SOG Knives: SOG Seal Pup Elite Knife Review

If I had to pick one knife to keep with me at all times, it would be SOG’s Seal Pup Elite. This knife is Sharp, VERY SHARP, and it holds its edge better than 90% of the knives on the market.

Sog Seal Pup Elite with Nylon Sheath

The Seal Pup Elite is based on the same design that Navy SEALS use, so you know this knife is designed to take a beating. During testing, I threw everything I had at this knife. After cutting everything I could get my hands, and abusing this knife beyond what would be considered normal use, I’m extremely impressed by its durability and edge retention. After years of abuse, the SOG still holds an edge just as well as the day I got it and has no noticeable fracturing or edge-chipping.

Seal Pup Knife Specs

THE BLADE: The knife has a full tang US8 stainless steel blade that’s undergone SOG’s proprietary Cryogenic Heat Treatment process. SOG says this process strengthens the steel on an atomic level, increasing the blade’s durability and edge retention. While I can’t scientifically confirm the truth in that statement, I can say that my testing confirms that this was one tough blade. After going through their proprietary treatment process, the knife is then coated in titanium nitride which is supposed to help further strengthen the knife.

Close up of the Seal Pup Elite Blade

THE SIZE: The overall length of the blade came in at 4.85 inches, with the whole knife measuring in at 9.5 inches long. It weighs in at a comfortable 5.4 ounces, making it easy to carry for just about anyone.

Close up of the Handle of the Knife

THE HANDLE is made with a glass-reinforced Zytel, with added finger grooves to give it a better ergonomic feel. It’s very comfortable in the hand and the design helps prevent fatigue and hot spots even after long periods of use. The textured scales make it extremely easy to grip, even in the water or during wet conditions. It’s my go to knife when I’m out on the water because the grip is probably one of the best I’ve found when wet.

The Seal Pup Elite Sheath with a multi-tool in the pocket


It may sound weird, but I absolutely love this sheath. I can’t tell you how many sheaths I’ve gone through on some of my other knives, but I can tell you this one has outlasted them all. I updated this review to let the readers know that six years later this thing looks almost the same as the day I got it. It’s made with reinforced Nylon, with a Kydex insert that protects the blade and stops it from moving around inside the sheath. It also has a pocket that is large enough to hold a multi-tool and a small flashlight or lighter.

This Knife has held up to everything I’ve thrown at it including,

  1. Cutting wood, meats, leather, rope, and basically anything I’ve needed to cut over the years. When I first posted this review, I did so after only a couple weeks of using the knife. Six years later and it’s still one of my favorite and most used knives that I own. For the last six years, I’ve used this knife to do everything from cut materials down in my shop, to using it as my primary blade when hunting and fishing. I’m still impressed with the blades ability to hold an edge over time.
  2. Using it on numerous occasions for Batoning. I love its ability to double as a pretty decent bushcraft knife. In my opinion, every survival knife should be able to hold up to this type of abuse, otherwise, what’s the point of carrying it. After years of abuse, and using it numerous times for splitting log after log, the knife still holds its edge with no visible damage to the blade.
  3. Using the blade point to open cans, notch wood, and jamming it into chunks of wood to see if it would break (it hasn’t!)
  4. Wet Conditions. I use this knife when fishing all the time so it’s always getting wet. I’ve also done a few salt water tests, letting it sit for weeks at a time in a bucket of salt water, and it’s never caused any damage or rust on the blade.

Why I Recommend the SOG Seal Pup Elite

  1. The knife is extremely sharp right out of the box and holds its edge without needing a whole lot of maintenance.
  2. I believe its hands down one of the best survival knives I’ve ever seen or used.
  3. It’s lightweight and a great knife for those looking to keep their pack weights down.
  4. I have seen some complaints from people, who didn’t like the nylon sheath, but you won’t hear any coming from me; in fact, I actually really like the sheath. It’s durable as hell and can take a beating. It also makes a nice little EDC survival kit, with the pocket giving you enough room to stash a small multitool, a lighter, and flashlight.
  5. The handles grip is top notch, and I really like the way this knife feels in my hand. The handle, which is made from glass-reinforced Zytel, has a textured feel that makes it literally stick to your hands. On a side note, I like the Seal Pup Elite’s handle over the normal Seal Pup because of its thicker and deeper finger grooves.

Looking for a Good Sog Knife? I recommend one of these Sog Knives.


  1. Joe
    June 30, 2008 at 8:03 am

    Very Nice!

    I have had one of the regular seal Pups for awhile and I love it. I have actually been thinking about getting one of the elites for awhile. I think I might have to now. I really like the blade on the Elite. I don’t use the serrated edge much on the pup so I think The elite would be perfect.

    • ARC
      December 14, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      One thing you should know about SOG. The majority of their knives are made in China. Take a good look at the fixed blade knives they produce now and compare it to the older original U.S. made knives. If you own a SOG with a thin blade compared to the older thick blades then you just got suckered out of a lot of money. Also if you are looking to buy a real fixed blade military fighting knife, you should focus on the blood grove and a High Carbon Steel blade.

