I use to own one of those, was kinda nice and I ended up selling it to a guy at work. He later snapped of the blade and bent the phillips, how's that for love and respect
One nice thing about the design of the locking mechanism on the Tough Tool is that it's very easy to make it legal in placed where locking blades are frowned upon- all you have to do it file off that little nub, which is only a few minutes work by hand or a few seconds with a Dremel tool. Since the backspring is designed to function both as a backspring and a lock, it's got enough tension to keep the blade open during use, unlike many other knives and multitools where disabling the lock means a floppy blade.Great write up- are you planning on making this one a shelf queen now, or do you envision yourself trying to carry and use it?Just an aside- the experienced multitool enthusiast can pick out these problems after comparing it with other tools, but it was my father's only multitool for many years and he thinks it's the greatest thing ever. Of course the tip of the blade is broken off, and it's got a hole drilled in it so he could tie a lanyard to it (my father has a total of 5 boats- a pontoon boat, aluminum fishing boat, 2 kayaks and a Zodiac, so a lanyard is important!) and a few other "mods." Still, it took him a very long time to switch to the Spirit I gave him, saying it was his "Sunday Tool" and he didn't want to mess it up!Def
Nicely put together Mat (the review, not the Tough Tool) A well rounded multitool collection really needs to have one of these in it, just as an example of the variations in design ten years ago. Schrade obviously must have realized that the Tough Tool was an inferior design, but what else could they do? As a big American cutlery manufacturer with declining knife sales, they needed a plier multitool in their line-up, yet they waited so long to introduce one that all of the more conventional designs were already taken. Side-opening blades were one way around the Leatherman patents, but not a very good one.
A few months ago, I bought the current Tough Tool at Kmart.. I was SO disappointed! I don't think I was ever disappointed with a MT purchase before that! How could a company put a tool out like that? I can honestly say, I'd rather a Suspension!
Well there is one of the older schrades at the local aubachon hardware down the road and I was going to spring the 46 bucks for it, but no.Plus I herd Def you love taylor.
Quote from: hawkchucker on December 16, 2008, 01:27:54 AMWell there is one of the older schrades at the local aubachon hardware down the road and I was going to spring the 46 bucks for it, but no.Plus I herd Def you love taylor.I love the fact that they don't have the cojones to challenge me when I say publicly that they are crap. In fact, here's a picture of Taylor's factory...(Image removed from quote.)Def