Zero Tolerance and Kershaw knives are both members of the Kai group of companies, known world wide for amazing Japanese knife technology. Zero Tolerance is basically the more expensive brand of the two, however much changes quickly in the world of business, and Zero Tolerance is sort of coming into it’s own, and behaving like an independent company. The knife we will look st in this post is the 0450, and was designed by Dmitry Sinkevich. Mr. Sinkevich has an excellent reputation for his designs, and it is always exciting to learn of a new product hitting the market that is the result of his design work. Always amazing, and always a pleasure to encounter.
This knife has a drop point blade. The drop point blades are quite prevalent now days as such knives are quite practical in daily life circumstances. These blades are quite good at doing slicing chores of any kind, and if ever the user needs to make a piercing cut, that chore is no problem whatsoever.
Zero Tolerance seems to have made the choice to join the club as it were, employing Crucible Powder Metallurgy in their choices of knife steels. Even Chris Reeve has put this type of blade steel to very good use as is evidenced in his Sebenza knives, and it should come as no surprise that newer knife companies out of China are also taking advantage of the technology. CPM S35VN steel has become enormously popular among knife fabricators because it is quite possible the market’s most balance steel product at this time. The steel has a reputation for holding it’s edge for great duration of time, the steel is no issue whatsoever to polish, and it so very, very easy to sharpen when needed. Most consumers seem to have no complaints.
As for the Excellent Zero Tolerance 0450, which by the way, is produced in the United States, it is a very impressive product indeed. It seems as though, once again, ZT is taking it’s overall game up a notch. This knife has been a great seller since it was released. The knife, of course sells quite well for all of the correct reasons, and many might be attracted to the made in the USA status of the product. Yes it is true that the parent company is Japanese, but here we are again with the new world confusion over attempts to be brand loyal as well as country of origin loyal.
Not so long ago, i was at the Central Philippines, and had occasion to accidentally stumble upon a GM assembly location. A friend was simply applying for a job their. Cars that i thought had made in Korea status, we being put together at the Island i was staying on. Parts from Korea, assembly labor at the Phils, me the American confused as always. I have no idea which way is up anymore, but i do know great work is being done all over the world. Of that, i really am so very certain.