      • Sunlightred
        June 29, 2016 at 10:39 am

        Thank you for that I fo. Now please tell what you would recommend.

  2. Trevor J.
    September 25, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Very cool, I was trying to decide between the seal pup and another brand but I think I am going to give the SOG a try. I like that the seals use it, if it’s good enough for them I’m sure it will do the job when I need it.

    • Brandon
      January 4, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      I don’t think the SEALs use it… I’m pretty sure they use Mark III Mod 0 or Ka Bar USN combat knife…

  3. Zach
    December 2, 2008 at 10:26 am

    There is no better knife than a SOG. I have 2 of them and I love them.

    • dave
      March 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      i have purchased and tried three different brands of knives- a gerber bear grylls-a sog seal pup-and a cold steel srk-after a grueling 30 day test my picks from first to last are 1.cold steel srk 2.gerber bgrylls and 3 the sog

  4. Robert
    June 12, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I get a lot of emails asking about the Sog So i bumped this up on the posts

  5. June 21, 2009 at 3:24 am

    I have this exact same knife and agree with your review. It’s a knife you can have trust in and carry in many different ways thanks to the very clever nylon sheath. I’ve put mine through he’ll and it’s still razor sharp and looking almost brand new. I chose this one over the standard Pup because of the size, it’s perfect. A truly fantastic knife, made to be used, and at a great price. I highly recommend.

  6. August 12, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Great review. I love my SOG knives! I carry the FlashII daily and it’s almost worn out from SEVERE abuse! This knife has taken EVERYTHING.

    December 4, 2009 at 4:57 am


    • richy
      January 11, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      the kydex sheath will mount anyway you can imagine even without the safety strap. however not recommended because i took the strap of and shook it as hard as i could for a long time and eventually it did fall out slicing my hand open. which brings me to the reviewers opinion as fact as i am sitting here with only 3 fingers and a thumb

  8. Kesten
    January 27, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Great review. That’s my next suvival knife!

  9. Thanks for this post! I have been looking for a good knife for my husband and I. I think this is the one. The information you provided was great. Keep it up!

  10. Alex Herzog
    June 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I bought one based on your recommendation. Its a great knife.. very impressed. I have a couple of glock knives, which are also highly durable (big surprise, right!) but they aren’t hunting knives, definitely more combat oriented. (Which is not a bad thing mind you) The SOG pup is now in my outdoors bag. Thanks for the review.

  11. Shawn
    July 21, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I would like for you guys to test out some of the knives from Gray Man knives, preferrably the Warrior. Please post all the feedback, the good and the bad. Thanks guys. -SHAWN

  12. jasper
    November 22, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I agree with swgerberknives. Can we get a side by side look at the gerber lmf 2.

  13. DatsRight
    December 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Don’t forget the full sized Ka-Bar.

  14. TheNorthernSurvivalist
    December 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    ESSE RAT, Ka Bar, and Mora for me. However, I may try the SOG Seal pup elite, but most knife makers cringe when they hear SOG and say they would only trust it to slice their ham sandwich. They seem a bit biased and probably don’t like the fact that it is made in China.

  15. Joe Ballard
    January 8, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I have two of these SOG SEAL pups and and one full size and I think they are the best knife for the money. I have approx 15 “count on” knives and these would be at the top of my list. The Navy SEALs actually carry these albeit the larger version usually. I also like Gerber and Leatherman has also made a few knives that I like.
    As far as SOG being made in China, of my three one each was from China, Japan, Taiwan under SOG standards and guidelines. I prefer American made when it the same quality and cost effective, but union pay scales have pretty much made that impossible

    • Walt
      September 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      I am unaware of any union knifemakers anywhere. As for the SOG being made in China, that cancels it out for me. Chinese have very little quality control.

      • KenHash
        January 7, 2015 at 10:49 am

        The SOG Seal PUP was made in Seki Japan until about 2006. After that SOG moved production of the Seal PUP AND added the Seal PIP ELITE under manufacture in Taiwan. Taiwan is not China. SOG’s fusion line and lowest priced products are made in China.

  16. tony
    February 24, 2011 at 1:15 am

    have you done any reviews on the ontario knives like the rtak II.

  17. PGFive0
    February 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Why not carry both? You can go back and forth about whether or not the SOG Seal Pup Elite is better than the Gerber LMF II. Each knife has excellent qualities that can be trusted. The Gerber LMF II has an excellent sheath that I use as a drop holster attached to my left leg while I carry the SOG Seal Pup Elite on my vest. No matter how you arrange them there is always room for both. These knives can take a beating and still dish it out reliably. Always remember, one = none (and two may still not be enough).

  18. tyler
    March 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    i agree that its a good knife but it has many flaws including that if you drop it the handle stars coming losse.

