Gear Review: Ozark Trail 17:1 Multitool

Gear Review: Ozark Trail 17:1 Multitool

For some folks, money is tight and the need for decent gear to get them through hardships is hard to come by. I was in Walmart one day and spotted this multitool on sale for $3.99. I had spotted it several times before in various dept’s of my local Walmart and had always overlooked it. After all, I carry a Leatherman Wave that’s in the $90+ range. How good could it be? Well, after seeing a need for folks to have budget gear for some reason or another or just something to throw into a tackle box, I decided to check it out.

Click the picture to go to the page courtesy of Walmart.com

The first thing I noticed after taking it out of the package is that it felt like a decent tool. There were places on the metal that were left unpolished from the factory that still showed the casting marks. None of that hurt the function of the tool in any way. I performed a series of simple tasks. These include:

Sawing limbs
Cutting notches
Sharpening sticks
Driving screws into wood
Opening a can

The tool worked as it should with no issue. The saw, knife, and awl was sharp and seem to hold their edge very well. With all the use I put the tool through, I did not need to resharpen anything. You’ll notice that all of the tools except the pliers are able to be accessed from the outside.

Overall, I think that the tool performed well, and at $3.99 it was a steal. Though it is nowhere near the quality and craftsmanship of the Leatherman, the Ozark Trail from Walmart is a great choice for those that are tight on funds, in Scouts, or looking for something to toss into a tackle box, hunting pack, or glove box in the car. You can find it in your local Walmart’s camping section.

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