Best Product – New Zero Tolerance Knives for 2015

Zero Tolerance has showcased some of their new and upcoming 2015 knife releases at the recent SHOT show in Vegas.

As with their new knives for 2014, availability probably won’t be immediate. For instance, the 0562CF is stilled only available at dealers for preorder.

If you want a Zero Tolerance for right now, consider the 0801 Rexford or sleek 0770CF that we previously reviewed.

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If you’re not familiar with the brand, there are three things you should keep in mind about Zero Tolerance:

  1. ZT knives are made in the USA (I have yet to find an exception to this).
  2. ZT knives are built rock solid.

  3. ZT knives aren’t for everyone. Some are big, bulky, heavy, or aggressive on the hands.

See Also: ToolGuyd’s knife reviews and multi-tool reviews

Refresher: ZT Knives for 2013, ZT Knives for 2014

Zero Tolerance 0450 Flipper

Zero Tolerance ZT0450 Knife

Zero Tolerance ZT0450 Knife Closed

Zero Tolerance ZT0450 Knife Back and Side

The 0450 is a throwback to the original limited edition Zero Tolerance 0454, but ZT plans to make it much more readily available.

It features a 3.25″ blade, which looks to make the 0450 appreciably more compact than many other ZT offerings.

Features include a titanium handle, titanium frame lock with hardened steel lockbar insert, and KVT ball bearing flipper opening system. There’s also a large and reversible pocket clip.

The 0450 looks to be an attempt at a gentleman’s folder, but is slightly too long. Still, if someone wanted to carry this as a more formal EDC knife, its sleek look, relatively compact size, and light weight work in its favor.

ZT0450 Technical Specs

  • Blade: 3.25 in. (8.3 cm)
  • Steel: S35VN
  • Blade finish: stonewashed & satin
  • Frame lock with hardened steel lockbar insert
  • Reversible deep-carry pocket clip
  • Handle: Titanium, stonewashed finish
  • Closed length: 4.1 in. (10.4 cm)
  • Overall length: 7.4 in. (18.8 cm)
  • Weight: 2.9 oz. (82.2 g)

MSRP: $200

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Zero Tolerance 0452CF Carbon Fiber Flipper

Zero Tolerance ZT0452CF Carbon Fiber Flipper Knife

Zero Tolerance ZT0452CF Carbon Fiber Flipper Knife Closed

Zero Tolerance ZT0452CF Carbon Fiber Flipper Knife Handle

The new ZT 0452CF is also a throwback to the 0454, and features a titanium handle and carbon fiber front scale and 5-spoke pivot hardware. It has a 4.1″ blade, which makes it a little longer than the 0450 mentioned above.

ZT0452CF Technical Specs

  • Blade: 4.1 in. (10.4 cm)
  • Steel: S35VN
  • Blade finish: stonewashed & satin
  • Frame lock with hardened steel lockbar insert
  • Reversible deep-carry pocket clip
  • Handle: Carbon fiber front, titanium back with stonewashed finish
  • Closed length: 5.2 in. (13.2 cm)
  • Overall length: 9.3 in. (23.6 cm)
  • Weight: 4.6 oz. (130.4 g)

MSRP: $275

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Zero Tolerance 0900 Flipper

Zero Tolerance ZT0900 Flipper Knife

Zero Tolerance ZT0900 Flipper Knife Closed

The ZT0900 was designed in collaboration with Les George, a custom knifemaker, and is said to be compact and powerful. Its blade is short, but wide, making this an especially good choice as a premium everyday EDC knife.

Additionally, as with most of the other manual flipper knives mentioned here, the 0900 is a manual opener with smooth KVT ball bearing pivot system.

My first thought was that this is one ugly blade, but its compact and more pocket-friendly size increased it appeal. My only hesitation is that the 0900 is a little weighty compared to other compact knives, such as the 0450 discussed above.

