SOG Knives Screenshot (Still SOG Specialty Knives)
SOG Knives has specialized in military and first-responder quality knives and tools since 1986; (still/SOG Specialty Knives)

SOG Specialty Knives Acquired by GSM Outdoors

With its buyout of SOG Knives, the outdoor giant expands its specialty blade, multitool, and EDC offerings.

GSM Outdoors continues to grow in breadth and depth. This week, the hunting and shooting sports specialist keeps that trend going by acquiring SOG.

Established in 1986, SOG Specialty Knives has built its reputation with its pragmatic tactical designs. “SOG [is] synonymous with austere-duty knives intended to meet the needs of defense professionals,” GSM CEO Eddie Castro stated.

“The name is instantly recognized by military, first responders, and blade enthusiasts for their high-quality craftsmanship and reliable performance.”

SOG started off specializing in fixed blades aimed at defense and survival professionals. But it has since diversified its products with folding knives, multitools, and everyday carry.

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SOG’s steady expansion through the years has allowed it to maintain its reputation. Now, buyers continue to recognize it as a producer of superior, lasting gear. Recently, the company branched into ultralight carbon fiber pieces.

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With the acquisition, GSM seems focused on expanding SOG’s offerings further, though it’s not entirely clear what that will look like at the moment.

“Our acquisition of SOG represents an important expansion of the GSM family of brands,” Castro said, “and we look forward to taking the brand to that next level of consumer support and product innovation.”

For now, GSM will continue offering classic SOG knives and tactical tools at SOG’s website. To see the rest of GSM’s outdoor and tactical product lines, head to GSMOutdoors.

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Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing. In 2020, Jilli left her corporate position to pursue an outdoor-oriented life. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear network. She is based out of Austin, Texas, where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.