Zeus Handy Tool shrinks down the toolbox

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The Zeus Handy Tool, open and ready for business(Credit: Zeus Handy Tool)

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When most people think of a multitool, chances are that they'll picture something like a Leatherman or a Swiss Army knife. That said, lately we've been seeing some interesting departures from those designs. One of the latest is the Australian-designed Zeus Handy Tool, which packs a whopping 23 odds and ends.

The Zeus has a hardened aluminum shell, inside of which are the various rust-proofed steel tools.

These include a magnetic screwdriver shaft that can be locked at two angles, 16 interchangeable screwdriver bits, a detachable LED/spirit level unit, a knife/saw, triple-function pliers, a 1.4-m (4.6-ft) metric/imperial tape measure, and a flip-out hammer – that last one has a reinforcing metal plate mounted behind it, so the rest of the tools are protected when you're pounding on something.

As can be seen, the Zeus isn't as small as some multitools, but it's still a lot more compact than a full-size toolbox. If you're interested in getting one, it's currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of US$50 will get you one, assuming everything works out.

It comes with a 10-year warranty, and can be seen in use in the video below.

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