The Zero Tolerance 0456 Is Elegance With An Attitude
By Pat Covert
Those familiar with Zero Tolerance knives are no doubt aware the company is the top-shelf division of Kershaw Knives created specifically for discriminating military, law enforcement, black ops users and those who prefer an upscale everyday carry knife. ZT carries on the tradition with the 0456 model, a mid-size titanium-frame folder with a powerful punch to match its impeccably good looks.
The 0456 is designed by popular custom knife maker Dmitry Sinkevich of Belarus who has several successful collaborations with ZT under his belt. The 4.5-inch titanium frame features a sleek 3-D machined ray pattern in a 2-tone finish. On the backside is a sturdy frame lock with matching pattern plus a deep pocket clip, also of titanium. The folder’s 3.25-inch deep-bellied CTS-204P stainless steel blade—which also has a 2-tone finish—can best be described as a hybrid blend of clip point and reverse tanto styles. The blade is activated by a flipper, rolling out smoothly via ZT’s patented, butter-slick KVT ball-bearing pivot. The striking titanium pivot is anodized in blue, as are the pocket clip and stand-off spacers.
At 6.6 ounces the ZT 0456 is not a lightweight knife, but a far cry from burdensome. The handle fills the palm well and exudes a failsafe air. Blade lock-up is rock solid and the locking leaf features a hardened steel lockbar insert which assures longer wear compared to the softer titanium. The 0456 is a bulldog in hand, but an elegant one. Nothing has been overlooked in it quality of manufacture and material selection. Better yet, it’s made in the USA!
MAKER: Zero Tolerance/Kai USA
18600 SW Teton Avenue
Tualatin, OR 97062
Steel type: CTS-204P, 2-tone finish
Blade length: 3.25 inches
Overall length: 7.7 inches
Weight: 6.6 ounces
Handle: Titanium frame lock
Carry: Pocket clip, Price: $300
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