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Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2

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Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
on: September 06, 2010, 10:41:41 PM


The Schrade model ST2 scissor tool was first introduced in 1999, as a competitor to Leatherman’s highly successful Micra. It used the same style of side-folding blades as Schrade’s larger plier tool the ST1, but everything was scaled down to fit in a keychain /pocket sized frame. And whereas the ST1 was known as the Tough Tool, the little ST2 was given the nickname Tough Chip.




The venerable old Schrade firm was forced to close its door in 2002, meaning the Tough Chip was only in production for just a few years. More recently, the Schrade name brand has been purchased by Taylor Brands, and manufacture of the ST2 has been resumed in China, although with a noticeable fall off in quality. The following observations are in regard to the USA-made version of 1999-2002 vintage.







SCISSORS
Compared to the Leatherman Micra, the Schrade did not stack up very well (IMO) Not only is the ST2 larger and wider in the folded up state…..





….it is also thicker.




Most troubling of all about this thickness issue is the big knob of a spring housing, located right at the pivot joint of the scissors:






Not only does the spring housing look a little strange the way it protrudes out there, it also gets in the way somewhat when making long cuts with the scissors, especially in heavy cardstock and such.




As compared to the svelte Micra:




A final note about the scissors: For some reason known only to Schrade, the ST2 is unusual in that it has a left hand scissor jaw arrangement, as opposed to the standard right hand arrangement as found on the Micra (and most all other conventional  scissors)





BLADES
The Tough Chip has an adequate selection of blades….. (knife, Phillips, big flathead, little flathead, bottle opener, lanyard ring)




….all of which lock open using the same patented method as the ST1….







…but because of their sideways deployment, none of the blades are as useful as they ought to be. Cutting in the “wide” direction with the knife for instance, not only prevents you from getting into some places, it also feels rather strange in the hand.





REMOVEABLE TOOLS
In the handle opposite the blades there resides three removeable implements; a toothpick, a tweezer, and a nail file.







Being removeable does make these particular  tools more useful.  The tweezers for instance are a lot less clumsy to use than the attached ones on the Leatherman Micra.

The nail file is the diamond-coated sort, which might make it useful for sharpening up the knife blade or scissors in a pinch, although the user’s guide doesn’t mention this anywhere.


VARIATIONS
Along with the ST2 Tough Chip sold under the Schrade logo, there was also the model 45509 made for Sears Craftsman. The only difference is the stamped logo on the handles.




Of interest to collectors, there were at least two different stampings on the Schrade tools produced…




…as well as several different colors, including a deep green, dark red, and black.




Always the patriotic company, Schrade also outfitted a handful of ST2’s in this red-white-blue livery:



In conclusion, the ST2 Tough Chip came out at an exciting time in multitool history, when numerous old-time established cutlery companies were throwing their hat into the ring against the young upstarts at Leatherman. Despite their years of experience however, Schrade never really stood a chance, and the ST2 -versus- Micra comparison is a good example of that. But while it may suffer from some design shortcomings, the ST2 is a well made tool, definitely worth adding to your collection, especially at the bargain prices they can be had for these days.


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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #1 on: September 06, 2010, 10:47:26 PM
Nice review Bob.

I like the Red, White and Blue version :D
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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #2 on: September 06, 2010, 10:57:31 PM
Nice review Bob.

I like the Red, White and Blue version :D

It did beat the Micra one out by about 7 years :salute: :D
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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #3 on: September 06, 2010, 10:59:23 PM
I never did get a Tough Chip, maybe I will some time :)
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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #4 on: September 06, 2010, 11:01:17 PM
looks like a well thought out little tool just poorly executed :(
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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #5 on: September 06, 2010, 11:02:50 PM
looks like a well thought out little tool just poorly executed :(

It's basically a little version of the ST1.

I did a review on the ST1 ages ago, and seem to recall the debate that followed was really good. I'll try and find a link.......

EDIT: Here it is.
« Last Edit: September 06, 2010, 11:06:27 PM by DaveK »
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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #6 on: September 06, 2010, 11:07:49 PM
I like it

You know, I have never seen the china model of the chip

I am still looking for the craftsman version


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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #7 on: September 06, 2010, 11:10:33 PM
I had one, not sure if I still do or not, but it was pretty good for small tasks.


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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #8 on: September 07, 2010, 01:21:57 AM
Nice write up Bob.  :salute:
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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #9 on: September 07, 2010, 01:27:49 AM
Good write up and pics Bob.
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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #10 on: September 07, 2010, 08:29:34 PM
Hi Bob,

Were the colored Togh Chips anodized or painted?

Thanks - Joe


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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #11 on: September 08, 2010, 03:39:24 AM
Hi Bob,

Were the colored Togh Chips anodized or painted?

Thanks - Joe


All of them were painted Joe. :-\ They look pretty, with an even deeper color than a brand new painted Micra, but I'm sure it would flake off with normal use. :(
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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #12 on: September 08, 2010, 05:21:55 AM
 :2tu:  Excellent review.    My Micra(s) get a lot more use than the Tough Chip because the smaller Micras are easier to carry.
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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #13 on: September 13, 2010, 04:23:29 AM
Good to see your black one is still going strong Parnass :salute: Looks like the paint job is holding up well too :)
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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #14 on: September 18, 2010, 06:50:24 PM
Bob
How can I tell if I have a usa or china model?


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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #15 on: September 19, 2010, 02:38:33 AM
Bob
How can I tell if I have a usa or china model?


I dunno, I don't have a China model. :-\ (mine were all acquired years ago)
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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #16 on: September 19, 2010, 04:32:50 PM
I have two with rivits like yours and one with screws that hold it together. The crew is nothing I have seen. It is round with little slot cut outs.


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Re: Thoughts and observations on the Schrade ST2
Reply #17 on: September 19, 2010, 04:39:50 PM
I have two with rivits like yours and one with screws that hold it together. The crew is nothing I have seen. It is round with little slot cut outs.


Oooh, that sounds interesting. :) Do you think it may be an early prototype of some sort?
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