The world of cutlery is laden with knives of every description, but few are what you'd call "transcendent." The Zero Tolerance 0055 model is just such a knife. Zero Tolerance--a division of Kai USA also manufacturing Kershaw Knives --has a reputation for pushing the design envelope. The ZT 0055 licks the stamp and forwards it to parts unknown.
The ZT 0055 flipper folder has all the angles of a stealth fighter--and then some. A collaboration with custom knifemaker Gus T. Cecchini of GTC Knives, this striking folder is patterned after his Airborne model. Known for his futuristic designs, the Cecchini-styled ZT 0055 has angles all over--from its multi-ground, stonewashed 3.75" S35VN stainless steel blade to its dramatically sculpted, bead-blasted 5" titanium handle. Everything about the ZT 0055 works in unison. On the backside you'll find an integral lock--still the gold standard among most custom folder makers--and a hardened steel lockbar insert making for a vault-like lock-up. Also out back is a titanium tip-up pocket clip, reversible for right or left pocket carry.
Two very cool features we'll take a closer look at here are the unique blade and innovative flipper design. Cecchini's blade design falls into what's referred to as a modified Tanto--a highly reconfigured version of the traditional Japanese style. There are three grinds to the blade, two on the lead edge and one on the spine. Unlike a typical Tanto, the abrupt clip on the end is relegated to the backside of the blade so there's no drop-off in slicing capability along the main IT edge, yet it still retains penetrability. The coup de grace is the ZT 0055's top shelf S35VN stainless blade, a proprietary powder-based steel developed specifically for the cutlery market by Crucible Industries LLC.
The blade opens by way of a flipper, but this is no ordinary flipper. Cecchini's "hidden" SLT flipper...