Zero Tolerance ZT0560 Hinderer Design Black Folding Knife
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- Steel: ELMAX, stonewashed finish
- Handle: 3-D machined G-10 front scale, 3-D machined titanium back handle, stonewashed finish
- Blade Length: 3.75 inches; Closed Length: 5 inches; Overall Length: 8.8 inches; Weight: 5.8 ounces
- Frame lock; Thumb stud; Lanyard hole; Flipper; Deep-carry pocketclip; Quad mounting
- Made in the USA
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Based on Rick's crave-worthy XM-18, the new ZT 0560 is one completely amazing knife. First, the blade. It's pure ELMAX powdered steel for the extreme edge retention, high strength, and toughness a hard-use knife demands. It rolls out of the handle on the KVT ball-bearing system so deployment is rapid and it's ready when you need it. The handle is 3-D machined G-10 on the front, and equally 3-D machined titanium on the back. A framelock with lockbar stabilizer ensures a rocksolid lockup every time. To ensure this big bear of a knife carries at a comfortable weight, ZT has skeletonized the liner and machined pockets in the titanium handle and framelock. And to top it all off, the 0560 is equipped with ZT's new deep-carry pocketclip. With black G10 front scale.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 8.8 x 0.3 x 1.8 inches; 5.8 Ounces
- Item model number : 0560
- Date First Available : March 16, 2012
- Manufacturer : Kershaw Sporting Goods
- ASIN : B007L4ZGXE
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This is a "flipper" knife, with no spring-assist, and it doesn't need one. The blade slides open without any drag, and locks firmly with a somewhat subdued click. Disengaging the lock takes a little effort, most of which has to do with technique in my case, as I tend to use my fingers to hold against the frame as I push with my thumb. While this works fine with a liner-lock, it causes frame-locks to not want to open until I lower my fingers a bit. Once I do that, the effort needed is minimal. Keep in mind, there is no play in the detent which keeps the blade closed. This means as soon as you open it, all drag disappears and it moves freely. If you're not used to this, I would exercise some caution until you become accustomed to it. This is also noteworthy regarding your preferred mode of carry, because if the thumb studs (in tip-up mode) or the flipper lever (tip-down) catches on your pocket, it can pull the blade open as you pull it out. For me, a quick brush against the thumb studs with a fine file minimizes the risk.
The blade sharpens well, and holds an edge surprisingly long. I'm not familiar with "Elmax", and it seems to wear considerably better than S30V, which I have in other knives, and also slightly better than the 154CM steel which is on the 0200ST. I was surprised to discover that the factory edge was close to the 30 degree (inclusive) angle on my Sharpmaker. After stropping, this blade will cut anything from hair to cardboard to wood with little effort or drag.
Overall, this knife is an excellent addition to the "Zero Tolerance" line, and I have no doubt it can take whatever gets thrown at it. If you like large knives, you will find this a dependable EDC companion.
Update: I found that after using the 30 degree edge that the blade would take on a burr that was all but impossible to get rid of. I finally gave up and and changed it to 40 degrees, and after stropping it's again hair-popping sharp, and no burrs no matter what I do with it.
Now the reason I had to give it 4 stars is because when I first got the knife and flipped it open pretty quickly the lock was nearly impossible to release. It stuck to the end of the blade and didn't let go. The harder I deployed the blade, the harder it was to release the lock. Luckily I drive by the Kershaw factory every day on the way to work. I walked into the warranty shop and showed them the problem. They took it into the back and fixed it in about 20 minutes. They said this issue occurred because the lock face was not properly carbadized. They apologized and sent me on my way. Now the lock releases like butter. If I didn't live so close to the factory then this would've been a little bit of a hassle, having to send it back to ZT or exchange it for another one with the seller.
Over all I would totally recommend this knife to a friend, this is the most sturdy knife I've yet to own and I will be carrying it everyday for years to come. The little problem when I first got the knife will not deter me from purchasing other ZT knives. Kershaw has excellent customer service and are willing to help out their customers however they can.