Zero Tolerance 0223, A Contemporary Military Folding Blade


Zero Tolerance 0223
Zero Tolerance 0223

U.S.A. –-( Oregon primarily based Zero Tolerance Knives is at it once more, adding to their currently expansive catalog of American-created knives.  New to the Fall 2019 lineup comes the Tim Galyean-made ZT 0223, a complete-size pocket folder with a definite military influence.

Zero Tolerance 0223 Pocket Folding Knife

Let’s run down the tech specs, as offered by ZT:

  • Created in the USA
  • Manual open, KVT ball-bearing method
  • Frame lock, with steel lockbar insert
  • Reversible clip (left/proper, tip-up)
  • Steel: CPM 20CV, DLC coating
  • Deal with: Titanium, DLC coating, earth brown G10
  • Blade Length: three.five in. (eight.9 cm)
  • Blade Thickness: .156 in. (.four cm)
  • Closed Length: five in. (12.eight cm)
  • All round Length: eight.six in. (21.eight cm)
  • Weight: four.7 oz. (134 g)

1 word that usually stands out when I am scanning items: “titanium”.  I appreciate the stuff, when utilised in proper applications.  Right here the deal with, frame-lock and tube spacer are all Ti, maintaining the weight down.  Sub-five ounces on an eight.6″ knife?  That is fairly good.  The reduce-out window along the spine, as properly as the holes in the ricasso, also combine efforts to preserve the mass to a minimum.

Zero Tolerance 0223
Zero Tolerance 0223

The KVT ball-bearing that the blade makes use of to rotate is a model of efficiency.  It requires surprisingly small work to whip the knife into “go” mode.  After unlocked, the blade would like to spin oh-so effortlessly down onto your fingers, but the properly-spaced flipper/lock ratio indicates the flipper stops the knife immediately after it is gone ~30° towards locking.  The frame lock which holds the blade back is properly-balanced, getting moderately straightforward to disengage, however not as well straightforward.  Nicely performed!

The deal with itself is properly-shaped.  The sole finger groove close to the handle’s best is an fantastic reference point each when cutting or when closing the knife.  That exact same finger groove flares out at the best, acting as a strong finger-quit to protect against your hand from slipping upwards throughout heavy use.  The ridges on the G10 scales provide a great grip surface, even when wet.

The G10 scales and DLC (diamond-like carbon) coatings utilised to give the 0223 some severe defense against corrosion, abrasion, and put on in common.  Even the lowly pocket clip gets in on the action, wearing a Teflon jacket to lower friction against your pocket.

Zero Tolerance 0223
Zero Tolerance 0223
Zero Tolerance 0223
Zero Tolerance 0223

All the good options and coatings do not imply jack nonetheless if the blade’s steel is not up to the job.  The ZT 0223 makes use of CPM 20CV for it is clip-point blade, with DLC coating.  How great is 20CV? calls it “one of the single most coveted stainless “super steels” for knife enthusiasts in the world”.  CPM 20CV has a Rockwell Hardness Rating of 59-61 HRC, putting it exceedingly higher amongst knives intended for person use.  This offers fantastic toughness and edge retention, although it also requires a small longer to sharpen.

Zero Tolerance 0223
Zero Tolerance 0223

Not that sharpening is some thing you are going to do normally with the 0223, unless you commit your leisure time whittling Grizzly bones.  Just after a extended-variety day, I commit a great whilst breaking the “rust” off of my (outdated) defensive knife education.  My opponent, a standing dead cedar.  Just after a couple rounds of slash-n-jab, the 0223 nonetheless appears and feels new.  No, cedar is not really hard like oak.  Yes, it’ll nonetheless dull a blade speedy adequate as a practice dummy!  Practically nothing else I’ve performed with the ZT 0223 has had a lot of an impact either.

Just after a month of treating it like a $10 disposable junker at the variety, in the woods and in the shop, it is nonetheless arm-shaving sharp.

It should not come as a surprise that Zero Tolerance can craft a single mighty fine knife when they pull out the stops.  For a lot of although, the very first (and final) consideration is cost.  With a going price of $300, the ZT 0223 will undoubtedly be out of consideration for a lot of who want neither titanium nor premium steel.  For these who pick out to lay down severe coin for a severe knife, the 0223 is a worthy contender for your consideration.

This is precisely the sort of knife I would get and use if I have been nonetheless in the service and having prepared to deploy once more.  Verify it out!

About Rex NanorumJens Hammer

Rex Nanorum is an Alaskan Expatriate living in Oregon with his wife and children. Expanding up on industrial fishing vessels, he located his subsequent adventure with the 2nd Bn, 75th Ranger Regt. Just after five tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, he adventured about the west coast becoming a industrial fisheries and salvage SCUBA diver, rated helicopter pilot instructor (CFII) and private trainer, just before becoming a gear reviewer and writer.”

-Rex Nanorum



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