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Where are SOG's made?

Discussion in 'SOG Specialty Knives' started by Applejacks, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. Applejacks

    Applejacks Banned BANNED

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    Dec 9, 2006
    I always thought they were made in the U.S. but a friend of mine swears that they are made overseas.
     
  2. johnu2

    johnu2

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    Jun 5, 2007
    If I'm not mistaken, some are made in the US, some in Seki Japan and some in Taiwan
     
  3. alittle_edgy

    alittle_edgy

    163
    Sep 2, 2006
    Applejacks,
    I used to be a real SOG fan and was headed to toward collecting them, when they up and changed to manufacturing a lot of their knives in Taiwan. They now even make their flagship SOG Bowie in Taiwan. Is there anything wrong with knives made in Taiwan? Maybe, maybe not, but I know they still sell for around the same price. That offends me and now I won't buy a SOG. My other SOG knives were made in Japan, which if I can't have an American made knife I will accept a Japanese made one. Not all are made overseas but enough are that if I'm not sure where it's made I won't buy it. I hope this helps. Oh, and the popular Seal Pup Elite.. also Taiwan...
     
  4. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker

    Jul 9, 2000
    What is the knife in Question? SOG knives are made in the USA, Japan, Taiwan and only the Fusion line in China.

    The Flagship Bowie is made in Japan same with the Tigershark, SEAL 2000, SEAL pup Pentagon, Mini Pentagon and others. Can't rememebr which are the USA made knives, would have to look that up and don't have time right now. I know that some of the newer knives are from Taiwan including the Field Pup. Give us a specific knife you want to know about and one of us can look it up for you. :)

    Heber
     
  5. wildmanh

    wildmanh Part time Leather Bender/Sheath maker

    Jul 9, 2000
    Mr. Edgy, when was the SOG Bowie changed from Japan to Taiwan? I'm sure [email protected] and Spencer Frazer would like to know, Because last time I talked to the people at SOG the SOG Bowie was still made in Japan. Along with all the other knives made in Japan. A few months ago [email protected] was on here telling us that the SOGs made in Japan are still made there, a company rep tells us where it's made I tend to believe him

    Heber
     
  6. statmonster

    statmonster

    Mar 30, 2007
    My Arcitech and Sculptura are made in Japan. My Super Bowie is made in Taiwan. My Blink and Meridian are made in the USA.

    I have no complaints as to fit and finish or materials of any of them.

    Dave
     
  7. Applejacks

    Applejacks Banned BANNED

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    Dec 9, 2006
    Very helpful, thank you. I feel much the same way. I think I too will head in another direction. Thanks.
     
  8. Chris@SOG

    [email protected] Moderator Moderator

    903
    Oct 21, 2003
    We have not changed manufacture of any knife to Taiwan. We have introduced new models from Taiwan but did not move the manufacture of any knife from Japan to Taiwan. Some of the Taiwan models introduced are replacements of Japanese versions but we have taken steps the differentiate them from the Japanese versions. For example the Trident was made in Japan, we discontinued that model and introduced the Trident 2.0, which is made in Taiwan.


    Not true at all. The SOG Bowie is still made in Japan as it has always been.


    Once again not true. We did introduce a lower priced version , the SOG Bowie 2.0, that is made in Taiwan but the original SOG Bowie is still made in Japan. You need to check your facts before making statements like that.

    If you are not sure where they are made just ask and yes the SEAL Pup Elite is made in Taiwan. I have been very upfront about this info and have posted in the past see this post...

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4345198#post4345198

    I hope this clears things up and if you have more questions please let me know.
     
  9. alittle_edgy

    alittle_edgy

    163
    Sep 2, 2006
    Dear Sirs,
    If I have stated something that is incorrect, I apologize. The fact remains that if a large number of a brand are made in Taiwan, I'm not buying them. I've bought too many only get to get them and see that they are made elsewhere. Do you think the lay-person will know the difference between a Trident and a Trident 2.0. I guess I didn't. You are within your rights to correct me if I have said something that is incorrect. However, the shift to making a number of SOG products in Taiwan has been a real turn off for me. Applejacks, buy a SOG if you would like to. It may or may not be made in Taiwan. I think I'm within my rights as a consumer to buy what I like, and have an opinion. Thank you for correcting me. I might go get the SOG Bowie that is made in Japan as I had wanted it for a long time.

