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SOG Micro ToolClip Review

Fitting into a niche size sub-category, this neither full size nor keychain tool has functions that are worthy and effective
SOG Micro ToolClip
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Price:  $25 List
Pros:  Small for carry, effective function, spring-loaded pliers
Cons:  Awkward and squished phillips drive, main blade requires two hands and fingernail
Manufacturer:   SOG
By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 12, 2020
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  • Functions - 40% 4
  • Construction Quality - 25% 6
  • Ergonomics - 20% 5
  • Portability - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The SOG Micro ToolClip is a unique product. Its primary discerning quality is its size. Most multi-tools are quite a bit bigger while some are quite a bit smaller. None others in our test are exactly like this one, in terms of size. The materials and function are smart, but multi-tools always present compromises. The Phillips driver on the Micro ToolClip is only usable in very specific applications. The main blade is a good size but requires a fingernail and both hands to open.

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Pros Small for carry, effective function, spring-loaded pliersComprehensive, well-made, aftermarket accessories and carry optionsInexpensive and well-made, spring-loaded pliers, scissors, pocket clip, one-handed bladeTiny, well made, excellent bottle openerSmall, inexpensive, two blades
Cons Awkward and squished phillips drive, main blade requires two hands and fingernailProprietary bit driver, no pocket clip includedHybrid straight/serrated blade, squashed Phillips driver, short main bladePackage opener is specialized, screwdrivers are tinyFlexible construction, stiff hinges
Bottom Line Fitting into a niche size sub-category, this neither full size nor keychain tool has functions that are worthy and effectiveA full-function tool from a great manufacturer at a reasonable priceA budget tool with real value and function, this model is compact with a feature set that does much of what you want and little that you don'tA keychain tool whose utility belies its tiny statureA keychain tool with some basic features and two blades; the serrated blade is unique in this sub category
Rating Categories SOG Micro ToolClip Leatherman Wave+ Leatherman Wingman Gerber Dime Gerber Vise
Functions (40%)
4.0
8.0
4.0
3.0
2.0
Construction Quality (25%)
6.0
8.0
4.0
6.0
4.0
Ergonomics (20%)
5.0
7.0
8.0
3.0
3.0
Portability (15%)
8.0
5.0
7.0
9.0
9.0
Specs SOG Micro ToolClip Leatherman Wave+ Leatherman Wingman Gerber Dime Gerber Vise
Number of functions 8 18 + bits 10 9 9
Weight (ounces) 3.2 oz 8.5 oz, 9.5 oz with case 6.8 oz, 7.8 oz with sheath 2.3 oz 2.4 oz
Locking tools? None All but pliers Scissors and blade None None
Pliers type Spring-loaded pliers Needlenose, regular, wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, crimper Spring-loaded regular and needlenose Spring loaded needle nose pliers Mini pliers with wire cutters
Tools accessible without deploying pliers All but phillips driver Blades, saw, file Blade and scissors All All
Blades and type 1 straight blade 1 straight, 1 serrated 1 hybrid serrated/straight drop point 1 straight blade 1 straight, 1 serated
Scissors No Yes Yes Yes No
Number of screwdrivers 3 5 included/integrated. More available aftermarket for proprietary driver 3 2 3
File? Yes Yes, wood/metal and a diamond-coated file Yes No Yes
Saw? No Yes No No No
Openers Bottle Can and bottle Can, bottle, and a unique box opener Bottle, package Bottle
Other important features Wirecutter Ruler Very small ruler Tweezers None
Sheath included? No Yes Yes No No
Other carry options Pocket, lanyard, clip Pocket Pocket, Pocket clip Key ring attachment Keychain
Closed dimensions (Length by thickness, in inches) 3.9x0.5 4 x 0.7 3.8 x 0.7 2.8 x 0.6 2.2 x 0.5
Open length (pliers, in inches) 3.9 in 6.3 in 6.2 in 4 in 3.9 in
Open overall length (primary blade deployed, in inches) 5.8 in 6.9 in 6.4 in 4.1 in 3.6 in
Length of primary blade effective edge (inches) 1.9 in 2.8in 2.4 in 1.4 in 1.4 in

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Micro ToolClip from SOG splits the difference between "full size" multi-tools and keychain-sized options. Especially if you've examined both of these well-represented subcategories, this SOG will be a welcome addition to your shopping list. It features SOG's well-known quality of manufacture, but also incorporates some curious attributes. In short, it is the right size with somewhat imperfect execution.

Performance Comparison


The feature-set of the SOG Micro Tool Clip is simple and limited...
The feature-set of the SOG Micro Tool Clip is simple and limited. You'll use them all, but sometimes want more.
Photo: Rosie De Lise

Functions


The Micro ToolClip has pliers, wire cutters, a blade, a "squashed" Phillips driver bit, two different file textures, two different straight driver bits, and a bottle opener. This set of tools is simple and unsurprising. Most are pretty effective, given their mid-size stature. The Phillips driver is on the end of one of the pliers handles. In many tighter positions, this driver isn't particularly useful.

The blade of the SOG is proportional to the overall tool size. It is...
The blade of the SOG is proportional to the overall tool size. It is big enough for all but the sturdiest and most extended use.
Photo: Rosie De Lise

Ergonomics


Below a certain threshold, smaller tools are tougher to use, all else equal. The Micro ToolClip is smaller than most but bigger than some. It is largely alone, on the market, in this size range. To balance usability and portability, this might be the sweet spot for you. The pliers are spring-loaded. Some like this, some don't. For one-and-done pliers grabs, unsprung seems better. If you are using your multi-tool pliers to turn a nut or bolt (in the absence of a more suitable tool) the spring can help your cause. The main knife blade can only be opened with a fingernail. We've come to expect one-handed, thumb-deployed blades on larger multi-tools. This one seems like it could be configured that way as well. We prefer a main blade that can be opened with one thumb.

The Phillips head screwdriver is on the end of one arm of the SOG...
The Phillips head screwdriver is on the end of one arm of the SOG Micro plier handles. It is only useful in select situations.
Photo: Rosie De Lise

Portability


The greatest portability attribute of the Micro ToolClip is its smaller stature. For the usability of the tools, it is the smallest we know of. More accurately, we've not tested any other tool close to this one in size. There are some much smaller and many much larger. The Micro is squarely in between. It can be carried on a key ring, loose in your pocket, or clipped to the edge of your pocket. The lattermost is our preferred way of carrying a multi-tool for handy usage, especially this one.

For extensive and regular use, our testers unanimously prefer pocket...
For extensive and regular use, our testers unanimously prefer pocket clipped carry.
Photo: Rosie De Lise

Construction Quality


SOG is known for sturdy multi-tools and pocket knives. Our testing of products in both these categories, for years and years now, proves this out. We've never had a problem with the integrity of an SOG product. The same can be said of the Micro ToolClip. This is sturdy and ready for day-to-day use.

Value


The price is right and the quality is high. If the form and function works for you, the Micro ToolClip is a good value.

On your keys the SOG feels large, especially as compared to smaller...
On your keys the SOG feels large, especially as compared to smaller competitors. Nonetheless, it will work in this application.
Photo: Rosie De Lise

Conclusion


We like that this tool is in a size range with few (if any?) competitors. It is the only product that we've tested at this size. The size and form of the SOG Micro ToolClip is balanced differently than others. The tiny keychain tools are even more portable but suffer in application. The bigger products are definitely more robust than the SOG but just won't go everywhere with some people. If you've found the existing options to be either too small or too big, the Micro ToolClip might be "just right."

Jediah Porter