|The Zero Tolerance 0560 (Hinderer Collaboration)|
I had to sell a couple of other knives to fund the purchase of the Zero Tolerance (ZT) 0560 because I really wanted this knife. Fortunately, I found one brand new in the box at a gun show for a VERY good price and snatched it up in short order.
The lock side of the ZT 0560 is made of 3-D textured 6AL4V titanium while the non-lock side is made from 3-D Textured G-10 with a skeletonized, thin, I'm assuming titanium liner underneath (I'm guessing here) . The 3-D Machining on both sides of the handles look somewhat like fish scales; I like them. The blade is made of Uddeholm's "super steels" in ELMAX; more on the blade later. Like my favorite knife, the Hinderer XM-18 and my other Zero Tolerance knife the ZT 0550 , it is very apparent as soon as you open the box and handle this knife, you're handling top quality.It's also very apparent that it has a strong Hinderer lineage.
|The beautiful 3-D Machined Titanium Lock Side of the ZT 0560|
FIT AND FINISH:
Out of the box, the ZT 0560 was VERY smooth albeit with some serious sticking trying to use the thumb stud. According to ZT however, the "thumb stud" is actually not intended to be a thumb stud for opening the knife; it's a blade stop. This knife was intended to be opened with the provided flipper. I can open it with the thumb stud/blade stop but it is very difficult. With the flipper, there is very little effort required and it works great. In fact, flipping it is very addictive and you'll probably find yourself flipping it quite-a-bit when you fist get it. There were no issues with the pivot screw turning while opening like I've had with a few of my other Ti frame locks. The screws were all nice and tight and nicely recessed. The Standoff's , like my ZT 0550 and Hinderer XM-18 are very substantial. The clip was tight and there were no burs on any of the milled areas. There were no sharp edges on either the G-10 nor the Ti Side. The jimping on the back of the blade, spine of the knife, lock area and inside the knife handle were sufficiently smooth and not uncomfortable by any means; nice machining! Blade centering was as close to perfect out of the box as I've seen on a Ti Frame Lock. The edge was ground very nicely and very even on both sides. The one ding I have on this knife is that the frame lock has failed several times. Once while trying to field dress a deer, the lock failed and cut my hand pretty good. Mere hand pressure backwards on the blade in the locked position can cause it to fail; no spine whacking needed. Other than blade play in the direction of the lock face however, there is no blade play in any direction. The sole blade play is due to the weak lock. I have contacted ZT and they have advised to send it in and I will update this review accordingly. Thus far, I have had zero issues with ZT/Kai's warranty service so I expect no issues...to be updated later..
|Dang good Blade centering out of the box|
|Lock up on the ZT 0560 (left) and the XM-18 (right)|
|If you look closely, you can see the detent ball marks on the blade but the detent/bearing itself is nicely concealed within the TI Side scale|
|Excellent blade shape for many applications. You can also see why ZT refers to the stud as a blade stop.|
|A very well done 4-way adjustable pocket clip on the ZT 0560|
|ZT 0560 (left) compared to the Hinderer XM-18 (right); two fine knives...|
|A trio of Titanium frame locks, the ZT 0550 (left), ZT 0560 (middle) and XM-18 (right)|
I don't usually include a section in my reviews regarding Warranty issues and customer service but KAI / Kershaw / Zero Tolerance deserves a mention on this subject. Two things stand out about this company in this regard; one, Zero Tolerance is made in the United States by craftsmen at their factory in Oregon. Second, Kershaw and Zero Tolerance have EARNED a reputation in the industry for their rock solid customer service and warranty. In short, it does not get any better that I know of within the knife world. Purchase a Kershaw or Zero Tolerance knife and you have bought a knife from a company that stands behind their product. Nothing else needs to be said....I'll be testing it again with this knife. :)
UPDATE 4/29/14 : I have FINALLY sent the knife off for service (I have lots of knives so I procrastinate a bit). I will update with ZT's response as soon as it occurs.
UPDATE 5/19/14: I just received my ZT 0560 back from ZT customer service. It now locks up solid as a rock. There is no lock rock what-so-ever. While they did not provide an explanation of what they did, it APPEARS as though they reground the lock face to make it sit more solidly against the blade. As it sits, this knife is as close in quality to my Hinderer XM-18 as I think any knife could be. This is ONE SOLID knife. Zero Tolerance / KAI / Kershaw again gets a solid 10 in the customer service / warranty department. Don't hesitate to get this knife.
|The ZT 0560 on a bushcraft hike in the Lincoln national forest in NM.|