The CrossCut came out in the late 90's as a competitor to Leatherman's Micra, a similarly sized scissor based tool. The CrossCut, and it's stablemate, the CrossGrip, featured compound leverage jaws, and came in either polished stainless or a gold TiNi finish. It was in production for about 10 years, and while a capable tool, had some failings that ultimately prevented it from beating out the competition.
Gold TiNi CrossCut
Black TiNi CrossCut with Complex tweezers
Original vs. New Scissor Grind
Toothpick Side Tools
Tweezer Side Tools
Gears and internal Spring
Micra and Gerber's revolving line of scissor based tools, such as the Shortcut. The CrossCut's jaws are spring loaded, with an internal torsion spring underneath the gears. Compared to the Micra, the CrossCut was inferior for cutting materials like cardstock or paper, as it's thick pivot area gets in the way. However, it excelled at cutting things like paracord and fishing wire, due to it's compound leverage jaws.
PowerPlier, complete with SOG's classic exposed gears.
- Plastic Toothpick
- Knife Blade
- Small Flathead driver/Bottle Opener
- Nail File with Nail Cleaner Tip
- Medium Flathead Driver
- Lanyard Loop
- 5" Ruler/12cm Ruler
- Length open = 4"
- Length closed =2.5"
- Weight = 1.7oz
- CC50, in a polished stainless steel finish
- T50, a standard CrossCut, but with a gold TiNi finish
- T50B, a black TiNi finish. This variant is very rare
Micra in 1996. The earliest known mention of the CrossCut appears in the November 1998 issue of Boy's Life magazine, that year the likely introduction date of this tool, and it's sister tool, the CrossGrip. The CrossCut was eventually replaced by the CrossCut 2.0 after SOG moved it's production to China.
CrossGrip. The CrossCut was discontinued in 2008, and replaced by the CrossCut 2.0 in 2011.