  19. Don
    May 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I was going to buy one until I found out they are made in China

    • Joe
      December 1, 2013 at 9:25 am

      not all are made in China there made in 3 diffrent places. if you want one made in the US call SOG and thell get one for you not to hard

    • KenHash
      January 7, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Seal PUPs have NEVER been made in China and they aren’t now. They are made in Taiwan.

  20. ztar
    May 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    don,almost evrything is made in china Schrade,smith & wesson,coleman,im not sure about gerber i own older knives from gerber that were made in the u.s.a.,. the only thing i can think of thats still made in the usa is marlin, i think i cant say for sure , so good luck looking for u.s.a made stuff especily weapons or camping equipment.unless you buy older knives and camping gear.

    • Too Many Chiefs
      November 22, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Buck Still makes knives in Post Falls Idaho, same with 10/22 mags and reloaders that are made for Bushnell in Couer d alene ID

    • weaponkid
      May 21, 2013 at 6:50 am

      Kabar and gerber are made in the USA

      • blkcat
        November 18, 2013 at 5:44 pm

        I’ve been looking at getting a Ka-Bar 1277. From the reviews, it will fit the purpose that I’m getting it for. Only complaint is the sheath. Anyone know a sheath that will fit a 9″ Ka-Bar that is a bit more rugged than the crap one it comes with?

    • Carl W. Livingston
      May 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Everything I own that is Gerber is made in China…

      But I love my SOG Pup…

      • MountainMan
        February 12, 2015 at 4:58 pm

        There are some Gerber knives made here in the U.S., but they are becoming fewer and far between in their product lineup. One of their U.S. made knives I have that has really held up to abuse is the Prodigy.

    • MountainMan
      February 12, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      It depends on the product from almost all of these product lines. Buck, Gerber, and SOG all have knives made both abroad and here in the U.S. The Seal Pup is made in Japan AUS-6 steel, the Seal Pup Elite is AUS-8 made in Taiwan… I’ve got both and both are tough as hell. They aren’t Chinese junk by a long shot. The knives that all three of the above listed brands have made in China I wouldn’t spend $2 on. They have all proven to be junk in my experience. It’s just a way to have a product in those price ranges to compete with other junk products at the lower end products. They don’t seem to realize it tarnishes their reputations as people will sometimes associate everything they make as being poor quality chinese junk after they have bought one of them.

    • Lane
      February 2, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      So wrong. Kah-bar and Ontario (just to name a couple) are made in the good ol USA. Not saying the SOG isnt a fine knife, but if im going to buy a knife to trust my life on post shtf situation it will be USA made.

  21. Nico
    May 20, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Buck knives are still made in the USA and have some great knives to choose from. I have several and have been very happy with their quality ease of use. Give them a try.

    • Kym
      February 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Just bought a buck and the dang thing says made in china on the back.

    • JohnG
      March 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      If you are looking for a great knife from Buck, check out the CSAR-t. It designed by Buck and Tops out of Idaho. Just got the fixed blade version and its a sturdy tool.

  22. ztar
    May 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    here another thing, american made products ,the machinery to make them was almost certainly made in china.but i forgot about buck my dad owns one or two and he says there great.

  23. Gene Busbey
    June 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Nico, if you do a double check, you will find not all Buck knives are being made in America. They are in fact farming out production as well to overseas plants. Sad but true.

  24. Novice Survivalist
    June 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I love SOG. I don’t buy any other knives if I can help it. They are a bit pricey but I’ve had my Sog twitch (fold knife) for many years and it’s still durable and good at whatever I throw at it.
    I also bought the SOG Tactical Fusion Tomahawk. It’s great as a multi tool and clearing camps and doesn’t take up much room. Fun to throw too. I have not bought a SOG PUP yet. But definately plan too.
    Great review.

  25. The (Navy) Chief's Wife
    August 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Sounds like the knife to have – I believe we have at least one…

    Just one little note —- its SEAL when refering to the Special Navy guys…..

  26. JG
    September 8, 2011 at 7:26 am

    BADASS! Wonderful blade. Mine was forged in Sekia, Japan so its doubly badass. SEAL approved so it will save ur live a few times over! Great for SEAR & E&E & a mean lil death dealer she is too! Only others I’d be caught dead with is the larger version, my TOPS Tom Brown Tracker, & my CRKT M-16SF!

  27. Ken
    September 27, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Great knife, but I have a personal affection of my KA-BAR.

    • R
      June 20, 2015 at 8:38 am

      I’ve had my kabar for 15 years and I’ve taken it everywhere, and it has taken a pounding. I love it and it is my favorite of my 20 knives.

  28. Russ
    September 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    The SOG Seal Pup Elite, with TiNi coating, kydex sheath, and plain edge, is the absolute best knife you can get – for the money (about $85 on Amazon when I purchased it about a year ago).

