ST6 Tough Grip

Schrade ST6 Tough Grip Prior to the Tough Grip, the only locking multitools had been the Kershaw Multi-Tool A100 and the Leatherman Crunch. Schrade went about it in a different fashion though, teaming up with the legendary Vise-Grip company in 2002 to bring out an array of three different models. The ST6 was sold under the Schrade banner, while the 5WR Toolbox and 6LC Toolbox were marketed by Vise-Grip.

Schrade ST6 Tough Grip
ST6 in sheath with box
Schrade ST6 Tough Grip blades
ST6 and ST6H blades
Vise-Grip 5WR Toolbox
Vise-Grip 5WR Toolbox
Vise-Grip 6LC Toolbox
Vise-Grip 6LC Toolbox


Jaws are heavy cast steel that has been chrome plated. The upper jaw is welded solid to the upper handle.

There is a serrated gripping area and an anvil type wire cutter.


Handles are a much heavier gage of steel than most multitools. Also note that there is no lock release lever as found on other Vise-Grip pliers, making it more difficult to open the pliers when they have been clamped heavily.

Finish is chrome plated steel.

ST6 is cast into the plier jaw. VISE GRIP is stamped into one handle, the SCHRADE USA logo into the other.

Blades and Tools

  • Can opener
  • Partially serrated knife blade, clip point profile. Measures 2-1/2" long. (62mm)
  • Large flathead screwdriver, with wire stripper v-notch at the base
  • Combination bottle opener/phillips screwdriver
  • Saw blade
Note all blades lock open except the can opener.

Blade Locking Mechanism

A patented locking mechanism engages a slot in the back of the lockable blades. Pressing downwards on a neighboring blade releases the lock.

Other Features


A form fitted plastic sheath was provided. It held the too quite securely. Vertical carry only.


  • Length = 6-3/4" (171mm)
  • Width = 1-1/2" (40mm)
  • Thickness = 3/4" (18mm)
  • Weight = 7.7 oz (220g)


The model ST6H was also produced. It differed from the standard ST6 only in its blade selection:
  • A small screwdriver was substituted for the can opener
  • A sheepsfoot profile knife blade was substituted for the clip point
  • All other blades and tools remained the same. See picture at right
  • Also see ST6 and ST6H magazine ad


Introduced in 2002. A joint venture between Vise-Grip and Schrade Cutlery. Made in USA.

More Info

The Tough Grip shares many of the same components with the Vise-Grip 5WR Toolbox and 6LC Toolbox. Click links below

Created by Bob. Last Modification: Monday 25 of April, 2016 18:40:26 CEST by sLaughterMed.