Zero Tolerance ZT0560 Hinderer Design Black Folding Knife

Here’s my review on the Zero Tolerance ZT0560 Hinderer Design Black Folding Knife. Simply awesome!

Zero Tolerance ZT0560 Hinderer Design Black Folding KnifeIf you are planning to get the ZT0560 you will be in for a nice surprise. This knife is based on Rick’s crave-worthy XM-18, the new ZT 0560 is a superb knife. First, the blade – this is pure ELMAX powdered steel so it will give you that extreme edge retention, high strength, and toughness any hard-use knife demands. The ZT0560 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 rock solid 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 pocket clip. With black G10 front scale.

If you are planning to get the ZT0560 you will be in for a nice surprise. This knife is based on Rick’s crave-worthy XM-18, the new ZT 0560 is a superb knife. First, the blade – this is pure ELMAX powdered steel so it will give you that extreme edge retention, high strength, and toughness any hard-use knife demands. The ZT0560 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 rock solid 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 pocket clip. With black G10 front scale.

Steel: ELMAX, stonewashed finish – good grade steel

Handle: 3-D machined G-10 front scale, 3-D machined titanium back handle, stonewashed finish – superb to handle

Blade Length: 3.75 inches; Closed Length: 5 inches; Overall Length: 8.8 inches; Weight: 5.8 ounces – just the right dimension

Frame lock; Thumb stud; Lanyard hole; Flipper; Deep-carry pocket clip; Quad mounting – giving you more options on how to carry your blade

Made in the USA – good enough for me 🙂

I am a huge fan of Kershaw since the early 2000 and wanted to step my EDC knife up a notch so I decided to give Kershaw’s Zero Tolerance line a try. I chose the ZT0560 mainly for the weight. For such a large, heavy duty knife, the weight is about 5.8 oz. It may seem like a lot but when you hold it in your hands its pretty impressive.

This “flipper” knife (has 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, I think it is how I do it in most cases, as I tend to use my fingers to hold against the frame as I push with my thumb. The fit and finish is amazing, definitely a nice show piece, but ready for hard use. I’d recommend this blade to anyone looking for an exceptional high quality tactical folder.

Last point, the 0560 is much more practical than the ZT 300 series knives for my needs given blade shape, overall size and handle design. If you can carry and need a large folder, this is one to get and I would highly recommend getting it.

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