    One caviat: DON’T get the serrated version of any knife. The serrated part just gets wrecked, especially if you use the knife to chop wood.

    • Billy
      July 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      I myself am a big fan of the Becker Crewman. I have had mine since about 2003 and have no complaints what so ever. Its a little big and slightly heavy but I knew that before I bought it. Great nylon sheath with kydex insert and front pocket with slight bellow big enough for a GI magnesium fire starter.

  29. Donald
    October 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    For the record the US Navy SEALs do not have an official SEAL knife. In BUD/S they use the Cold Steel SRK. SOG may be American owned, but may of their knives are made in Japan and other Asian countries. I would rather have a Kabar or Kabar BKT some alleged Specwar knife.

    • chris
      November 28, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Well, as a survival / prepper knife I would go with Kabar as this is missing several key features including a workable quillon to protect your hand when stabbing, or blocking and enough of a pummel on the handle to get positive pressure when extracting the knife.

  30. Jake
    October 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    this knife is one of the best if not the top. ive had my eye on this for about three years and its still top of the market. ive used it many times and ive yet to sharpen it. another great tip for this knife is to wrap some 550 paracord around the handle. makes the handle even more comfortable than before and having extra 550 cord speaks for itself. GREAT KNIFE!

  31. Marcus
    October 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I have carried my seal pup elite for 5 years now and put it through absolute hell for abuse. Though well maintained it has seen very rough times. There is no other like a seal pup. This knife is the definition of tough and reliable. It holds an edge extremely well, hasn’t rusted in the least bit even being covered in mud and shoved back in the sheath for days at a time on long adventures in the woods. Very comfortable handle, Great size of both handle and blade, tough sheath, and black TiNi finish is the most durable I have ever seen! Over all I would recommend this knife to absolutely anyone! and IF something were to happen to the one i currently have I would not hesitate to own another.

  32. Odinson
    December 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Between the SOG Seal Pup, my KABAR, my Cold Steel Recon 1, and my Leatherman Supertool, I’m ready to take on anything. admittedly, the Seal Pup is going to be my last resort knife. The KABAR will still be the work horse of my knives.

  33. brian kudalis
    January 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I like this knife too. But I think it could be a little longer. About an inch. If you have the money. I’d say Randel knife Co.Florida makes the best. And for a really good cheap knife that is strong and can take a punishing it is the Buck knife hunter with the Black grips and bowie style blade. It comes in three different sizes. Chuck noris had one attached to his web harness in one of those Vietnam movies he did when he went back and rescued some POWs. But definitely stay away from the Gerbers. Their blades are brittle and the tang is just epoxied into the handle. The guards on the aluminum handles even snap off under pressure.

  34. brian kudalis
    January 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I went back and read all these tweets or whatever you call them. Yeah I too agree that the K-bar is a great workhorse. I had one from world war II that I refurbished . It was practically indestructible. But you know you can still get a Buck knife sharper. And a Randel looks great on your belt.

  35. Shane
    January 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    SOG’s are great knifes, but anybody who knocks gerber(Brian kudalis) hasn’t tried the LMF 2 ASEK, or just simply the LMF2. But none the less that’s why I have both a SOG seal pup and a Gerber so I don’t have to worry about that. But a lot has to do with your knowledge of bushcraft. It wouldn’t matter if you had a million dollar knife with you in the woods. Your ability to use it will determine whether you survive or not

  36. PeterAV
    February 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I don’t trust Gerber any more.
    They refuse to tell you what type of steel they use and they do break. No thanks. I will stick to my USMC KA-BAR. Looks like the SOG is a winner as well, but I don’t have one yet.

  37. Tim Harp
    February 5, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I got the KaBar BK&T BK7. Handle fits my paw better than the SOG. I like the 1095 steel better then the AUS8.

  38. Maddog
    February 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Gerber BMF Big and tough Rember 2 is one and one is none

  39. Hawk Eye
    February 19, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Knife brands… “which one is better?” is the common thing I hear. It really depends on the model. I have the seal pup elite with a kydex sheath and it is a good one. I can use it in the backcountry or at depth in the ocean, with equal ease. Most of my knives are different brands, because in each knife type category there are a couple companies that make the best options. In fact, most of these companies have more than one designer, and some even have joint collaboration with others. This can make for some really great models. What exactly do you expect your knife to do, and what are you going to use it for. Answer these questions first, then you will make a better decision.

  40. Don
    February 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I have a SOG Pentagon. I love it and have carried it for years…horrible thing is that the leather sheath finally wore out. Anyone know where i can get just the sheath for it? Thanks for any help you can give me.

    • Nunya
      July 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Try ebay. Or you could contact a leatherworker to make one for you.

    • Justin
      January 28, 2014 at 12:53 am

      2 years late, but try sogs website they sell sheaths for all their knives

  41. Justin Levi
    February 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    the regular SOG seal pup is made in taiwan.

    …is the elite U.S. made?

