Zero Tolerance Fixed Blade ZT0100
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- Last updated: 14/12/2016
This military/survival styled knife is a collaboration between some of the most distinguished knife designers and manufactures. Kai USA, Ken Onion and Strider Knives have got together to create the Zero Tolerance (ZT) range of high-grade knives built to survive the harsh, real-world situations that confront professional users every day.
Hawaii based Ken Onion is one of the best knife designers of this era, and certainly is at the top of his game when generating ideas for practical outdoor working knives for professional use. The Zero Tolerance Fixed Blade ZT0100 knife has a unique blade style with a pronounced recurve ‘S’ shape. At first glance this may suggest a khukri or bolo style, but the end section of the blade is not so weight forward as these designs, and careful inspection shows that the tip of the blade remains centred to the middle of the ricasso, so making it easier to use the tip for piercing or as an awl. The deep bellied blade allows multiple cutting choices, offering a long sweep for deep cutting, leverage for tough items, a leading curved edge for ‘rocking’ when fine chopping, mass for heavy chopping and a broad spine for bearing down on the blade when splitting. The inner curve can be used for finer cutting, and the jimped section on the spine makes close control of the blade easier.
The blade is made of heavy gauge CPM3V tool steel (approx. 5mm) providing maximum resistance to breaking and chipping. It’s coated with Matte Black Tungsten DLC making it extremely tough and highly wear resistant.
Created To Work – Built To Last
The knife is of full tang construction and the handle is made of two G10 Matte Black scales, contoured and deeply cross-hatched (like croc skin) for a sure grip.
The ZT0100 is supplied complete in rigid plastic scabbard contained within a heavy duty MOLLE compatible nylon sheath with a stud closing flapped pouch (for sharpening stone or other small items) on the front, plus nylon webbing to allow multiple carry options.
The makers say that the ZT0100 is ‘built for impact toughness and to perform under the harshest field conditions’, and I really couldn’t argue with them – this knife is a great design based on one big, strong chunk of steel and should be capable of any cutting or chopping task that it is asked to perform in the field.