CRKT Zilla-Tool Jr Multi Tool Review

3.0 rating

CRKT’s Zilla-Tool Jr weighs in at 3.8 oz. and 5.25 inches long when closed. More than 1 in shorter and 3.6 oz lighter than the larger Zilla-Tool, the Jr keeps most of the functionality of its larger brother. The small and light package make it great for every-day carry (EDC) with the pocket clip.

A nylon sheath is also included for belt-carry. The Zilla-Tool Jr is also part of the CRKT’s I.D. Works line of tools designed by Lance Barber and Tom Stokes.

Columbia River Knife & Tool Zilla Jr 9065/9065K [Discontinued by Manufacturer]

  • Price: ~$30
  • Weight: 4/5
  • Size: 5/5
  • Durability: 3/5
  • Utility: 2/5
  • Overall Rating: 3/5

Our Hands-On Review

The CRKT Zilla-Tool Jr pliers are great – spring loaded with one-handed release. Jaws have a slight needle nose taper with both circular toothed and fine flat gripping surfaces. Closer to the handle are the pinch-style wire cutters and a custom-crafted notch for wire stripping. CRKT placed the screwdriver at the opposite end of the pliers, allowing the whole body of the tool for leverage on stubborn screws. Hex bits are non-standard size on the Zilla-Tool Jr, standard bits need an adapter (not included). Bits are stored in the handle when not in use, but the magnet is weak and bits are easily lost. The Zilla-Tool Jr nylon sheath does not have space for extra bit storage (same as the Zilla-Tool).

Made from quality 2CR13 steel, the knife blade holds a sharp edge when used. The knife blade uses CRKT’s “flipper” style thumb tab for one-handed opening. Located on the center line of the handle, it works left or right handed and the tab also serves as a blade guard when the knife is open. The Zilla-Tool Jr handle is made from injection molded black glass-filled nylon that gives a secure grip. CRKT manufactures the Zilla Tool Jr in China and build quality can vary . Our tool was solid, but there are reports of loose screws and poor alignment/play in the knife and pliers.

  • Blade length: 2.25 in
  • Closed length: 5.25 in
  • Weight: 3.8 oz
  • Pocket clip: yes
  • One-handed: yes

Official Tool List as provided by CRKT

  1. spring loaded needle nose pliers with fine flat and circular toothed gripping surfaces
  2. 2.25 inch locking liner knife blade, hollow ground with modified spear point and triple-point serrations, 2CR13 steel with 51-53 HRC
  3. flat blade driver
  4. phillips driver
  5. 1 position pocket clip and nylon sheath
  6. bottle opener

Dan Sawyer

I'm the guy behind Multi Tool Mountain. I grew up in Wisconsin with a love for the outdoors. I currently live in Texas with my family where DIY home improvement projects keep my and my multi tools busy.

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