Tradesman TMT1 Multi-Tool

TMT1 The Imperial Schrade line was a discount brand of knives and tools produced in Ireland. Schrade Cutlery introduced the TMT1 in 2001 to compete with economy grade multitools being imported from Asia, including it in their TRADESMAN series. The TMT1 bears no similarity to the flagship Schrade ST1 tools produced in United States. More recently, the United Cutlery company has relocated production of the TMT1 to China.

Accessing the phillips screwdriver
Accessing the small screwdriver and bottle opener
Rigid brand
Tradesman brand
Ireland -vs- China


  • Jaws are ordinary semi-needlenose profile.
  • A wire cutter area is included, but no hard wire notch.
  • Brushed stainless finish.


  • Handles are high impact plastic, molded over a stainless steel channel.
  • In the open position, the handles have an S-shaped contour to the gripping surface. This contour seems to have no redeeming qualities; it simply makes the tool feel awkward when using the pliers.
  • A plastic logo insert is inlayed into one handle. The insert varies depending upon which brand name the tool is being sold under.
  • Pivot screws are hex drive.

Blades and Tools

  • Clip point knife blade, with plain edge. Measures 2-1/4" long (60mm)
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Sheepsfoot blade, with fully serrated edge. Measures 2" long (50mm)
  • Large flathead screwdriver. (sometimes seen with V-notch for stripping wire)
  • Combination medium flathead screwdriver/bottle opener
  • Small eyeglass screwdriver
  • Can opener

Blade and Tool Particulars

  • None of the blades lock open.
  • All of the blades have a extremely high polish, resulting in rounded surfaces. In the case of the phillips screwdriver, this rounding effect renders the drive nearly unusable.
  • Plastic blade assists are located in each handle. A small "ledge" on the assist helps to lift out a neighboring blade or tool for easy access. In one handle the assist functions with the phillips screwdriver. (see left hand photo below) In the other handle the assist works with the eyeglass screwdriver and the bottle opener. (see right hand photo below)

Other Features


Sheath is woven nylon with a velcro closure. Early models have a belt loop for vertical carry only. More recent examples have loops going both ways.


  • Length open = 6-1/2" (165mm)
  • Length closed = 4-1/4" (110mm)
  • Width closed = 1-5/8" (42mm)
  • Thickness = 5/8" (18mm)
  • Weight = 5.7 oz (162g)


The TMT1 was designed to be rebranded for other companies, by way of the interchangable logo insert in one handle. In addition, the color of the plastic blade lift assists changes depending on the rebrand. A number of different logos have been noted:
  • Tradesman TMT1....................Yellow background, with TRADESMAN logo. Yellow plastic lifters.
  • Imperial Apex Wilderness.......Wilderness scene with elk, geese, and fish. White background. Black plastic lifters.
  • Ducks Unlimited......................Flying ducks. White background.
  • Rigid......................................Tan background, with RIGID TOUGH GEAR logo. Tan plastic lifters. (China)


Originally introduced in 2001. Produced by Imperial Schrade in Ireland. Production ceased for several years after Schrade closed in 2004. Production resumed in China under United Cutlery Brands in approximately 2007.

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Created by Bob. Last Modification: Monday 25 of April, 2016 18:49:18 CEST by sLaughterMed.