  42. Aj
    March 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    They use a whole array of knives. There is no “official knife,” contrary to what you read. Good knife though.

    • Chris
      November 28, 2012 at 9:55 am

      I hope you are right. I would like to think a military unit would use more of a fighting oriented type of knife. If you really want to know what goes into a combat knife you should check out maineprepper on youtube and his videos on what makes a knife combat capable.

  43. Justin
    March 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

    The seal pup elite is a great knife, I just ordered a second one. a couple issues though, the article states that the seal pup is based off the knife that the SEALs use, this is inaccurate, the standard dive knife issued at BUD/s is the Cold Steel SRK, once in the teams the knife used is largely up to the individual operator. Also, the new kydex sheath is not set up for LBE as it has no lashing points, it comes as a belt compatible only unit.

    • Justin
      March 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Also, the seal pup is a great LBE blade, but sucks as a dedicated survival knife since it’s a little on the small side, and is quite lite. the seal team elite (which I also own) is much better suited for a survival bladt, though I prefer a full flat grind such as the RAT-7 or KA-BAR heavy bowie.

  44. Jay
    March 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

    So far, this knife has been great for me. The blade really does hold an edge, even after putting it through its paces. Yesterday was a great day outside, so I came home from work, and got to work. Built a fire, split some big timber, got out my gear and cooked supper over the fire. Good practice for me, and good test of the knife. My only complaints, are the nylon sheath, the knife sometimes wants to skip the sheath, and go between it and the nylon, so I have to be careful when putting it back in. And, I wish for a bit more of a flat spot on the top instead of the rasp. Just a bit less rasp, and enough of a flat edge to get a good strike on a ferro rod. Other than that, I love this blade so far.

  45. Matt
    April 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Hey i waas just wondering if someone has the SOG seal pup (just the regular version) and can give me some advice on it. Thank-you

  46. Chase
    May 1, 2012 at 6:07 am

    This knife is CRAP. I have been in Afghanistan for 11 months and bought this knife before I left. 6 months in, the blade split apart! It is a cheaply made knife and would definitely not buy another for survival reasons. The only thing I was used for was cutting pomegranite’s open, shaving off bark on trees, and making inscriptions into wood. Total garbage knife.

  47. Mike414
    July 5, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Esee 5 or the cold steel rsk much better the rsk is the real knife the seals use and the esee 5 is the survival knife created by air force sere instructors if any one needs to survive its pilots it’s a quarter inch thick and it has a hole in the hilt for a fire bow

    • Mike414
      July 8, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Not too mention esee also makes arrow heads out of the same steel ready to attach to home made arrows

  48. Nunya
    July 19, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Thanks for the suggestion but I think I’ll stick with my 3 Chirra kukri.

  49. BimBam
    October 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    The knife would be perfect if it had a little teeth on the upper edge.

    So many knives I want don’t have this.

    The perfect outdoor/tactical knife would be big, designed like a Bowie knife and have teeth on the upper edge, be black, have a tough handle, and come with a hard sheath option.

    Smaller version for stealth ok too.

  50. Mark
    October 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I have Gerber,several Bucks–and cheap Jim BOWIE KNIFE– For hiking puposes-NOT SURVIVAL–the purpose of the knife is to abuse it-and not to mount it on top of the alter of the fireplace and pray to it–Get a cheap Jim Bowie type of knife to lend to your friends so they can damage it–You can chop wood with it –and dig holes for can garbage and bathroom.

  51. Marcia L
    February 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    How about a knife that fits a woman’s small hands?
    I wear about a size 6 glove. It would have to be light, with very defined finger grooves, well balanced.

  52. Preppers Canyon
    February 19, 2013 at 4:32 am

    I prefer the Gerber Bear Grylls series knives. Has serrated edge, stays sharp and takes a lot of abuse.

  53. Harald
    February 28, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I have a issue British Gurkha Regiment kukri. It works for me.

  54. bahran
    March 27, 2013 at 8:33 am

    i love my sog and gerber survival knives and they are best

  55. Mike B.
    April 1, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    I am currently awaiting my Seal Pup Elite right now but I have owned the Seal Team Elite for a while. I am buying the Pup Elite with the straight edge and kydex sheath as I do a lot of waist deep fishing with my knife at my side. Also, municipal law in my area prevents me from carrying my Seal Team Elite on my side in city limits. If the “Pup Elite” performs even half as well as my “Team Elite” then it will be more than sufficient for me. The AUS8 blade is suited for my Northern B.C. climate better then the carbon steels and still holds an edge near perfectly. (I absolutely hate rust on my blades and oil is no guarantee in as moist a climate as I live in). I have owned the BK2 and gave it up for my Elite and never looked back. SOG to me, is by far my favorite knife maker and they do a damn fine job in the craft. I will own SOG for the majority, if not the rest of my life.

