This weekend our special is an awesome collaboration between Ernest Emerson and Zero Tolerance, the 0620 folder. Emerson’s utilitarian, tactical design paired with ZT’s top-notch American craftsmanship has produced an admirably rugged folding knife, so let’s check it out.
Design-wise this looks exactly like what you’d expect from an Emerson design, especially the G10 version. That G10 face scale and the patented wave opening feature on the blade instantly scream Emerson. These are precisely the kind of stout, sturdy workhorse folders Emerson is known for.
This knife sports a razor-sharp tanto blade made from Elmax stainless steel with a black powder coating. Handle is large and comfortable, with the G10 scale and a long stretch of jimping providing a really secure grip. The back frame is titanium with a bead-blast finish, and the sturdy frame lock keeps the blade safely locked in place. As nice as the G10 version is, I prefer the carbon fiber variant with its two-stone stonewash/satin blade, which is manufactured from a premium grade Carpenter steel.
Deployment is handled by either the ambidextrous thumb stud or the wave feature. The benefit of ZT’s construction is a much smoother action than is typical with an Emerson. The large, deep-carry pocket clip enables both a secure hold and a smooth draw, and can be positioned for either left or right side, tip-up carry.
All-in-all, Emerson and ZT are two of the finest knife makers in the game right now, and the 0620 admirably pulls together their best traits to make a knife that is well worth carrying. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com