Pocket PowerPlier

DSC05695.JPG The Pocket PowerPlier is SOGs medium sized tool. There were two models produced, the standard S44 Pocket PowerPlier, and the S45 Pocket PowerPlier Deluxe. The S45 model was discontinued in 2016.

Pocket PowerPlier Variations
Pocket PowerPlier Variations Closeup


Needle Nose pliers with bolt gripping channel and bypass wirecutters with hard wire notch. There are two versions of Pocket PowerPlier's jaws, old and new. The original version had a more rounded tip, and a wide bolt gripping area. The new style jaws were introduced when SOG moved production to China. They have a much finer needle nose point, a larger wire cutter section, and a smaller bolt cutting section.


The PPP is produced in Matt/Polished stainless steel, Black Oxide and Titanium Nitride (TiNi).

In addition to these color variations, there are two distinct production cycles of the Pocket PowerPlier. The old style is identified by hex head bolts and the older, more rounded plier head with a larger bolt gripping section (see photo). The old style tools are 100% made in the USA. When SOG shifted production of their tools to China, the Pocket PowerPlier saw some changes. These new style tools can be identified by the Allen key screw pivots, and the new, pointer plier jaws with a smaller bolt gripping area (see the Black Oxide Pocket PowerPlier in the picture). These tools were made in China, but assembled in the USA. There is no noticeable quality difference between the China made and US made tools.

Clockwise in pictures: Stainless old plier, Black Oxide, Matt, Stainless new plier, TiNi, Paladin Rebrand, Stanley Rebrand, Harley Rebrand.

S44 Blades and Tools

  • Partially SE Blade
  • Small/large screwdrivers
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Three-sided file
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Awl
  • Rulers
  • lanyard

S45 Blades and Tools

  • Partially SE Blade
  • Small/large screwdrivers
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • 1/4-inch socket drive
  • Medium screwdriver
  • Three-sided file
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Awl
  • Rulers
  • Lanyard

Locking Mechanism

None of the blades or tools lock open.

Other Features

Compound Leverage, (2:1 ratio.)
Interchangeable components.


Nylon and leather


  • Open: 6 inch
  • Closed: 4 inch
  • Weight: 5.5 oz.


Introduced around the same time as the PowerPlier the Pocket PowerPlier is a smaller version of SOG's first compound leverage tool. In 2005, SOG produced the Paladin PowerPlay PT-510 for Paladin Telecom Tools, and is considered a major improvement on the Pocket PowerPlier. The PT-510 retained the compact frame of the Pocket PowerPlier,but added the gear covers that first appeared on the PowerLock 2.0, as well as the Allen head pivots that would appear on China produced Pocket PowerPliers.

The Pocket PowerPlier has been produced/rebranded for Stanley, and Harley Davidson.

In 2016, the S45 model was discontinued, while the S44 remains in production
SOG PowerPlier
Paladin PowerPlay PT-510
Stanley SL0031BP
Harley Davidson HD29

More Info

Review at Multitool.org

Created by AHB. Last Modification: Wednesday 11 of May, 2016 16:23:09 CEST by sLaughterMed.