This week on Spotlight Series we’re going to take a look at the first new Zero Tolerance flippers of 2016. With some recognizable names and really top-notch designs this is a solid batch of knives, so let’s dive right in and check them out.
First up is a little bit of recursion from Les George, a new design based on his popular Talos, which was a production version of his first ever custom knife, the FM-1. The 0909 is a chunky, massive flipper overbuilt in true ZT fashion. The handle has a nice ergonomic curve and a substantial index finger indent for confident handling. There are G10 handle scales and some heavy jimping on the spine of the blade to further assist with grip.
Action on this knife is smooth and simple. It’s the slowest of the knives we’re looking at today, but still effective. Blade is 3.8″ of S35VN stainless steel in a drop point that has a classic Les George shape. To finish out the features we have a thick stainless steel liner lock, a lanyard hole, and a reversible tip-up pocket clip.
While our next knife is the only one of these three without a custom knifemaker’s name attached to it, it has nevertheless become a fast favorite for folks around the office here. With a sturdy build and a super sharp design, the 095 in a slick blackwash finish is a definite winner. The blade is also S35VN stainless steel, this time with full titanium handles. The handle has been chamfered for a comfortable hold, though the only jimping present on this knife is on the flipper – making it extremely comfortable to use.
The 95 has a fast, snappy action thanks to the KVT ball bearing pivot system. The pivot’s two-tone styling is the perfect accent in the middle of all that blackwash. Blade is a 3.6″ drop point with a lot of belly, held in place by a titanium frame lock with replaceable stainless steel insert. This knife also has a reversible, tip-up pocket clip.
Finally, we have my personal favorite, the 450CF design by Dmitry Sinkevich. I don’t usually take to smaller knives, but this beautiful piece of work has completely won me over. While the handle is not as curved as the other two knives, the pronounced finger indents enable a supremely comfortable handling style. The back handle is titanium with a DLC coating, while the presentation scale is full carbon fiber, and that in combination with the smaller build and open spine makes this a very lightweight carry. The anodized backspacers here are an eye-popping emerald green to add a little flair to the overall appearance.
Blade deployment is extremely easy and unbelievably fast, snapping out with very little pressure. It’s one of the most satisfying deployments I’ve encountered in a long time. The slender drop point blade is 3.25″ long, and sports the same black DLC coating as the back handle scale. This model is also a frame lock with a reversible tip-up pocket clip, and like the 909 sports a lanyard hole.
Whether you’re looking for a beefy workhorse knife or an elegant gentleman’s folder, this latest batch of ZT knives is host to some terrific designs manufactured with the exacting craftsmanship ZT has become known for. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com