  56. Mike B.
    April 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Well my Seal Pup Elite came in and upon initial opening of the box I was impressed with it. Upon closer inspection though I noticed the grind on the blade is out; 20 degrees on one side and about 30-35 degrees on the other. I don’t know if I got the knife that was ground by a worn out stone or what. I also noticed that near the tip of the blade (About 1/2 inch back) there is a little “striation” on the blade where I can see the grain of the steel to be much more pronounced than the rest of them. I hope this will not be a weak spot and break as this is not a cheap knife and I have not had to test SOG’s lifetime warranty yet. One of the spine rasps on the “tip” of the “wave” design on the spine of the knife closest to the point sticks up above the rest and actually shaves pieces off of the kydex sheath when I pull it out and put it back in. I may be scrutinizing the knife too closely but I will have to test the knife out to know for sure if it holds up to the Seal Team Elite I purchased a while ago. I am however greatly impressed with the kydex sheath and the handle of the knife fits my hand like a glove. Please let me know if anyone on here has had similar characteristics on their knives. Any feedback would be much appreciated.

  57. Mike
    May 4, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I like my blades, and have many different ones, ESEE, Ka-Bar, Cold Steel, Gerber, Mora, Bark River, Fallkniven, and now I finally got the SOG Seal Pup.
    The Mora is on the low budget end with the Bark River on the higher end with the others in the middle.
    The SOG Seal Pup is a good knife, and I would rate it comparable to the Cold Steel Master Hunter performance wise. However, for a survival / bushcrafting setting I prefer the Bark River Bravo II over any of my other fixed blade knives, followed by the ESEE-5 and then the Fallkniven F1 as my top 3. The SOG Seal Pup would fall in 5th or 6th.
    On a side note, I understand from reports that the Bark River Bravo knife made in Michigan is now the knife of choice for the Marines Recon units.

    • weaponkid
      May 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      just wondering where would the kabar becker bk2
      rank in your list?

  58. Mike
    May 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Agreed, ‘knowing’ how to effectively use as a tool and a weapon is critical. Similar to shot placement… some people with their .45 Colt’s laughed at me years ago when I went to the range with a Walther .32, that was until they saw my consistent 3-shot placement at 50-feet.
    For me, my knife is primarily a tool for batoning, skinning, filleting, carving, cutting… and selecting the tool that performs the best is entirely subjective by the user based on edge retention and durability. If it comes to hand-to-hand, which will get bloody for both as a last resort.

  59. Sam Woods
    May 23, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I have 7 or 8 SOG knives and multitools. they are pound for pound the most durable and best built knives on the market. I carry i trident folding knife and a DET tool with me at work and I can’t bust em.

  60. Tim | Adventure Strong
    July 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    The SOG Seal line of knives are among my favorite. Like you noted, it stood up to anything you threw at it. They’re a great value and equally good at survival and defense.

  61. William
    July 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Whoa! You let this baby sit in salt water for 3 days?! Harsh.

    I’m looking at some of the Esee knives out there too. It’s a tough choice…I might have to get one of each. It’s never bad to have more knives!

  62. Padraig
    September 2, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I had one for a year and today it snapped clean in half … I still want it and will return and hopefully get a free one !

  63. Rick
    September 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    After a lot of youtube watching, I got the Schrade SCHF1… It is a great survival/combat knife for the price, and did better in extreem abuse testing than the Chris Reeve which the patent and blueprints were sold to and is made in Tiawan now and. I have a Gerber milti-tool that is great and the knife is so sharp, so now I need a smaller full tang non serrated knife and thinking a wood handle, for cooking and eating and fine carving. I do not think a plastic handle would be good to get hot in a fire when eating or something. And I am not sure about powder coating or duracoating or teflon coating for eating. I am thinking stainless steal, no coating. The schf1 is great for chopping wood, batoning, feathering, and combat etc.. it will go through the roof of a car, and even chop concrete or puncture steel.. it can baton a 4×4, and punch a hole through a 2×4, or hack one in half. For about 50 something bucks, its better than the 300 dollar Chris Reeve project knife. It’s all 1 piece, hollow handle (and removable tool kit in the handle) So no weak points. I am searching for a great smaller full tang wood grip knife, drop point or spear, not sure but maybe a clip point, non serrated stainless steel.

    • Rick
      September 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks for the leads. Those bark River knives are nice. Going to check out cold steel next. Really expensive though. Still looking for a good sharpener and firestarter for the pocket on the sheath of my SCHF1. Also, I like Blackhawk and Tru-Spec tactical gear, pants and vest with lots of pockets and water resistant.. plenty of places to put survival items in. The true spec vest has a place for a water bladder, but I want to get a canteen and something for boiling water. Maybe even a canteen with a metat top to boil water in the canteen itself.. maybe a small eyelet to hanf it from a piece of wire over a fire.. but I am still working on my survival kit and have some great must haves so far. back pack, need to find a smaller pup tent,I liked the one that opens up like a car window sun screen.. or maybe just a few tarps and some rope. fishing rod that comes apart in 3 pieces.. gotta thing about the weight because the more you carry, the more calories you burn.Also need durable long lasting all weather shoes or boots. Yes, it is personal preference and what climate you will be in, and what the knives are for. The spearpoint hollow handle schf1 I think I can carve and jam a stick in it and use it to spear fish or other spear hunting, or tie it. It’s def a pig sticker.

