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Columbia River Knife and Tool Zilla-Tool Jr.


October 29, 2010 Sports and Outdoors : Camping By Zilla-Tool Jr. ($24)" target="_blank">VIA

The Zilla-Tool Jr. ($24) is a pocket-sized 5.25 inch performer. Featuring a black-on-black non-reflective tactical finish, it can transform into a variety of handy tools such as: spring loaded pliers, wire cutters, a hex screwdriver, wire stripper, or most importantly, a bottle opener. Also what multi-tool would be complete with a basic flip-out 2.25-inch steel blade with an integrated clip? For the price, it’s one of the most feature-packed multi-tools we’ve ever come across, and remember..we look at this stuff on a daily basis.

Buy Now: $24

Ethan Dougherty

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