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R. Lee Ermey "The Gunny"

Former Drill Instructor, Actor

Knives and tools can be an important vehicle for helping teach children about responsibility, accountability, confidence and character.

A WORD FROM "THE GUNNY"

It is said that the dawn of human intelligence and civilization can be traced to the emergence of tools - flint knives and spear heads - during pre-historic times.

And ever since, there has been a unique bond and relationship between humanity and the knives and tools we use. These instruments mean much more to us than the functions they provide. They symbolize independence, ingenuity, self-sufficiency, strength and confidence. With them, we feel prepared for any situation and in control of our environment and destiny.

I often think back to when my grandfather gave me my first knife, a pocket-knife. It meant more to me than just a nifty, sharp-edged tool. It meant that he felt I was ready for responsibility, that it was time to begin to leave childhood behind. It was time to become accountable, productive. That's a rite of passage that I am sure most of you can relate to and an experience we need to keep alive for young people today.

Knives and tools can be an important vehicle for helping teach children about responsibility, accountability, confidence and character. We need to help foster a relationship for them with knives and tools - as we had done for us - so that they, too, can come to understand that it is within their power to conquer any situation and provide for themselves.

Within these pages you will find some of the best designed, engineered and built knives and tools in the world. They really are outstanding! But this catalog, really this company, is not about that. It's about you and the relationship you have with these products. That's where we started when we began to conceptualize our 2011 line - with an understanding and respect for the relationship you have with knives and tools. Because we know SOG Specialty Knives and Tools are not just about what you can do with them, but what they mean to you.

We hope you enjoy our products and will use them well.