ZT0223 – not named for .223, but it ought to be

Zero Tolerance Knives announced the release of the ZT0223 back around Blade Show 2019. It appears to be available now. A Tim Galyean design, the new folder takes its inspiration from what is sort of side-referenced to as a “classic military knife”, but unlike the Ka-Bar it’s almost certainly named after, the ZT knife is a folder. This makes it, ZT says, “…easy to EDC and ready for every task you ask it to take on.”

Zero Tolerance ZT0223

All images via Zero Tolerance Knives website or social media. 

Details from the Zero Tolerance Knives website are as follows;

The blade is clip-point style with heavy jimping along the spine and a cutout to decrease weight. CPM 20CV blade steel offers exceptional hardness and wear resistance to take and hold a sharp edge, toughness to resist impact, and—with the highest level of chromium of any high-vanadium steel—excellent corrosion resistance. For an extra measure of blade protection, ZT adds black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating, ceramic bead blasted for a non-glare finish.

Zero Tolerance ZT0223

The titanium handle is also DLC coated and bead blasted to extend the matte look. The 0223 has a sturdy titanium frame lock with a hardened steel lockbar insert for reliable lockup. ZT’s KVT ball-bearing system, combined with a highly ergonomic flipper, make the 0223 quick and easy to open, too. The 0223’s earth brown G10 handle scales are reminiscent of the original military knife’s stacked leather handle. Our G10 scales wrap around to the top of the handle and meet in the middle to provide a comfortable and secure grip—as well as helping to keep debris out of your knife.

Zero Tolerance ZT0223

The pocketclip is left/right reversible and made of bent steel with a black Teflon® finish. The bronze-anodized titanium tube spacer in the handle is secured by two custom screws. A series of decorative holes drilled in the ricasso of the blade echo the jimping along the spine and add to the subtle details of this remarkably handsome knife.

ZT0023 SPECS

  • Made in the USA
  • Manual open, KVT ball-bearing system
  • Frame lock, with steel lockbar insert
  • Reversible clip (left/right, tip-up)
  • Steel: CPM 20CV, DLC coating
  • Handle: Titanium, DLC coating, earth brown G10
  • Blade Length: 3.5 in. (8.9 cm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.156 in. (0.4 cm)
  • Closed Length: 5 in. (12.8 cm)
  • Overall Length: 8.6 in. (21.8 cm)
  • Weight: 4.7 oz. (134 g)

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