I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for cool-looking multi-tools. (I still love my Skeletool.) So it’s not surprising that the Zilla-Tool Jr. caught my attention. It wraps up all the basics — a 2-1/4″, black-oxide-finished blade, a pair of pliers, a wire cutter/stripper, a screwdriver, and (oh yeah, baby) a bottle opener — in a slick, non-reflective package that’ll surely scare the crap out of everyone at the office.
We’re also pretty big fans of end-deploy pliers. They feel a lot more like standard pliers than the flip-out type in old-style Leathermans. They’re a lot less quirky, which makes it a lot easier to apply force where you need it. This one’s surprisingly sleek for an end-deploy tool, too.
One drawback, though: The grip is largely plastic, which means it might not hold up well under heavy use. (And all our knives seem to get heavy use around the TM shop.) Still, the Zilla-Tool Jr. checks in at only $30 — a hell of a lot less than most of the high-end all-metal models you’ll find.