  64. Padraig
    October 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Ok so it’s a great knife !? Mine snapped clean in half… Emailed sog and they sent out one because they told me it was probably an inconsistency in the metal :) still love the knives and have abused it so much already

  65. November 19, 2013 at 6:07 am

    I love my SOG Seal Pup Elite knife. Got it for Xmas a few years ago from my father-in-law. Great gift. That’s what started my fascination with survival knives in the first place.

    The SOG Force is another good knife. Maybe a step up from the Seal Pup Elite

  66. Tyler
    January 12, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I was issued that same SOG knife. They break when used for batoning and carve guys hands open. Our instructors in fact told us to never use the SOG SEAL Pup Elite for hard use and gave us an ESEE knife catalog. Sorry to burst y’all’s bubble but the SOG SEAL Pup is not full tang. They are razor sharp, look really cool, and have the SEAL name attached to them, so all the civilians think SEALS carry them. Literally no Navy SEALS rely on those that I am aware of. It was a bogus government contract that screwed us all over. Buy an ESEE.

  67. Dirk Steinwax
    January 29, 2014 at 1:29 am

    I bought the one with the serrated blade segment. It lastet one weekend and then the serrations were done. It also got dull as quickly as any other knife by handling wood – yet is an absolute nightmare to sharpen (specially while in the hills). However one might like or dislike the feel of the grip, it’s not a full tang! This knife sells for 60 usd now, that’s why I bought it. In my opinion it’s worth less – let alone the original price… sorry but I wasn’t impressed at all.

  68. Curtis
    March 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    I hate to argue with this, but i own this knife. It was an awesome knife that worked well in all but one arena. I used it to skin a mule deer. Sadly the blade would not hold the edge long enough to even do half the animal. I had to re-sharpen it 4 times. If you are wanting to use it for self defense or as an all around knife, it would work well. If you are relying on it as a survival, you better have a sharpener with you. I still use mine, but I have invested in a better quality knife to use for hunting. Hope this helps some people out.

  69. March 25, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    i love my sog and gerber survival knives and they are best

  70. Very Nice. It is my next knife.

  71. Rob
    April 4, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Does this knife’s blade stem run through the handle and what as the specs of the metal on the blade and it’s design specs?…TIA

  72. Doodie Wadsworth
    April 17, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I bought a Seal Pup last Saturday as an addition to my bug-out bag! Really nice knife – just wish it was made in America! and not Taiwan!

  73. Dianne
    April 30, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Although I am a big fan of Ka-bar knives I must say the Seal Pup is a really good knife. Thks for the review.

  74. kris
    June 26, 2014 at 1:49 am

    BUCK THUG is my weapon of choice,what do you think ?

  75. Frank
    July 13, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    I recently bought a few blades with a long held give card from Christmas. I purchased the Schrade SCF9 and SCHF10 because they have thick, sturdy blades and a Kershaw Antelope Hunter 2 to serve as a Mora substitute as it’s light, simple and very sharp. I also own two vintage Kabars, a Buck Woodsman and a Cold Steel Recon Tanto. The SOG Seal Pup offers the size and utility of the larger tactical/survival knives, very close to the Recon Tanto but it’s light and handy like my little Buck or Kershaw. At the price I paid (Under$40) I would buy a dozen for a family or group and even for bartering if things get chaotic.

  76. TheSurvivalDad
    October 8, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I absolutely agree. For a knife right around $50 (the partially serrated one, the one pictured I think is about $10-15 more) you really can’t beat it for durability and edge retention.

    Though a Mora is much cheaper, this knife acts like it should be in the $80-120 category.

    Not quite as nice as my Ontario SK-5, but the Seal Pup is definitely good for a backup/secondary knife.

  77. VanDer
    January 13, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I have many SOG knives and they are all very good at keeping a edge and very strong one knife I would recommend.

  78. Jim
    January 15, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I have 2 SOG knives: Seal Pup, and a Field Pup. Both are great knives especially for the money. Have a KABAR Marine, Had the Becker. All are good as well but more money. If money is not the real object go with a Benchmade. No question of manufacturing origin. 100% USA made.