ZT0900 Technical Specs

  • Blade: 2.7 in. (6.9 cm)
  • Steel: S35VN
  • Blade finish: stonewashed
  • Frame lock with hardened steel lockbar insert
  • Reversible pocket clip
  • Handle: titanium with stonewashed finish
  • Closed length: 3.9 in. (9.9 cm)
  • Overall length: 6.6 in. (16.8 cm)
  • Weight: 4.3 oz. (121.9 g)

MSRP: $240

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Zero Tolerance 0630 Emerson Opener with Thumb Disk

Zero Tolerance ZT0630 Emerson Flipper Folder

Zero Tolerance ZT0630 Emerson Flipper Folder Closed

Zero Tolerance ZT0630 Emerson Flipper Folder Thumb Disk

Another Emerson collaboration, the 0630 features Emerson’s signature “wave shaped feature” that allows the knife to be opened as it’s removed from a pocket. If you make use of this feature and catch the hook on a pocket seam, the knife will be fully deployed by the time it’s out of your pocket and in your hand. There’s also a thumb disk for opening the knife in a traditional manner.

ZT0630 Technical Specs

  • Blade: 3.6 in. (9.1 cm)
  • Steel: S35VN
  • Blade finish: stonewashed & satin
  • “Wave shaped opening feature”
  • Thumb disk for manual opening
  • Frame lock with hardened steel lockbar insert
  • Reversible pocket clip
  • Handle: G-10 front, titanium back with stonewashed finish
  • Closed length: 4.9 in. (12.4 cm)
  • Weight: 6.3 oz. (178.6 g)

MSRP: $250

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Zero Tolerance 0808 Flipper

Zero Tolerance ZT0808 Rexford Flipper Knife

Zero Tolerance ZT0808 Rexford Flipper Knife Closed

Zero Tolerance ZT0808 Rexford Flipper Knife Handle Front

The 0808 is another Rexford collaboration, similar to the 0801 we reviewed, but is smaller, lighter, and with a more slender shape.

Personally, I’m not a fan of the pointier blade, but I do like the smaller profile shape of the handle.

ZT0808 Technical Specs

  • Blade: 3.25 in. (8.3 cm)
  • Steel: S35VN
  • Blade finish: stonewashed & satin
  • Frame lock with hardened steel lockbar insert
  • Reversible deep-carry pocket clip
  • Handle: titanium with stonewashed finish
  • Closed length: 4.3 in. (10.9 cm)
  • Overall length: 7.6 in. (19.3 cm)
  • Weight: 4.3 oz. (121.9 g)

MSRP: $250

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Zero Tolerance 0010BLK & 0010EB Tactical Pens

Zero Tolerance ZT0010BLK Tactical Pen

Zero Tolerance ZT0010EB Tactical Pen

The new 0010 tactical pan will be available in black and “earth brown” finishes. It’s said to be a “covert self-defense tool,” and is machined from spiral-fluted 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum. There’s a built-in glassbreaker tip, and the pen comes with a Rite in the Rain ink cartridge for all-weather writing performance. It’s also compatible with Parker and Fisher Space Pen ink cartridges.

Tactical Pen Technical Specs

  • Non-retracting tip
  • O-ring sealed snap cap
  • Glassbreaker tip
  • Rite in the Rain ink cartridge
  • Closed length: 5.3 in. (13.5 cm)
  • Weight: 1.3 oz. (36.9 g)

Price: $125

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Zero Tolerance 0010TI Titanium Tactical Pen

Zero Tolerance ZT0010TI Titanium Tactical Pen

The Zero Tolerance 0010TI is similar to the 0010BLK and 0010EB tactical pens, but is machined from titanium instead of aluminum. If you’re thinking that this will make the TI version lighter, think again – it’s actually a fraction of an ounce heavier.

The 0010TI is shaped differently than the aluminum versions, and looks a little less pocket-friendly to me.

Titanium Tactical Pen Technical Specs

  • Non-retracting tip
  • O-ring sealed snap cap
  • Glassbreaker tip
  • Rite in the Rain ink cartridge
  • Closed length: 5.3 in. (13.5 cm)
  • Weight: 1.5 oz. (42.5 g)

Price: $225

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