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Saturday, 03 June 2023 01:18

SOG Aegis MT

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SOG Specialty Knives and Tools over the years has made an assortment of multitools for different trades and recreations. One area they dabbled in is fishing multitools. The now discontinued Blacktip was very popular with users and was a collaboration with West Marine. The Blacktip was based off the PowerAssist tool and included a fish scaler, a sharpening groove and some standard tools.

Years later SOG has decided to try their hand at another fishing tool. This time around it's not based off a current model, but a completely new design. The SOG Aegis MT takes its name from their popular folding knife and the similarity ends there.

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At first with a name like Aegis I expected something robust and formidable; after all the name means Zues' shield. Instead, we have a rather cute and compact multitool with a very short list of onboard implements. The Aegis is a very small tool and fits in the palm of my hand. Comprised of stainless steel and plastic, it's very much not your typical from SOG. The materials make it very comfortable, tactile and less like a sinker. Plus, the bright colors make it easy to spot if you drop it.

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From the closed position the Aegis has only two tools available, a blade and tweezers. The blade has nothing to make it flashy or useful if one hand is busy. The knife is 1.9 inches long and is made of 440 stainless. The knife is opened via mail nick and held open by a pin that works like a back spring.

When opening or closing the blade you can feel the tension of the pin against the ramp on the tang. It seems strong enough to keep the blade open or closed, as long as one doesn't use it inappropriately.

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The tweezers are pretty heavy duty and dwarf those found on a Swiss Army knife. The tweezers are accessed by pushing the yellow tab down towards the body and that helps push the tweezers upwards. There is no locking mechanism for the tweezers which is weird. They freely rotate and flop around when being used. If you cradle the tool in the palm of your hand you can control the tweezers pretty decent though. The tweezers come in handy for pulling apart a knot in your fishing line, or in my case pulling out thorns I got walking to the fishing hole.

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To open the tool the handles, rotate out with SOG's patented compound leverage. Opening is very smooth thanks to the gears and the handles on this model are spring assisted. The handles are very comfortable and contoured to fit your hand.

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The plier head is very slim and includes needle nose style with a very long wire cutting surface. The long-tapered head is great for fishing a hook lodged in a fish's mouth or crimping sinkers on your line. The wire cutter is listed as soft wire cutters only, you definitely won't be using this to cut fishhooks even with the compound leverage. These cutters are fine enough that they come in handy for snipping fishing line. The addition of scissors would have been nice, but the cutters will work in a pinch.

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Last implement on this tool is the bottle opener. This is one of the strangest places to put a bottle opener on a multitool. Using the handles, you grab the bottle cap under the plier pivot and pull back and off it comes. It works; it's just a place. It doesn't work any worse than some others I've tried. If you want to open a cold one while fishing, this will certainly do the trick.

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Overall, the Aegis MT is a interesting tool. I love the pocketable size and its simplicity. I do wish it had more fishing specific tools but it's not horrible with the tool layout is has. I think there's more capable fishing multitools out there, but the Aegis does decent for it's size.

David Bowen

As Co Founder of Multitool.org David has been a multitool enthusaist since the 90's.  David has always been fascinated with the design inginuity and uselfulness of multitools.

David is always looking forward to what's new in the industry and how the humble multitool continues to evolve as it radically changes and improves the lives of users.

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