  79. Mr. T
    May 3, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    All SOG knives are full tang…not sure where Tyler gets his info, but I own 5 different SOG knives and they are all full tang, so I would find it difficult to believe that SOG would change their standards on the SOG Seal Pup Elite. SOG makes some of the most durable knives I’ve ever used. I own the Jungle Primitive, the Kukri, and three throwing knives. Out of all of them, I’ve only ever had to use the wet stone once on the Jungle Primitive and that was because I was batoning a limb that had a nail in it that I couldn’t see…even then the knife cut through it, but it did ding the edge slightly….a little wet stone work though and the ding was repaired. It’s held it’s edge ever since though. The other knives have held up just fine. Can’t say enough about how well they’ve held up to significant abuse.

  80. It's Me
    September 30, 2015 at 11:16 am

    FWIW SOG no longer uses the word Zytel because another company owns that name. However the handles are still injection molded reinforced glass and are now referred to as GRN.

  81. Double L
    December 15, 2015 at 6:28 am

    I have no ideal why so many are claiming the Sog Seal line of knives are made in China.I own a Seal Team Elite,Seal Pup Elite,and also a Sog Force,and a NW Ranger,and NONE of them were made in China..ALL of the Sog’s i own are made in Taiwan.And i didn’t start buying any of them until 2 years ago,and last i checked they are still Taiwan made.Now Sog does have several knives made in China,and the specs say so,but so do a lot of brands.Buck,Boker,Cold Steel,CRKT,Kershaw,to name a few all have knives that are produced out of China.If you think made in China is junk,go check out a Steel Will brand fixed blade,in particular their Druid series and hold it and actually use it,and then check back,because those are just as good as ANY fixed blade i’ve ever used for their price range.Origin means nothing anymore,it’s all about quality.If you think the US makes better knives than other countries,you’ve never seen up close or used an Italian,Russian,German,and other European made knives.Even Taiwan made is on par with American made now days.Japanese made is overrated and is still being considered the best based off the mythology of centuries ago.Japan made is good,but no better than any other country that produces quality made knives.If you pay enough money China can produce a good knife.If you want average to junk made,they can do that as well.It all depends on how much you want to spend.

  82. Osmer D, Batchller
    February 1, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I am glad someone brought up the fact that orininal Sog knives were manufactured in Japan and then in Taiwan, not China. Taiwan, (some of the limited edition blades made in Japan, one limited to 40 or so, will never hit the market as they are so collectible. I mean does anyone think knives used for a long period of time (beginning with the Vietnam war would be made (much less purchased at that time from China). I Even at present we, as well as other countries are intruding on these claimed waters which are actually international water. On another matter, and please correct me if I am wrong I was told the SOG folding blades {not exactly inexpensive for the most part) are still made in Japan (or maybe someone before me mentioned this and I was not paying attention (if so sorry).
    I have had over the years a number of knives and at present when I camp with my son’s I personally prefer the Seal Pup Elite. I realize there are more expensive Sog knives for survival and camping but I like the feel of this particular knife, as well as some other features those who have them likely appreciate Moreover price does not even jump that much with a custom Kydex sheath. They are compatible and actually better than many lower priced knives (and higher priced ones until you get into steel and hardness on the high end, which I don’t require for everyday camping or hiking. They keep their edge, like every knife you should take a good sharpener, especially if using to cut large branches with brute force.
    I realize this is just personal opinion and I am not arguing with other people’s choice of blades as use dictates what is needed, comfort and even weight which are important for everyone.
    What impresses me is not many knives have been used by our brave special forces (and others early on) for this length of time. Why? Quality control, first Taiwanese have excellent quality control on their own as well as following to the letter US guidelines or they would be out of business quickly. They follow US Specs, combined with the fact that many plant managers and quality control experts are from the US and elsewhere. If a quality control expert says a batch does not meet standards, if never leaves the plant.
    Their quality control on ships is astonishing, even with owner’s representatives present.
    The original design was also the first to be used in Vietnam buy the way. I also like their assortment of fixed blades, and I am sure many are aware some large companies simply do not think as much about ultimate use desired by customers (I understand Sog also makes some great great specialty diving knives as well as ones found on popular knife sites).
    I am not going to discuss other fixed blades as they all have their good and bad points. I have tried very expensive blades with great steel and hardness but sometimes they lack features I find necessary. However, the steel and hardness of the higher end SOGs compare with some of the best blades in most any price range unless you want to spent big dollars.
    Sorry I went on so long, I did not mean to but knives are sort of a hobby at this point in my life and I appreciate quality and for my uses do not require anything more. Take it for what it is worth, just an opinion on a forum and once again I do not mean to offend anyone who finds they are more comfortable with other fixed blades as everything for size to handle feel can make a big difference (among other factors such as usage).

  83. Rick Webb
    September 17, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    I bought this knife when it first came out, My opinion Is 1) the handle is too stiff and has no grippy feel. 2) After the blade is dull it is almost impossible to sharpen and I have sharpened many knifes. 3) The cheap Kydex sheath broke almost immediately and when I called to complain I was told that the sheath is not warrantied only the knife and I could spend $20 for a new one or $40 for a nylon one which would “stand up” I did neither and SOG lost a customer for life. Buyer beware

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