrams made installing the center cord and tensioners easy. Then I cut my existing cord into 4 lengths and tied each length to the loop on each corner of the tarp using a bowline knot (which the instructions show you how to tie). Next I made 4 tent stakes with branches using my survival knife and pushed them firmly into the ground. Although a taut line knot is easy enough to tie… just don’t lose your line tensioners and you’ll be fine.


When I was finished with the Adventure Tarp System, it came down in about 2 or 3 minutes and packed up nicely, in the stuff sack and POD and is all ready to go next time. Inside the Cook Mug we have another stuff sack that contains a boatload of quality and useful survival gear as well as a wind shield for the cook stove. In the stuff sack there is a one-handed fire starter… which is similar to a butane lighter without the fuel. Then flick the striker wheel with your finger to get sparks… It seems like every time I use a fire starter like this, it takes me a few tries to light the tinder. Nonetheless… this fire starter works fine with a little persistence and can be a life saver in an emergency. You would use these matches to ignite the solid fuel cook stove tablets since they are not designed to ignite using sparks.
AND for extra safety, the kit includes a Fresnel Lens that can focus sunlight on tinder to start a fire. Also included is a little Mini-LED flashlight with a battery that GearPODs says will last for over 24 hours of continuous use. It’s not the brightest torch we’ve seen, but it is certainly sufficient for a survival situation and we like its long battery life for sure. Next, let’s look at the break-resistant container with fish hooks, a swivel, sinkers, safety pins and a sewing needle. For a blade, the POD comes with a folding razor blade knife with a pretty sturdy fold-out handle and blade guard that extends the usefulness and safety of this tool.
I’d still want to have a survival knife along… but if I didn’t, there’s a lot that can be done with this blade.
There is also a folding jig saw blade for cutting wood or metal, with a similar handle to the razor blade knife.
A 30 inch or 76 centimeter long roll of duct tape is included for repairs or emergency first aid. 4 sheets of weatherproof stationary and a pencil with a cap are handy for keeping a journal, leaving a message, drawing plans or maps. Signaling with a mirror is one of the most effective ways to get help since on a clear day a flash from a mirror can be seen up to 20 miles or about 32 kilometers away. This survival guide tells AND shows you how to use many of the items in the GearPODs Survival Pro Kit and, like in the other GearPODs kits, it lists the contents so you can do a periodic inventory to ensure that your kit is ready to go.
Once you get the solid fuel going, place the windscreen with the vent holes facing down wind and place your Cook Mug on the stove base. Now to remove your cook mug from the stove, be careful NOT to touch the wind screen… it’s HOT!!! Also, if solid fuel is not your gig… our you want a backup fuel source, GearPODs offers this denatured alcohol burner system. Another cool thing about the Gear PODs system is that each pod is about the width of a water bottle so it can easily slip into water bottle pockets or into packs.
GearPODs also offers adjustable POD cases in digital camo and black that are designed to further protect your gear and make it easy to strap your PODs onto stuff like bug out bags and backpacks. Surprisingly, there are NOT a ton of reviews or comments on the GearPODs system available… this may be due to GearPODs NOT being available on Amazon until recently.
But all of the comments we have found have been very positive highlighting the innovative and well thought-out design, the completeness of each kit, the ruggedness and quality of the pods and gear, and the ability of this system to be customized to fit about any survival need.
We took off half a star because the although the GearPods system is nearly perfect in every way, it is not small or pocketable. And it’s great that the GearPODs system is totally modular, so no matter what your budget, you can start building your Ultimate Survival Kit today. The GearPODs Wilderness Survival Kit is great for Bug Out Bags, Emergency Kits, Get Home Bags, Disaster Preparedness, Camping, Canoeing, Hiking, Backpacking, Extreme Adventures, Hunting, Fishing, Snowmobile, Four Wheeler and Vehicle Emergency Kits. If you want a smaller more basic and pocketable survival kit, check my reviews of the Bear Grylls Basic, Ultimate or Scout Essentials Kits, or the Adventure Medical – SOL Origin Survival Kit.
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The handle is notched in a diagonal checkered pattern at all the right places for maximum grip. Full tang is regarded by most knife experts as the strongest possible construction technique. Four of the rivets have grommets holes through them… this is cool for lashing the sheath to stuff or tying the bottom of the sheath to your leg to keep it from flopping around. Survival knife collectors often hold the SOG Seal Team Elite as their best knife and overall ratings of this knife come in well over 4 out of 5 stars. I am subscribed, a devoted fan and I would love to e-mail you because I have a few requests for you to review and I don’t want you to have any pressure from any outside readers. So, for those who haven’t been through a Hurricane, here are some tips that make sense and will actually help you weather the storm and a power outage.
It’s not fresh OJ, but it’s juice, and the Tropicana doesn’t taste weird like the minute made does. This will give you “flushing water” as well as water you can use with a washcloth to “wash the vitals”, and have a large bowl or bucket you can use to scoop it into your toilet tank. If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down… oh yea, this is getting personal!!! Put the items you think you might use first in the front of the freezer, and other items you think you might use lastly, toward the back or underneath other items. Most Hurricanes are very wet and lots of water can be collected off the roof for bathing, dishwashing, toilets etc.
Here is a VERY helpful Infographic to help you know the signs of, and treat hypothermia before it’s too late.
It think we always want to think that we “got a great deal” but in reality with knives, you generally get what you pay for. This balance make the knife feel lighter than it actually is and allows it to be quite agile, for a knife of this size. It stuck almost every throw and usually ended up closer to my intended target than the SOG throwing knives. This pommel comes to a point which makes it a bit better for breaking things like glass than the flat-ended pommel on the SOG Seal Team Elite. Plus Velcro can be noisy in the field which is a more important consideration for combat and tactical knives. Many say that the SOG Force is built for a lifetime of use… and often comment that with the tough, over molded handle, there’s really nothing to wear out. Of course it’s not the cheapest survival knife but if you want a rock solid survival knife that is going to last… save your pennies and consider the SOG Force.
You can personalize the look of you GearPODs kit by selecting from 7 different colors of caps and connectors including, black, blue, tan, orange, yellow, red and green. The key to using Tinder Quick with any fire starter is that you need to pull one end apart like a cotton ball. It’s so practical that these sharp and pointy items are packaged in this container so they don’t rip through the stuff sack, or poke things… like fingers when fishing around for gear in the stuff sack.
Each tablet is designed to treat 1 liter of water against viruses, bacteria and other nasty stuff. Mine came with the mirror side a little blemished around the edges, but this didn’t reduce its performance at all.
So it’s not a viable every day carry item unless you carry around something like a day pack with you, everywhere you go. And for a very nice, ready-made kit, that is NOT modular, see my review of the Henry Survival Kit. Because I usually don’t carry a belt while swimming, so I want to strap it to my leg. I recently looked on SOGS website and the knife is $187.98 is this a new model is it better in some ways ? In a former life she thinks she must have been a farmer because she loves farms, and even the smell of farms.  She likes playing in the dirt, growing her own food, cooking and being inspired by everything around her. And one at the center of the sheath just below where the point of the knife and internal blade guard rests.



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