I debated on if I should include it or not. The not won out as it is so different from the PowerLocks. I also debated on having the BlackTip included with the PowerAssist, but it needed to be next to the Sailing Tool. Just how I organize things in my mind.
See the differences in the scissor grind? It looks like SOG made this change during the OG CrossCut's production, rather than with the introduction of the 2.0 like I had originally assumed. I wonder if there is a TiNi CrossCut with the more acute (older?) scissor grind?
Quote from: sLaughterMed on May 20, 2016, 10:25:36 PMSee the differences in the scissor grind? It looks like SOG made this change during the OG CrossCut's production, rather than with the introduction of the 2.0 like I had originally assumed. I wonder if there is a TiNi CrossCut with the more acute (older?) scissor grind?Hmmm, this aroused my curiosity, so I had a look at all my USA Crosscuts and CrossGrips.I only have one TiN CrossCut (they are hard to find), and it has the less acute (newer ?) scissor grind. It does have the (older ?) hex screws.Then I checked on my SS CrossCuts. 3 had the less acute (newer ?) scissor grind, while one (# 671) had the more acute/complex (older ?) scissor grind. All had hex screws and "SOG, USA" stamped around the scissors pivot (the USA was hidden when they are opened up). I found there were also two different tweezers on CrossCuts as well. One that is much more complex in shape and rotated 90 degrees compared with the simpler tweezers on the other (newer ? ) CrossCuts. The reason I'm guessing the complex tweezers are the original (older?) design is because the simpler (newer?) design would be cheaper to make. I suspect the older tweezers are less common as I only have them on two CrossCuts ( one SS with the older scissor grind and one TiN with the newer scissor grind), while my CrossGrips (all 18 of them) had the newer, simple design.So my guess (based on a limited sample size, but it seems reasonable) is the early days of (USA, not China) CrossXXX production went something like this:CrossCut production started with complex (double grind) scissors and complex tweezers.CrossCut changed to simpler (single grind) scissors, still with complex tweezers.CrossCut changed to simple tweezers.CrossGrip production started with simple tweezers.Does anyone know of any CrossCuts or CrossGrips that are exceptions to the above ? Of course anyone can easily mod these little tools as they are quite easy to pull apart and re-assemble with different components.
Those CrossXXX with different finishes certainly are rare (they almost make the TiN finished versions look "common" ). I think I read somewhere that the "tiger" finished SOG MTs were a special run produced for the US military only, which is why they are so rare.I'm curious why you think SOG started out with the simple tweezers, then moved to the complex tweezers, then reverted back to the simple ones again ?
Great discussion.I emailed SOG a while back and just got a response. A gentleman in Marketing over at SOG is willing to do some digging. I sent him a few questions and time will tell if he is able to find some info for us.Of all the multi-tool manufacturers, I find I know less about SOG. I hope he is able to nail some intro dates, etc for us. Any info he finds and tells me, I will relay to this forum.
I checked my emails and I received a response to a series of questions I had asked SOG. Louis Chan, Marketing Coordinator was kind enough to respond and look up some information. I will post the whole email here for everyone to see. ------------------------------------------------------------- When did each model come to market?· PowerLock – 1998· PowerLock Traveler – 2015· PowerLock w/ V-Cutter – 2007· PowerLock EOD - 2002· PowerAssist – 2008· CrossCut 2.0 – 2010· CrossCut - 2000· PowerPlay – 2016· Reactor – 2016· Pocket PowerPlier – 1998· MacV Tool – 2016· SwitchPlier 2.0 – 2015· SwitchPlier - 2001· ParaTool – 1993· PowerDuo – 2012· ToolClip - 1990· Micro ToolClip - ~1992-93 (est.)· CrossGrip - 2000· Power Plier – 1994-99 (est.)· Vino - 2001Some of these are estimated. I’m basing a lot of the pre-1999 dates off catalogs and we didn’t do catalogs every year.2. I understand that a tiger finished SOG PowerLock was produced...how many of those were produced and for which market? No idea. The few people that I asked have heard about it, but weren’t sure if we did them in-house or it was custom by a distributor or another place.3. What time frame were the TiNi models produced? Gold & black TiNi started in 2000. Gold stopped a 2-4 years after that, I believe. Black TiNi was switched to Black Oxide coating sometime as well.4. Any variations within a models production time line is always good information. For example...model differences or slight variations and when they happened. For example, how long did the first generation ToolClip was produced, then switched over to the second generation. There were a lot of running changes based on testing and feedback from customers. A lot of these weren’t officially documented. Only the CrossCut and SwitchPlier had major updates hence their 2.0 successor. I’m sure you probably know about this page: http://www.sogknives.com/catalog-downloads.htmlIt’s got all our catalogs back to 2006. LOUIS CHAN / Marketing CoordinatorSOG SPECIALTY KNIVES & TOOLS-------------------------------------------------------------