In continuous production for over fifteen years, the ParaTool was the first multitool from SOG to be manufactured in the USA. Its unique design allows the pliers to be operated at various angles, reaching into areas that other multitools can't. However, this very ability which defines the ParaTool is not without shortcomings.
Jaws are standard needlenose profile, with fine serrations to the tips, a gripping area below that, and wire cutters near the pivot. No hard wire notch is included.
Starting a trend that exists to this day with SOG multitools, the jaws on the ParaTool are of the opposite "hand" than most other pliers. Presumably this is so that when loosening a bolt with the jaw tips, they will be less likely to deform and result in crossed tips. (Victorinox recognized this also, and in 2002 reversed the "hand" of the SwissTool plier heads.)
A series of small lightening holes exist along the spine of each handle, presumably for increased grip.
- plain-edge knife blade, 2.5" long (64mm)
- can opener (later combined with small screwdriver)
- medium flathead screwdriver (later combined with cap lifter)
- three-sided file
- sheepsfoot serrated blade
- large flathead screwdriver
- phillips screwdriver
- small flathead screwdriver
As with most SOG tools, the pivot screws are standard hex head, allowing the user to change or replace blades as needed. Accessory blades are available direct from SOG.
Also available was a molded plastic carry pouch, form fitted and made especially for the ParaTool. It featured a pocket clip on the backside, with the name Blackie Collins molded in. (see photo at bottom of page)
- Folded length = 4.4" (111mm)
- Unfolded length = 6.4" (162mm)
- Thickness = .63" (16mm)
- Weight = 6.4 oz (180g)
For many years the ParaTool was provided with a matte finish. (Tumbled, not bead blasted) Later S31 stainless models were highly polished, probably as an added measure against corrosion.
A B31 black oxide finish was also available.
In 1995, custom knife maker David Yellowhorse modified 250 serial numbered tools and offered them for sale in a velvet lined walnut presentation case. These S31YH models featured jigged and polished handles with inlays of turquoise, sterling silver, and exotic desert hardwoods.