ZeroTolerence 0095BW New Titanium Folding Knife Review

P5030284

Zero Tolerance has always made knives I find appealing. Most of the designs are very beefy and will take a lot of abuse with no ill effects to the blade or locking mechanism. This new design is no exception as far as being able to take abuse and keep on working. This new ZT is a limited edition knife.

The curved grip (handle) shape is nicely done and provides a very solid grip. The handles are made entirely of Titanium while the blade is made of S35VN. The flipper, which activates the blade opening, is larger than many previous models and serves two purposes. It makes the flipper easier to use as well as providing a solid point of contact for the user’s index finger which prevents your hand from slipping forward under heavy use.

In this photo you can see the flipper at the bottom. When closed it shows about 3/8th of an inch sticking up. It makes the knife much easier to open.

In this photo you can see the flipper at the bottom. When closed it shows about 3/8th of an inch sticking up. It makes the knife much easier to open.

The titanium handle has wide, contoured chamfers to provide a secure, comfortable grip. A titanium frame lock with a hardened lockbar insert secures the blade open during use. ZT’s KVT ball-bearing opening system lets you open the 0095BW with ease. The 0095BW’s pocketclip is reversible for left- and right-handed tip-up carry.

S35VN is an improvement on S35V both of which are stainless steel alloys created specifically for knife blades.CPM S35VN is a martensitic stainless steel designed to offer improved toughness over CPM S30V. It is also easier to machine and polish than CPM S30V. Its chemistry has been rebalanced so that it forms some niobium carbides along with vanadium and chromium carbides. Substituting niobium carbides for some of the vanadium carbides makes CPM S35VN about 15-20% tougher than CPM S30V without any loss of wear resistance. CPM S35VN’s improved toughness gives it better resistance to edge chipping.Because both vanadium and niobium carbides are harder and more effective than chromium carbides in providing wear resistance,the CPM stainless blade steels offer improved edge retention
over conventional high chromium steels such as 440C and D2.

Notice the pre drilled holes which allow you to switch the pocket clip to the right side or left depending on your preference.

Notice the pre drilled holes which allow you to switch the pocket clip to the right side or left depending on your preference.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

VIEW ALL TECHNOLOGIES
Made in the USA
KVT ball-bearing opening system
Flipper
Reversible clip (left/right, tip-up)
Titanium frame lock, hardened steel lockbar insert
Decorative pivot hardware
Steel: S35VN, tungsten DLC BlackWash finish
Handle: Titanium, BlackWash finish
Blade length: 3.6 in. (9.8 cm)
Closed length: 4.9 in. (12.4 cm)
Overall length: 8.4 in. (21.3 cm)
Weight: 5.3 oz. (150.3 g)

P5030285

After receiving this knife I swapped it out and replaced my usual daily carry with this ZT. I use a knife a great deal for everything from opening boxes to carving, cutting rope and leather (I make knife sheaths). During the seven or so weeks I’ve used it I’ve used it for the regular chores I mentioned as well as giving it some abuse in testing. I went so far as sticking in through the top of a metal 55 gallon drum that was on the shooting range. It went right on through the first time I tried it. The steel drum left a few minor scratches to the blackwash finish but they didn’t really amount to anything. I even used the butt of the handles to drive a couple of smaller nails into a target stand. The edge held up well with no chips noted even when viewed under a low power microscope. Generally just using a fine ceramic rod would bring the edge back good as new.

The blade edge as it came from the factory. Whoever set the edge did a good job.

The blade edge as it came from the factory. Whoever set the edge did a good job.

After all the use I put it through I sat down with it and used some Breakthrough solvent to clean it up. After cleaning and rinsing it off I used my bottle of Flitz knife and gun wax. This is a great product for any gun or knife. While it does clean some it polishes and leaves a coating of Carnauba and Beeswax behind providing protection from rust, scratches etc. You can even use it on wood as a polish as well as plastic, blued guns, stainless steel and about anything else you need polished. Anyway, after cleaning and polishing about half the scratches were reduced in size with the smaller ones mostly gone. Of course realistically the way I used this knife it should have scratches on it! The blackwash finish is tough and not easily worn off. Overall ZT has another winner in this knife.

The MSRP is $275.00 but can be found online for $220.00 at Knife Art.com.

P5030281



Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


Advertisement

  • Giolli Joker

    “It makes the flipper easier to use as well as providing a solid point
    of contact for the user’s thumb which prevents your hand from slipping
    forward under heavy use.”

    Sure you didn’t mean index finger?
    Once the blade is deployed the flipper is a guard against which you can rest your index finger… unless you’re holding the knife with the blade facing you/up, cutting a loop of rope for example.

    • Yep I need to change that. I do present the blade a good deal with the edge up but in general most folks would be using the index finger. Thanks—-

  • Bear The Grizzly

    The 0350 is my EDC and has easily been the best investment in a knife I’ve ever made. Their customer service is top notch too. When comparing a ZT to the typical folders from a big box store they look like cheap toys in comparison.

  • jng1226

    I too have a 0350 that I love. The G10 handles with the texturing are like holding a nicely checkered 1911 front strap. Comparatively, this design looks great, but those slick handles look like they would be exactly that.

  • DrewN

    No tip down, not for me. Is it so hard to do it like Spyderco and drill 4 more goddamn holes?

    • Jacob

      In your pocket this knife would be tip up.

    • TheSmellofNapalm

      Why on earth would you prefer tip down. Do you prefer a slower and more cumbersome draw which requires fine motor skills to rotate a blade in your hand?

      • DrewN

        Because I do. Any other stupid question?

        • TheSmellofNapalm

          Yeah, do you have an extra Bud-K catalog that I could peruse?

  • Guygasm

    Am I mistaken in that the tip is broken off in the last picture?

  • Edeco

    Not a huge fan of the ball bearing system,prefer the spring assist in a Leek. Wish they’d make a premium Leek with S35V or the like, and the spacer formed as one-piece with one of the grip scales.

    • Madcap_Magician

      There are a bunch of limited-edition Leeks with improved blade and handle materials.

      • Edeco

        Good point, I have an Elmax one and a composite. To be more specific, like premium into the ZT price range. Not that I just want a higher number on the price sticker. I think a lot of knives are insanely overpriced, but that the Leek can go $150 higher and still be a competitive value… Cadmium plated spring, mirror edge (just the edge, not the whole blade), fancier lock-bar, yellow-titanium-nitride some stuff…

  • Madcap_Magician

    ZT makes top-quality knives, but I’m going to nitpick- D2 is not a high-chromium steel, it’s a semi-stainless tool steel that’s only noted for corrosion resistance when compared against other non-stainless steels. The stainless equivalent of D2 is probably Carpenter’s newer CTS-XHP, which was basically designed to be a stainless D2 or a high-hardness 440C.

  • Wanderlust

    Like everything else made by ZT it is really nice, just not sure about the price. It is competitive with other S35V, S30V and Elmax style stuff. My issues with these steels is I can get pretty similar corrosion resistance with cheaper steel that admittedly is softer and less durable/abrasion resistant but is way easier to sharpen and way cheaper (like $25-30), with the same basic opening mechanism. I guess it comes down to if you view it as purely a tool or find some kind of satisfaction with the best one, just like with firearms. To me its just a tool, and for what I use it for I guess that’s enough. I dont fault anyone buying this level of quality though (I have had a ZT but sold it as it just didnt make sense to me).

  • Very cheap knives

  • TheSmellofNapalm

    Someone doesn’t know how to share links. I bet you drink soup with a fork too