SOG Baton Q2 Multitool

The essential, minimalist everyday-carry multitool.

SOG Baton Q2 Pocket Knife

SOG Baton Q2 Multitool




MANUFACTURER:SOG Specialty Knives & Tools
MODEL:Baton Q2 (model ID1011-CP)
PRICE:$69.99
SOURCE:Find a Dealer
KEY FEATURES:
Closed Length:6-3/8"
# of Tools:4
Body:Anodized Aluminum
Blade Length:2-1/2"
Blade Steel:5Cr15MoV Stainless Steel
Weight:3 oz
Features:
  • Locking blade
  • Bottle opener
  • 3/16" flat screwdriver
  • 75 lumen LED flashlight
  • Pocket clip
Warranty:Limited lifetime

While multitools are great, you may not always need to cart around a model that has a dozen or more functions and weights upwards of half a pound. The Baton Q2 from SOG offers a four function compromise - a decent pocket knife melded with a compact flashlight and that ever essential bottle opener/flat screwdriver. It's packaged neatly in a durable anodized aluminum cigar shaped casing that weighs only 3 ounces and slips unobtrusively onto a belt, or into a pocket, purse or knapsack. Three of the four functions (excluding the bottle opener/screwdriver) can be operated single-handed.

With a flick of the thumb the top portion of the Baton folds open to reveal a narrow 3/16" x 7/16" x 2-1/2" blade. The little tab that you press your thumb against only projects about 1/8" above the surface of the knife, so it can be awkward to open at times - impossible if you're wearing gloves. At least it won't get snagged against clothing or belt straps. When open, the blade is stable - no movement at all. The blade is super sharp and doesn't need to be honed before using. SOG has chosen a 5Cr15MoV stainless steel for the blade. It's a fairly common blade steel with high proportions of chromium and molybdenum that increase blade hardness and toughness. Plus it has very good corrosion resistance. So, the blade retains its sharpness reasonably well and isn't difficult to sharpen. There are two exposed wheel gears that serve to pivot the top portion of the Baton from the base of the handle. If you use the Baton outdoors you'll want to keep these clean. 

On the same end of the Baton as the knife you'll find the bottle opener/screwdriver. It's the only component that you'll need both hands to manipulate.

Flip the Baton end-for-end and you'll find a very handy 75 lumen LED light. Turn the housing clockwise and the light comes on, turn it the other way and it runs off. Keep turning 
counterclockwise and the lens cap comes off to expose the battery (triple A) chamber. At 3 feet distance it projects a beam about 14" wide, bright enough for general use around the home or shop. I don't know how long the battery will last for continuous use, but for intermittent use I've gotten a couple of weeks before having to replace the battery.

At just over 6" long I don't carry the Baton in a pants or shirt pocket; rather I hang it on my belt. Alternately you could attach a lanyard to the small hole at the top of the casing and clip it to a every day carry bag or knapsack.

If slim, sleek, light weight, compact, sturdy, reliable, functional and easy to carry all appeal to you, then you'll want to check out the Baton Q2. 


 

Photo Gallery

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About the size of a stogie - roughly 1/2" diameter and 6-1/2" long.

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Thumb pressure flips open the head to expose the knife.

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Thumb pressure closes the head to conceal the knife blade.

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While slightly bulky it feels ok in the hand. The blade is a decent 2-1/2" long.

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Occassional cleaning and oiling of the exposed gear wheels will keep things functioning properly.

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Serrated thumb grip atop the blade.

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The essential bottle opener and screwdriver.




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Single triple A battery provides 75 lumens of light.

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The Baton family comes in 4 flavours. Theres bound to be one that fits your lifestyle.










 

Author: 
Carl Duguay
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