    I'm not trying to be snippy and did not mean to pass off any invalid information. Consider me corrected.
     
  10. Culpeper

    Culpeper Banned BANNED

    Jul 1, 2007
    I think the Taiwan thing is just a bug-a-boo that can be settled by educating the consumer of the difference in the manufacturing process between Japan and Taiwan. Nevertheless, there is a listing in the forum showing which knives are made in Seki and which ones are made in Taiwan, which is listed above.
     
  11. Bazzaa

    Bazzaa

    26
    Sep 6, 2007
    So why did SOG move some of their production to Taiwan?

    I can truly understand if it was purely for cost saving purposes - so that a greater part of the international public could afford these beautiful knives at a reduced price. I'll take my hat off to that.

    But, can SOG still gaurantee on paper the same craftmanship and QC standards?
     
  12. Bazzaa

    Bazzaa

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    Sep 6, 2007
    Chris, I'm only adding oil to the fire here but... having noticed on your website's Fixed Blade section that none of the knives actually indicate on their blades where they are manufactured.

    I kinda have to agree with Edgy, even though I knew that the blades are made with the same keen eye, I would feel much more reassured if the blade was stamped with USA, Japan, Germany (whatever) or just plain SOG. Taiwan... its just not the same - they manufacture plastic dog sh#t as well you know.

    "What the eye don't see can't hurt the heart".
     
  13. BubbaGanew

    BubbaGanew

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    Oct 29, 2005
    Actually I thought the same thing when I received my GOV-TAC but when I got my TECH BOWIE it did show TAIWAN on the blade where SIKI-JAPAN used to be. The GOV-TAC showed nothing so your half right.
     
  14. Bazzaa

    Bazzaa

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    Sep 6, 2007
    Ah! I'll take a half a point then, thanks mate. Still, it said "Taiwan"...;)
     
  15. never too sharp

    never too sharp

    Mar 7, 2007
    I've heard our(US) import laws require the assisted openers be manufactured here. Is there foundry work done in the US, or just assemblage?
     
  16. ashtxsniper

    ashtxsniper

    Oct 28, 2006
    I hate having Taiwan printed on my knives. When I got my Seal Team Elite I blacked it out till it matched the finish. Sog is the only company that I will buy Taiwan made knives from. I am starting to not want to buy any more knives that are manufactured in Taiwan even if they are from Sog
     
  17. Applejacks

    Applejacks Banned BANNED

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    Dec 9, 2006
    Where are the Twitchs made?
     
  18. 555

    555

    Feb 5, 2007
    I've learned my lesson, I always thought of SOG being made in the USA.

    I ordered one on line and made the mistake of not looking into where it was made first and yes I ended up with one made in China.

    I will not make that mistake again.
     
  19. Culpeper

    Culpeper Banned BANNED

    Jul 1, 2007
    Anyway, the original Special Operations Group ordered blades from a number of different manufacturers throughout the Orient. But not China. China was sort of on the side of North Vietnam at that time, which makes the heritage behind the name of the company sort of ironic. But when South Vietnam was defeated by North Vietnam and the entire country became the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, it was then invaded by China for a brief period in 1979, if that is any comfort. Today, China and Vietnam each have about 30 Divisions deployed along their shared borders. I bet there are more Chinese troops carrying an SOG than Vietnamese.

    BTW, I went to the Mens' Warehouse to buy an Italian brand name suit that was on sale. I got the suit but the damn thing was made in Vietnam. I bet there are more Vietnamese wearing Italian name brand suits than Chinese.
     
  20. Bazzaa

    Bazzaa

    26
    Sep 6, 2007
    LOL!

    Wel, Culpeper, I think you would be surprised if you knew how many of the USA's digital warfare systems are actually designed and manufactured in the Republic of South Africa. It just gets swinged between sales agents and go-between companies.

    Anyway, deviating from the initial point of the thread. Why hasn't Chris added any comments about Taiwan yet?
     

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