During testing, I threw everything I had at this knife. He has personally reviewed almost 300 knives of all shapes, sizes, and price points. It is Horizontal so you can wear on the right or left hand side. Sheath ONLY, knife not included. Wet Conditions. I have actually been thinking about getting one of the elites for awhile. There's a problem loading this menu right now. The handle, which is made from glass-reinforced Zytel, has a textured feel that makes it literally stick to your hands. I’ve read on several websites that the steel is AUS 6, but then I stumbled upon SOG’s website which says the steel is AUS 8. The Seal Pup I have Has AUS-8 on the tang. U.S. DESIGN + QUALITY CONTROL SOG STEEL. Le manche en polypropylène léger et très résistant et strié antigrip. The Seal Pup Elite is that, as is the Gerber Prodigy and a great many other knives which are all superior to the LMFII for general utility cutting and woodcraft. However, I understand we don’t always get to pick our survival situations, so many might view the Pup as a potential survival blade. It’s my go to knife when I’m out on the water because the grip is probably one of the best I’ve found when wet. No matter how you arrange them there is always room for both. THE BLADE: The knife has a full tang US8 stainless steel blade that’s undergone SOG’s proprietary Cryogenic Heat Treatment process. I chose this one over the standard Pup because of the size, it’s perfect. Also, the size of this handle is great too. Anyone know a sheath that will fit a 9″ Ka-Bar that is a bit more rugged than the crap one it comes with? Very interesting, Jason! I have approx 15 “count on” knives and these would be at the top of my list. Great review and top notch piece of gear. Dan is the creator of BladeReviews.com. Your SOG SEAL Pup Elite is constructed in high grade satin-finished AUS-8 stainless steel that’s designed for tough situations with an ergonomic handle for precise blade control. Please consider that buying anything through any of the links on this website helps support BladeReviews.com, and keeps the site going. Nous avons tous un instinct de survie qui sommeille en nous, et la seule chose qui vous sépare d'un autre aventurier face a une situation extrême est votre équipement, il vaut mieux être bon. All it takes is one look and you can see this knife is more oriented for tactical use and general utility. This knife has taken EVERYTHING. The space between the straps is far narrower than the straps, or the straps on what you’re mounting it to. That’s my next suvival knife! 120. These are nice improvements, but I think they are marginal. Those are the things that matter the most. Great reviews, by the way. Cutting wood, meats, leather, rope, and basically anything I’ve needed to cut over the years. So wrong. It also has a pocket that is large enough to hold a multi-tool and a small flashlight or lighter. Only complaint is the sheath. He grew up using pocket knives, and the decision to start the website stemmed from his fascination of all things sharp combined with a deep passion for writing. if you want one made in the US call SOG and thell get one for you not to hard. $12 per engraving item. Sa grande lame est faite d'acier AUS-8 mixte, lisse et cranté. Taiwan is not China. You have the option of buying a kydex sheath from SOG for around 20 bucks, which is not a bad. What’s so difficult about looking things up before you write inaccurate garbage and mislead people? I’m pretty sure when I did the review and checked SOG’s website it said that the Seal Pup Elite was AUS 8 and the regular Seal Pup was in AUS 6 (of course I could always be wrong). Chinese have very little quality control. Even if you don’t use the retention strap, the knife will not fall or shake out. It’s lightweight and a great knife for those looking to keep their pack weights down. We may get paid an affiliate commission if you buy something or take an action after clicking one of the links on this web page. the only thing i can think of thats still made in the usa is marlin, i think i cant say for sure , so good luck looking for u.s.a made stuff especily weapons or camping equipment.unless you buy older knives and camping gear. The handles grip is top notch, and I really like the way this knife feels in my hand.