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Zero Tolerance 0560 - REVIEW PT.2

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews' started by FortySix&2, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. FortySix&2

    FortySix&2 Banned

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    Specifications:
    Overall Length: 8.8"
    Blade Length: 3.75"
    Blade Steel: Elmax
    Closed Length: 5.05"
    Handle Material: 3-D machined G-10 front scale, 3-D machined titanium back handle, stonewashed finish
    Weight: 5.8 oz.

    This is part 2 of the Zero Tolerance 0560 knife review. If you haven't read part 1 you can do so here. One of the most sought-after knives for any hardcore collector is Rick Hinderer’s legendary xm18. The xm18 is the knife that launched Rick Hinderer's career to stardom and has been a very popular knife design. Unfortunately it is near impossible to obtain a Hinderer xm18 for under $300. So Rick and the folks at Zero Tolerance teamed up and brought out the 0560. A high quality production knife with the same inspiration put in the xm18 at a price that's more affordable to the consumer.

    In the last two weeks or so I've been carrying and using this knife on just about everything from breaking down boxes, cutting rope, cutting steaks and a bunch of other stuff. For a knife of this size you'd think it would be pretty heavy and uncomfortable to carry daily. That's not the case here. At almost 9" inches overall length this knife comes in at 5.8 ounces. That's almost two full ounces lighter than my Benchmade 275 Adamas. That's all attributed to using top quality materials and a fine attention to detail.

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    The ZT 0560 blade steel is the Elmax stainless steel. Elmax is a high chromium-vanadium molybdenum alloyed steel that combines high wear resistance with corrosion resistance; also offers high strength and hardenability. The blade length measures at 3.75" in length with a thickness of about 4mm. The blade is a strong modified drop point design with a high flat grind which makes this a great slicer. And to top it off it has a beautiful stone washed finish.

    As I mentioned in Part 1 of the review, Out of the box the ZT 0560 was super fast and smooth. After two weeks of use nothing has changed. It's still super fast and smooth. This is attributed to the Kershaw Velocity Technology (KVT). The KVT system is a group of bearings that replaces a more traditional phosphor bronze or teflon washers. I've also read different people saying the thumb studs are useless. For myself, I would disagree. While it is a flipper and that's how I deploy the blade, It is possible to get a firm grip on the ambidextrous thumb studs for deploying that way.

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    After two weeks of use the blade still sits true center and lock up is extremely tight with absolutely no wiggle in any direction.

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    The handle construction on the ZT 0560 is top notch all around. On one side you have a black 3D machined G10 handle that is mounted to a stainless steel liner that is milled out to reduce weight. On the backside is a 3D machined slab of 6AL4V titanium that makes up the frame-lock which is also milled out for weight reduction. The handles are machined with a slight radius which gives the knife a great contour for a firm grip. Zero Tolerance also offers a 0561, which is the same knife with a dark earth brown color G10 scale.

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    And holding the beautiful handles together are standoffs. Not only are standoff knives really cool to look at, but they serve much purpose. A standoff design knife allows you to clean the knife much easier and it reduces the weight of the knife since you don't have a chunk of material holding the handles together.

    When it comes to jimping, Zero Tolerance knocks this one out of the park. Between the ZT 0300 and this 0560, the jimping is some of the best precision cut jimping I've experienced on a knife. The thumb ramp, finger choil and the back underside of the handle jimping is very aggressive but not to the point where it's discomforting to use. This allows a firm secure grip no matter what task your up against!

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    Here you can see the Hinderer lock bar stabilizer. This prevents the accidental over travel of the lock bar during closing of the knife. Rick does a great job thoroughly discussing the design behind the lock back stabilizer here.

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    The pocket clip on the ZT 0560 is very well built. It's deep carry which I love and it has great tension but not so extreme that it tears up your pockets. It is quad-mount so this knife will cater to left or right hand tip-up or tip-down consumers. In the picture above you can see it sitting in the pocket in tip-up fashion.

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    My final conclusion on the Zero Tolerance 0560: This is a terrific knife. If you pick one up you'll be hard pressed to put it down, except to reach for your wallet. The quality of materials and craftsmanship is superb. You will be totally blown away at how smooth the 0560/0561 opens - nothing comes close to it. If you're in the market for a elegant, super-strong folding knife, that is one of the best on the market, then look no further this is what you're looking for!

    Check out our website for other knife and gear reviews.

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  2. Coupe_gxp

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    Great review I like my 0550 alot but after carrying around my socom elite I don't think I would like a blade bigger than 3.5" to edc everyday. The 0550 is a little bulky and takes up a little room but the socom really dominates your pocket that and the grip tape isn't always friendly.
     
  3. FortySix&2

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    I think carrying these bigger knives is a acquired taste. Some people are to accustom to 4oz or less in weight and 3" blades and it's just hard for them to go outside the norm. Myself, I can accustom to just about anything. I have a few friends who think it's odd that I would carry such a large folder like the 0560 or a knife as heavy as the 0300 or the 275.
     
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    I don't mind it so much if I am wearing my carharts with lots of pockets and I don't care about the weight at all its just giving up a pocket completely to the knife is overkill to me. The 560 might play nicer putting it in my waistband but the socom with the grip tape doesn't play nice, with a belt on the waistband is also a inconvientant place to carry it but thats just my opinion. I am a pretty small frame person though so a huge knife in my waistband can really stick into you. My two other favorite knives are a BM 746 or a BM 940.
     
  5. tmedina

    tmedina EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I hate this review. I hate every glorious, lust-inducing picture in it. Excuse me while I go find a towel to wipe the drool of my screen.
     
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    Yeah that could pose a issue if you carry a few things. I myself don't carry much so giving up a pocket doesn't really matter much to me. But I do understand where you're coming from.

    ha. That's how I was for about two months until my budget allowed me to scoop one up. Now every time I carry it I am giddy and wanna show everyone how cool it is and use it at the steakhouse instead of their cheapo knives haha.
     
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    nice review.

    i love everything about this knife but the size. i will probably still own one eventually anyways.......but it probably wont get carried much. more of something to play with when im sitting at home watching tv
     
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    Love mine, the ergos are great, its rock solid and the elmax is razor sharp.. only beef is the lock became super sticky. I tried the pencil lead trick with no luck but the sharpie trick has been working good for a couple days now.
     
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    I read about some saying theirs developed a sticky lock bar. Mine is smooth as silk thus far :crossfingers:
     
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    Well done review -- thanks.

    I'm no fan of Rick Hinderer's retail pricing for anyone who isn't LEO, EMT or military. But he is to be congratulated for teaming up with ZT to build these beautiful and more affordable designs.

    Rick's design allows the 560/561 series to be a bit lighter in weight than his smaller 550/551 series.

    ZT has made some running tweaks and more recent productions (serial numbers 4,000 and higher) have largely eliminated the sticky lock issue. I smoothed out the lock on an earlier serial number with Tuf Glide. I left my early 561 open for a few weeks and it now opens as easily as my more recent 560. (This trick also worked with another frame lock, the Spyderco Techno.)

    The scales on the 550 series have never seemed very attractive to me. The so-called 3D scales on the 560s are a quantum improvement. They are so good-looking, I'm always surprised when I see someone install one of the after-market scales.

    For those who wish for a smaller 560, ZT has announced its 3.25 inch 566 model. It will be less expensive and lack the wonderful 3D and Ti touches while, unfortunately, IMO, adding assisted opening. Here's hoping the AO is as easy to remove as early reports indicate.