Jim MacNair of Kershaw and ZT showing a new knife!

Our BLADE Show Week rolls on with a look at some of the latest from Kershaw and Zero Tolerance. We were thrilled to have our friend Jim MacNair sit down with us and gave us a rundown of the new models.

ZT 0770

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The latest ZT flipper to grace our shelves is the slender 0707. This has instantly jumped to the top of our list of favorite executive knives. It carries all the hallmarks of the great ZT flippers… framelock, KVT ball-bearing pivot, CPM-20CV steel, and a carbon fiber front.

Where this knife sets itself apart is its tuned detent system. Rather than relying on a detent ball on the lock side, it features a small liner on the front side with its own detent ball. This means that it can overcome a common framelock quirk, where gripping the lock with too much pressure can inhibit the blade opening. With the 0707, even when gripping tightly on the lockbar, the blade can still be launched very easily.

ZT 0770 Specs

  • Blade Length: 3.5″ (8.9 cm)
  • Closed Length: 4.6″ (11.7 cm)
  • Overall Length: 8.25″ (21.0 cm)
  • Blade Material: CPM-20CV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.121 ” (3.1 mm)
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Stonewash
  • Handle Material: 3D Machined Carbon Fiber with Titanium Lock
  • Handle Thickness: 0.43″ (10.9 mm)
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: KVT Bearings
  • Pocket Clip: Deep Carry (Tip-Up, Right/Left Carry)
  • Weight: 2.3 oz. (68 g)
  • Made in the USA

ZT 0235

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The next knife worth a good look is the new 0235, a spin-off from the non-locking 0230 by Jens Anso. It shares the same double-ball detent system that has more in common with a friction folder than a slipjoint, and it gives the knife a snappy, fidgety action with nice crisp transitions.

The new blade shape on offer is somewhere between a spear point and a modified Wharncliffe, and is uses the same premium 20CV steel as the 0707. It also introduced a new pocket clip to the ZT lineup, one which later showed up on the 0707.

The clip is actually mounted to the insides of the handles in a milled out pocket. This allows it to be completely deep carry, and thanks to its subtle look it is indeed very “incognito” to anyone looking from the outside. The unique mounting option also has no visible screw holes from the outside, keeping the scales nice and clean looking with no extra holes to clutter things up.

ZT 0235 Specs

  • Blade Length: 2.60″ (6.6 cm)
  • Closed Length: 3.80″ (9.7 cm)
  • Overall Length: 6.30″ (16.0 cm)
  • Blade Material: CPM-20CV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.121″ (3.1 mm)
  • Blade Style: Spear Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Blade Finish: Stonewash
  • Handle Material: Carbon Fiber
  • Locking Mechanism: Slipjoint with Double Detent
  • Pivot Assembly: Washers
  • Pocket Clip: None
  • Weight: 1.8 oz. (51 g)
  • Designer: Jens Anso
  • Blue Anodized Aluminum Backspacer
  • Made in the USA

To get a closer look at these models, as well as more from Zero Tolerance and Kershaw, be sure to check out our full video interview below.