The Valade 4X4 is a quite similar version of the original Al Mar 4x4 Tool Mate. It features fancy side panels with scroll engraving by Bob Valade, former Master Engraver at Colt Firearms. Other slight variations such as the black leather wrap and course tooth saw blade set it apart from the original. Produced in Japan by Seki, quality of construction is evident throughou
Frame construction is a stack of stainless steel plates, riveted together. (In this regard, the Valade 4x4 could be considered a 3-layer knife tool.) Outer panels are aluminum, scroll engraved by Master Engraver Robert Valade. The front panel has a large shield with the Al Mar Chop logo, along with the word "Valade" in smaller font down on one end. The back panel has the same large shield left blank, presumably for the owner's name to be engraved.
Use of the phillips screwdriver on the backspring is somewhat limited due to interference from the plier handle when in the closed position.
- Folded length = 5-3/4" (146mm)
- Unfolded length = 5-3/4" (146mm)
- Thickness = 3/4" (19mm)
- Weight = 7.8 oz (219g)
4x4 Tool Mate was introduced in the late 1980's. It is unknown when the Valade 4x4 was produced, nor does this author know how many were produced. Based upon how few are seen available for sale, it can be assumed that they are quite rare.
QuickClip and 4x4 Tool Mate.