Schrade's ST5E Tough Tool was the first plier multitool with adjustable slip jaws. (Spyderco's SpydeRench employed this feature earlier, but in a less conventional tool) The slip jaw allows the pliers to get a grip on larger objects such as pipe or bolt heads. However, the jaw and handle arrangement of the ST5E make it one of the largest most inconvenient-to-carry multitools ever. The slip jaw also makes the tool annoyingly difficult to fold up at times.
Bit Driver Variations
double-ended, reverseable bits
Note that the laminations allow one jaw to pass directly through the other jaw, making for an incredibly strong pivot.
The ST5E is unique in its ability to adjust to two different size jaw openings. (see photos at bottom of page)
Jaw serrations are very sharp and aggressive. Bypass wire cutters are blunt, and appear to be intended for hard wire.
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.
- Three sided file blade
- Saw blade
- Partially serrated knife blade, clip point profile. Measures 2-1/4" long. (60mm)
- Plain edge knife blade, sheepsfoot profile. Measures 2" long. (50mm)
- Can opener
- Unusual hook-shape knife
- Folding hex bit driver
Early models carried a removable hex reducer, each end of which has a removable double-ended 1/4" screwdriver bit. (four total screwdriver tips)
Later models carried only one double-ended 5/16" screwdriver bit. (two total screwdriver tips)
The single hole in the handle was intended as a lanyard attachment point.
- Length open = 7-1/4" (183mm)
- Length closed = 4-3/4" (123mm)
- Width closed = 2" (50mm)
- Thickness = 3/4" (19mm)
- Weight = 9 oz (255g)
At some point stiffener bumps were added to the blade backsprings/locks
Craftsman. The Model 45471 Professional Multitool differs from the ST5E only in its markings. It was available in 1999, several years before the ST5E was offered under the Schrade logo.