"SOG started some 25 years ago in my apartment with a simple philosophy – to create innovative products that stood apart from the pack. While the company has grown, our commitment to that philosophy has remained constant. Today it’s one of my greatest satisfactions to receive letters from throughout the world describing how SOG products have lived up to that standard. It is what inspires us to continue to build great products that last and that help you meet the challenges of a demanding world."
SOG's mission is to design and create gear of the highest quality, distinction and value that delivers what consumers need—and in order to do so, SOG is always defining the leading edge of technology.
At SOG, we have pride in our products and in the way in which we conduct business with our customers, co-workers, and consumers.
At SOG, we leverage our innovation as a competitive advantage by creating and manufacturing products that meet consumer needs better than the competition.
At SOG, we are passionate about using leading edge technology to create the best products to meet and exceed consumer and customer expectations.
At SOG, we use our creativity to produce results – from developing products, to improving processes, to delivering our message to both customers and consumers.
At SOG, we always try to do the right thing -- for our consumers, our customers, our co-workers, and the global community.
At SOG, we mean what we say … we do what we say ... and we take responsibility for our actions.
At SOG, we are all leaders in our area of responsibility and we are deeply committed to delivering continuous improvements with a focus on results.
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SOG Specialty Knives and Tools, Inc. was named in honor of the Vietnam War's only covert special warfare unit-The Studies and Observation Group. Its existence was once denied by the US Government and it wasn't until long after the war that the SOG Story could even be told.
Separate from "conventional," unconventional operations of the 5th Special Forces Group were the clandestine operations of Military Assistance Command Vietnam/Studies and Observations Group (MACV/SOG). The Studies and Observation Group (SOG) was a cover name to disguise SOG's real function, and the name "Special Operations Group," as it was sometimes called, described its real mission more accurately.
Activated in January of 1964, SOG was a joint services unit composed of members from all four branches of the armed forces, including Navy SEALs, Marine Recons, Air Force Special Operations pilots of the 90th Special Operations Wing, but predominantly Army Special Forces.
MACV/SOG's missions included: cross border operations into Cambodia, Laos and North Vietnam to carry out intelligence gathering or raiding missions on the enemy's 'home ground'; gathering intelligence about POWs and carrying out rescue missions when possible; rescuing downed aircrews in enemy territory ("Bright Light" missions); training, inserting, and controlling agents in North Vietnam to gather intelligence or form resistance groups; carrying out 'black' Psy Ops such as operating fake broadcasting stations inside North Vietnam; kidnapping or assassinating key enemy personnel; retrieving sensitive document so equipment lost in enemy territory or in enemy hands; and inserting rigged mortar rounds or other booby-trapped ordnance in enemy arms caches (OPERATION ELDEST SON).