Okay... (sigh)... I did it. I broke down and bought one for testing. This is probably the most reviewed cheap multitool on Youtube, and for a reason. It is the most accessible MT out there, as far as price and local availability in the U.S. This tool is carried in the sporting goods section of Walmart, and unlike all of the name-brand tools, which are locked in a display case, this one is hanging on a peg. So, if you want an MT, and can't find 'that guy' to open the case... which I never can, then this is about your only option.
The tool comes with a Nylon sheath with velcro closure and belt loop. Apparently, previous versions had belt loops which allowed vertical or horizontal carry. Mine ONLY allows for vertical carry. The Sheath's quality is ... questionable.
The tool is 4 1/2" long (114mm), 3/4" (19mm) thick, and just under 2" (50mm) at its widest point. It weighs 8.5oz (240g). The tools are made of stainless steel, The frame is aluminum, and the inserts on the handles feel like a hard rubber. The tool is held together with allen head screws, which might make do-it-yourself work a little easier.
Here's a view with the tools open
One side has a plain edged blade, flathead/cap lifter, small flathead, awl, and saw. The other side has a serrated blade, can opener, Phillips driver, and another flathead.
As with many cheapo tools, the pliers are spring loaded, with a spring seated at the back of the plier head, where it could be intentionally or unintentionally removed. There is a very slight amount of play in the plier head. The tip of the needlenose pliers do not meet up with great precision, but are not the worst I've seen. The wire cutters are blunt, but cut through coat hanger with the force I could generate from a one-hand grip, and were not marred from the cutting.
The Attachment of the plier head to the body is done the same way many cheapos do it for butterfly tools, but unlike the fatally flawed Husky 14-in-1 tool, the connection is metal to metal, and reinforced with a thick ridge on the Aluminum scale.
A close-up of the plier attachment point...
The tool has very little flex when closing the pliers with force.
The plain blade came ragged paper-cutting sharp out of package.
All of the drivers are over-rounded, with the small flathead being an utter joke.
Small flathead (sorry for the shaky-cam)...
The cap lifter is pretty bad, but eventually did the job. I'd rate it a little worse than the Leatherman Squirt's cap lifter.
The Awl has a fairly blunt tip, and is only good as a general scrapy bit of metal in my opinion.
The saw is aggressive and sharp out of package, with teeth designed to cut on a pull stroke. I suspect it will cut about as well as the Husky 14-in-1 and the Kobalt 15-in-1, but this is untested at this moment.
The serrated blade is dull out of the package.
The can opener is only slightly better than the non-functional can opener of the SOG Powerlock. It's generally of the Victorinox style, but that's about where the similarities end. The hook to catch the rim would slide, and the blade didn't want to cut the can. So... hope you're not too hungry.
Can Opener pic
The last two tools are the phillips and flathead drivers. Both have long shanks. All drivers on this tool, wit hthe possible exception of the small flathead, seem to be designed to force themselves toward the open position when force is applied, which is how it should be. The phillips head is well formed, and slots well into screw heads, but cams out heavier force. I didn't have a chance to do anything really heavy with the flathead.
Tool Retention: These are slip-joint tools, with fair, but not great, retention. Luckily the drivers are designed so they tend to stay open under force. Getting to the outboard tools is not difficult with well defined wells on the scales to reach the nail nicks. Because retention isn't too strong, opening the tools doesn't bust up your nails. The inside tools are harder to access, unless you first open the outboard tools. Expect (and use to your advantage) tool clumping.
Ergonomics: The tool is rather large. It feels like it was made for someone with bigger hands than mine (I have medium hands). Ergonomics in plier configuration is very good, with fairly rounded corners on smooth aluminum. Ergonomics with all other tools is a little less great, but quite tolerable.
Scale with Spirit X and a PST knock-offPros
Affordable and Available, at Walmarts across America for about $10
Decent main blade