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CRKT Zilla-Tool - A Multi-Purpose Mini-Monster

Posted in Product Reviews on December 1, 2009
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CRKT Zilla-Tool
Handle Length: 6.5 in
Weight: 7.4 oz
Retail Price: $44.99

Bringing your toolbox to the trail can get cumbersome (if your rig is packed with camping gear) or even dangerous (if you don't have any tie-downs).

So why not stuff your toolbox into your pocket?

The Zilla-Tool from Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) is a versatile device that fits ergonomically into your palm and can be carried either in your pocket (thanks to a stainless steel clip) or on your hip (thanks to a durable nylon sheath).

This gadget has five components: bottle opener, knife, pliers, screwdriver, and wire cutter/stripper. We found the Zilla-Tool to have not only an inspired design, but also fine functionality.

Knife
This 3-inch, semi-serrated blade works great when you're in a pinch. The spear-point knife isn't laser-beam sharp, but it's sharp enough for utility use, such as cutting food, opening packages, or widowing some firewood.

Pliers
The multi-tool's innovative design is mainly dependent on the pliers, which works brilliantly for its class. Plus, it's spring-loaded so your fingers don't have to fumble with opening and closing.

Wire Cutter/Stripper
This is probably more ideal for light-duty or emergency operations, but it's still a nice option to have.

Bottle Opener
The end of the pliers handle actually doubles as a bottle opener when slightly opened and gripped at the right angle. This is great on those hot afternoons when your wheeling buddies pass you a refreshing beverage and you realize it's not of the twist-off-cap variety.

Screwdriver
The handle holds flathead and Phillips hex bits, which can be removed and plugged into a magnetic holder at the end of the handle. Other standard hex bits can also be used. Convenience at its finest.

Final Verdict
CRKT's Zilla-Tool is a ground-breaking multi-tool. Handy and easy to use, this equipment is ideal for light- to medium-duty use during almost any outdoor adventure, whether its rock crawling, mud-bogging, camping, or hunting. And it's affordable, to boot.

Sources

Columbia River Knife And Tool
Wilsonville, OR 97070
503-685-5015
www.ckrt.com

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