The mighty Schrade Cutlery company, one of the largest knifemaking companies in America at the time, was late getting into the burgeoning multitool market. First produced 14 years after the Leatherman PST, Schrade's ST1 Tough Tool introduced a number of unique concepts, including side-folding blades and a new locking mechanism. Larger in size than the majority of competitive multitools at the time, the ST1 found favor with industrial workers and building trades professionals.
Profile is an unusual stepped needlenose. Fine and coarse serrations are included, along with a bypass wire cutter. No hard wire notch.
All pivot points are rivets, not screws.
Finish is matte bead blast stainless all over.
The SCHRADE TOUGH logo is stamped in one handle, patent info in the other. No inch or metric scales are present.
- Can opener
- Plain edge knife blade, Sheepsfoot profile. Measures 2-1/4" long (55mm)
- Flattened phillips screwdriver
- Partially serrated knife blade, clip point profile. Measures 2-1/4" long (60mm)
- Combination edge knife blade, clip point profile. Measures 2-1/2" long (65mm)
- Three sided file blade, with hook disgorger on end
- Inch and metric ruler
- Fully serrated knife blade, sheepsfoot profile. Measures 2-1/2" long (62mm)
- Unusual hook-shape knife
- Large flathead screwdriver, with wire stripper V notch along edge
- Small flathead screwdriver
- Length open = 7" (178mm)
- Length closed = 4-3/4" (122mm)
- Width closed = 1-3/8" (36mm)
- Thickness = 5/8" (17mm)
- Weight = 8.3 oz (236g)
A newer version, similar in appearance but lower in quality, currently produced in China and sold by Taylor Brands Schrade.
ST5E Tough Tool and the ST2 Tough Chip bear a family resemblence to the ST1.
- Schrade ST1 review - at Multitool.org
- ST1 advertisement - from the Sept 1998 issue of Backpacker Magazine
- ST1 advertisement - from the Dec 2000 issue of Field & Stream Magazine
- Tough Tool ST1 Owner's Manual
The famous Blackie Collins first patented the idea of side folding blades on a multitool. His patent #5062173 is a crude but obvious predecessor to the ST1:
- Patent for a Multifunction Tool
- Patent for a Multi-Purpose Folding Tool