Ozark Trail 8 in 1 multi tool: An ongoing review

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  1. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    I purchased this for $5 and change this morning.

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    I have no illusions of this being a contender against a SAK, however many of the products I have from WalMart are acceptable considering the price.

    The standard (?) stainless steel blade.
    Out of the box the blade is not dull, but it ain’t sharp either.

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    The tools:

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    I have no idea what a cork borer is but we will call it an awl.

    As you can see, the Chinese have copied the tools in appearance from a SAK...

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  2. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    I spent roughly 20 minutes sharpening the blade.

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    That’s better. The edge will cleanly slice phone book paper now.

    I’ll continue to update this thread with more in use photos and observations.
     
  3. PAcanis

    PAcanis Bushmaster Lifetime Supporter

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    Yeah, cork borer? :33:
    Maybe it will break if you try to use it with wood ;)
     
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    Put it through it’s paces. Sometimes inexpensive tools really are a bargain. (Sometimes not).
    I’ll be watching.
     
  5. Jonah L. Archer

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    Yep... I'm intrigued. Let's see what that little guy can do!
     
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    Looks like a better made clone than I've seen in the past...the tools actually look functional. I think it was a good decision to choose scissors over woodsaw, as they have never been any good.
     
  7. MrFixIt

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    Maybe not...

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    Nice, clean hole through 3/4” pine.
     
  8. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    I agree.

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    The scissors cut through nicely.
     
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    Good deal.
    Probably just your usual Chinese misinterpretation of the English language then.
     
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    That looks like it could have some good uses. Perhaps as a second, or third knife to carry in case you need one to loan to someone, or if you have a real nasty job such as scrapping out battery terminals on a vehicle.
    I appreciate you showing it and testing it out. Looking forward to your next test with it.
     
  11. MrFixIt

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    Testing was suspended yesterday as my wife, the dogs and I enjoyed a slight break from the heatwave on the patio.
    I did however get this in the mail...

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    Opening a letter...

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    A beautiful surprise from @mtnoutdoors !
    The patch is awesome but the drawing is outstanding!
    You should sign your work brother!
     
  12. mtnoutdoors

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    Thanks you I forgot to sorry.
    Prov 27:17
     
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    Last year I bought a few of the red handled ones (no scissors) for $3. each. Then a couple more when the price went down to $2. I also got a couple of the 12-in-one multi-tools for $2.78 each.

    Edit: the red ones do have scissors.
     
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  14. MrFixIt

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    Kitchen duty.

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    I also sliced up a tomato for my wife and my burger.
    The edge could use a bit more refinement but it sliced well enough.
     
  15. JasonJ

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    Wow... finally a SAK clone that doesn't suck and and break in half the third time you use it?!

    No need for myself, but as was said, perhaps as a loaner... one you never expect to get back (in one piece).
     
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    Waiting for the SPAM slicing test :D
     
  17. MrFixIt

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    Have a can at home...:)
     
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    You've heard of topiary? :D

    I say you open that can of Spam, shake and shimmy it out of the can, and see what you can come up with using every tool available on that knife :dblthumb:
     
  19. MrFixIt

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    :18: :18: :18:

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  20. MrFixIt

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    I'm beginning to become impressed.
     
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    Yep. Not too shabby so far...
     
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    That wood was well seasoned yellow pine. Harder than long leaf for sure.
    I have as of yet to open a can nor have I used the caplifter/screwdriver.
     
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    Do we get to suggest food and drink pairings?
     
  24. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    We already know SPAM is on the menu but I will certainly entertain suggestions.
     
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    For that price I would have too.

    Thanks for bringing these to my attention @MrFixIt. These look like just the ticket for travel when you may have to ditch a knife before a flight.
     
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    Getting impressed myself. Nice job putting it through its paces. Will keep watching.
     
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    Opens a can of beans just as well as a SAK.
     
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    I have a fealing I'm going to end up with one of these. I like to carry cheap usable blades at work. Likely would end up in my work bag.
     
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    What the hell is a “Phone book?”
     
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    It's that magazine-ish book in a clear plastic bag that you find three days after it was delivered out by your mailbox or in your driveway under the melted snow that gets thinner and thinner every year. Takes a magnifying glass to read it.
     
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    Wait, Ozark Trail is made in China???
     
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    Oh yeah, the water logged 25 pound mess I immediately throw away.
     
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    But the Ozarks aren’t in China. What’s happening?
     
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    Those scissors look like the first thing that will fail based on the appearance of that spring mechanism. If it doesn’t have a toothpick and tweezers I want nothing to do with it.
     
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    It's a really long trail.
     
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    Hah! You beat me to it. I was gonna say Beanie Wienies with bonus points for creating a cooker from the can with your WAK (Walmart Army Knife)

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    These knives are Chinese made for Truper - https://truper.com/eng/index.php - a friend brought them up from Mexico for me. The larger is a copy of the Woodsman - https://www.sakwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page=Woodsman+91mm - The smaller is a copy of the Recruit.

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    I think it is going to be a great addition to the tool box actually. Something that will do the job and you don't worry about damaging it.

    Time will tell about the scissors. And no toothpick nor tweezers...
     
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    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    @Spork I like the it, the WAK!
    :dblthumb:
     
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    One Walmart near us is sold out of OT stuff like this. Get them now cuz this will mean Walmart will be jacking up prices soon. BTW, how does the file work? Besides the saw, the Chinese can’t make files or jet engines worth a darn.
     
  40. MrFixIt

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    There is no file on this one.
     
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    Very cool! Looks like a good little tool! Looking forward to that SPAM test. :)
     
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    My Walmart doesn't carry these :33:
     
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    Cool thread! Looks like more bang for buck than their locking folders but even those for the price are functional for the price paid.
     
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    I picked one up.
     
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    Ugh... The lemming in me now is going to have to go get 2 or 3.

    I've seen these for the past couple years and gave them a second look only... As it would turn out they're actually NOT CRAP, which some of the Walmart OT stuff is actually quite good.
     
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    I also bought one for my 8 YO grand son. But his mama said not until his 9th birthday. Gonna go buy a cheap Bowie knife just to scare her!
     
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    Oh man.. She'd really lose it if she saw that I gave my 7 yr old a SAK.. And not the rounded tip one either!

    He also has a Buck 285 Bantam.
     
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    Added to my Walmart wish list
     
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    It's not bad people. Solid tools that seem secure. A fat, slightly uneven grind on the main blade, but sharp enough.

    A good loaner multi tool, or one to put in a toolbox or vehicle kit. It doesn't feel "cheap". Blade and tool stock is surprisingly not paper thin at all. Rather beefy.

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    I wonder if there is a future for a Spam sculpture thread?
     
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