GSM Outdoors has acquired SOG Specialty Knives, the American knife and tool manufacturing company based in Lynnwood, WA.

“Since 1986, SOG has been synonymous with austere-duty knives intended to meet the needs of defense professionals,” said Eddie Castro, CEO, GSM Outdoors, based in Irving, TX. “The name is instantly recognized by military, first responders, and blade enthusiasts for their high-quality craftsmanship and reliable performance. Our acquisition of SOG represents an important expansion of the GSM family of brands, and we look forward to taking the brand to that next level of consumer support and product innovation.”

Originally known for combat-inspired fixed-blade knives, SOG has since expanded its knives and specialty tools to include folders, multi-tools and gear intended for professional use, outdoor recreation and everyday carry.

“SOG is a prestigious brand among outdoor and tactical retailers nationwide,” said Zach Henderson, vice president, sales, GSM, “and the company enjoys an enthusiastic consumer base. We are understandably excited to add SOG to our portfolio of knife and utility tool companies, including Cold Steel. We look forward to working with our industry partners to further expand the SOG brand across the professional and outdoor consumer segments.”

Founded in 1999, GSM Outdoors specializes in developing and marketing innovative products for the hunting, sport shooting, and outdoor enthusiast market. GSM owns several industry-leading brands including Stealth Cam, Walker’s, Cyclops Lighting, Western Rivers, Epic Action Cameras, Maestro Game Calls, American Hunter, HME, and SME.

Photo courtesy SOG Specialty Knives