Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! My wife loves the SOG Field Pup. Loves it. It's a great little knife, but I feel a kind of guilty carrying around $100 - $200 fixed blades while camping when my wife is carrying a $15 - $30 budget knife. I've tried to introduce her to higher end fixed blades, but she just isn't having it. As far as she's concerned there is nothing on the market that feels nearly as good in her hand. This is great because it inspires a noticeable confidence in her while using it. She loves the finger grooves. She likes the recurve for cutting paracord and sharpening marshmallow sticks. She likes the jimping for her thumb and she likes the looks. After talking to her, she decided she would rather put in the money customizing her Field Pup, instead of me getting her a new, higher end knife. Gotta give it to her... She knows what she likes! As of now, I'm on the hunt for someone to rehandle my wife's Field Pup in black linen micarta (following the original lines). Should make for a sweet knife! I may have sent SOG a suggestion to produce a Field Pup with micarta and something like S30V, S35VN, BD1, BDZ1, D2 or maybe even VG-10 too, lol. The newer Field Pups are made in China with 7cr17mov. My wife has an older version made in Taiwan with AUS-8 steel. These are getting harder and harder to find, so I thought I'd pick a spare in case my wife loses hers or something happens while getting the handle customized with micarta. Unfortunately... The seller misrepresented the knife and claimed it was an older AUS-8 version when it is not. I just thought I'd make a quick post going over some of the differences while I have both knives in hand. Maybe it'll help someone in the future who is looking for an AUS-8 version. If you're able to see both sides of the knife, the easiest way to tell the difference is to check where it was made of course. The old AUS-8 version will be marked Taiwan, while the newer 7cr17mov version will be marked China. The knives also feature different acid etches on the blades and different molding on the handles. The Newer Chinese Field Pup is up top and the Taiwanese is on the bottom. The older version also came with a standard nylon SOG sheath, while the newer version came with a leather sheath... But I'm not sure if some of the older Field Pups also came with a leather sheath. My wife really likes the leather sheath, so at least getting sent the wrong knife wasn't all bad. Now for the less noticeable differences (sorry for the blurry pictures, it's late and the light is bad so you'll just have to take my word on some of these). The blade on the older AUS-8 Field Pup is about 2mm longer than on the newer 7cr17mov version. The ricasso on the AUS-8 version is also about 2mm shorter than on the newer version. The recurve on the older AUS-8 Field Pup is slightly deeper than on the newer version. The belly also sweeps sharper towards the tip on the older Field Pup. The grind on the AUS-8 version also looks to be much more even. Hard to see in this photo but the jimping on the older AUS-8 Field Pup is much more aggressive than on the newer 7cr17mov version. My wife actually prefers the feel of the newer version, so I'll likely tone hers down with a file. Lastly, the knurling on the older AUS-8 Field Pup is more aggressive than on the newer Chinese Field Pup (hard to see since it's out of focus). Well, that's all the noticeable differences that I see. Hope someone finds some use for this, lol. On a side note... It looks like the standard Field Pup is being retired and replaced with a new "Digi-Pup". Looks like it's still produced in China with 7cr17mov steel, but now comes with a black coated blade and handles in three different colors (Jungle, Desert, and Black). Looks like they went back to the nylon sheath too. Have a good night BladeForums!