There’s nothing wrong with being prepared for the occasional emergency, and now that doesn’t involve mean walking around with a monstrous Leatherman multitool hanging off your belt. SOG has managed to pack similar functionality into a new line of pen-like multitools you can instead keep stashed away in a pocket protector.
The SOG Baton Q1, Q2, Q3, an Q4 all feature anodized metal housings so you’re probably not going to want to chew on the end like a cheap BiC ballpoint pen Each of the Batons also feature a small assortment of tools including everything from knives, to pliers, to scissors, flashlights, and screwdrivers. The exact types of tools each comes with depends on what the Baton is designed for.
If you want to take notes, you’ll have to opt for the Baton Q1 which is designed for basic office and administrative work. But if you’re heading out into the wilderness, or want to be prepared for “urban emergencies,” you’ll want to go with the Baton Q2, Q3, or Q4 that come far more feature-packed — and pricey.
When available later this year the office-friendly SOG Baton Q1 will go for $US54 ($71), but the other three will sell for $US67 ($88), $US94 ($124), and $US120 ($158), respectively. There’s no specific Australian pricing available as yet. How do those Boy Scouts afford to be always prepared?