Gear Review: SOG Powerplay Multitool

SOG Powerplay openSOG does it again with another field ready piece of hardware : the SOG Powerplay Multitool.

While Special Operations Gear aka SOG is known for mainly its blades, the SOG Powerplay will serve the user as well as a Leatherman or comparable device.

SOG thought outside the box, by incorporating a proprietary┬áCompound Leverage system. It uses gears of sorts to apply torque to the pliers and functionally double the leverage, which gives you a vice grip on a bolt or pesky nail embedded in something. While the jaws on this aren’t spring loaded like other multitools, it’s completely serviceable. T

he reason, I presume, that there is no spring, if that when closed you can use a hex tool set (sold separately) to turn the tool basically into a screwdriver for any application. So given this, the lack of spring loading doesn’t bother me in the slightest. And that is about the only shortcoming of the tool.

It comes with a molded plastic sheath with a rubber strap to keep it secure, and after wearing it for a couple weeks, I can attest it feels completely secure, while still being quickly accessible with one hand.

Feature rich with 18 tools ranging from a blades to a jewelery screwdriver, the SOG PowerPlay Multi-Tool is mission ready for any task. All the blades, screwdrivers, and bottle openers are accessable without the tool needing to be open. The body also has a metric and imperial ruler, if you need to do some impromptu carpentry or check if that fish is tool small to keep. The blades and tools on each side lock into place solidly with a button lock, so you don’t have to worry about a blade slamming shut on your hand or fiddling with a screwdriver to keep it in place.

Powerplay Blades open

Locking Mechanism

The internal blade compartment has a 3 sided file, wood saw, awl, blade screwdriver, can opener and a jewelery screwdriver. These lock in place firmly as well.

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Overall, the fit and finish of this product is great, with a satin stainless finish and SOG inlays. The serrated and straight edge blades are both 5CR15MOV steel, and are easily opened with one hand. It feels solid and robust, not chinsey like some other multitools. Like all SOG products they are backed by a lifetime warranty, and SOG stands by their products.

If you’re in the market for a solid multitool with creative functionality, for EDC or to live in your toolkit–look no further.

Questions from our readers

Question: What do you think of the sog powerplay vs leatherman wave? We are working on a comparison review of those two now and will post it up as soon as we are done with it.


Alex Castiglione lives in Atlanta, and is an avid outdoorsman and competitive shooter.

Where-abouts include getting after it in his garage gym, practicing martial arts, hitting the trails, or running CrossFit and Strongman competitions for his non-profit, Barbells for Bullies, which holds fundraiser fitness competitions dedicated to aiding Bully breed rescues, dog rescues, or other non-profits with similar missions.

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