CrossCut

Chako's CrossCut pics 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.



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Gold TiNi CrossCut
Bob's Black TiNi CrossCut
Black TiNi CrossCut with Complex tweezers
Bob's CrossCut Comparison pic
Original vs. New Scissor Grind
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Toothpick Side Tools
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Tweezer Side Tools
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Gears and internal Spring
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Lanyard Loop

Jaws

Like many SOG tools, the CrossCut featured SOG's patented compound leverage technology. However, unlike any other SOG tool before or after it, the CrossCut featured scissor jaws, rather than plier jaws. Combined with its compound leverage, the Crosscut could cut much tougher materials than its closest competitors, the Leatherman 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.

Handles/Frame

The CrossCut's frame resembles a scaled down PowerPlier, complete with SOG's classic exposed gears.

Blades and Tools

  • Plastic Toothpick
  • Knife Blade
  • Small Flathead driver/Bottle Opener
  • Nail File with Nail Cleaner Tip
  • Medium Flathead Driver
  • Tweezers
  • Lanyard Loop
  • 5" Ruler/12cm Ruler

Locking Mechanism

The CrossCut uses the same spring retention system seen on the PowerPlier and ParaTool.

Dimensions

  • Length open = 4"
  • Length closed =2.5"
  • Weight = 1.7oz

Versions

Unlike many of SOG's other tools, the CrossCut did not see many changes through it's production life (not counting the CrossCut 2.0). The only offical variations of this tool are the finishes available from SOG.
  • 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

Variations

Few changes were made during the CrossCut's production life. The most obvious change made was to the grind in the scissors, SOG changed the acute scissor grind to a more obtuse grind, which can also be seen on the CrossCut 2.0. Sometime in it's production SOG changed the tweezer design to a more complex shape, and rotated them 90 degrees. However, the more complex tweezer design was eventually dropped in favor of the older design for reasons unknown.

Background

The exact release date of this tool is unknown, but likely falls after Leatherman's introduction of the 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.
The CrossCut has a sister tool based on the same frame, called the CrossGrip. The CrossCut was discontinued in 2008, and replaced by the CrossCut 2.0 in 2011.

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