The Schrade "Tough Tool" is the widest folding tool in the bunch, 4 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 11/16 inches, and weighs in at nearly the same as the Super Tool at 8.6 ounces. The three blades, a clip-point (2 5/8 in.) with 3/4 inch of very fine serrations at the rear, serrated sheepsfoot (2 1/2 in.), and the non-locking so-called blunt point "scraping blade" (2 1/4 in.) all align with the bottom of the tool, but the extreme width often gets in the way and hampers the utility of this otherwise desirable feature, as well as the utility of the tool in general. The two primary blades and two of the screwdrivers lock and are released easily by depressing either the scraping blade or the "leather bore." That fairly hefty scraping blade would probably best be used for splitting wood using something to pound on the back of it.
The relatively short needle nose pliers jaws feature a riveted and laminated construction, supposedly for added strength. Field reports would seem to indicate it breaks no less often than others, but we haven't yet tested these to the breaking point. The handles both pivot out from the side and are moderately comfortable to grip. All the implements open without opening the handles. One trick with this tool is that you can open and close the pliers in the folded position, allowing you to use it to obtain additional leverage in some situations.
Also included are a very small slotted screwdriver and locking large slotted and #2 Phillips screwdrivers (both 1 3/4 in. long), vee-style wire stripper, can/bottle opener, course/fine and hacksaw edge file (with a slice out of it to allow access to the knife adjoining it), and 2 1/2 inch/6 cm ruler with a hook disgorger on the end. The slotted drivers are single-side ground. It comes with a nylon sheath that can be worn either horizontally or vertically or a leather sheath, and limited lifetime warranty.
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