Thoughts on the ZT0301


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dayhiker
October 2, 2013, 12:27 PM
After carrying and using this knife for the past six months here are my opinions.

First the materials and build quality are top notch even though mine is a factory blem. The torsion bar does rattle with the knife open, but repacking it in grease will solve that. It has never failed to fire open. The frame lock is still solid with no lock rock or movement at all. The dlc coating is tough. It has scratched a little and is slightly worn on the edges and high spots on the blade. The S30V blade takes and holds a great hair popping edge. The only minor chipping I have had is because of me cutting stuff I shouldn't have. The sharpmaker brought the edge back just fine. Ergonomics are good.Fits my medium/small hands perfectly. I dk not notice any hot spots after prolonged use.

I have used this knife to cut everyting that needs cutting. String, food, wood, carpet, metal cans, wire, paper etc... It did its job. I haven't babied this knife. It is just a tool to me. I have done things with it that are beyond a folders intended purpose. I have pryed a locked car door frame open enough to slip in a bent car antena. And yes I have battoned it to split kindling.The only damage I have been able to cause is the loss of about 1/8" of the tip when it came into contact with a running lawn mower blade. Don't ask... ;)

I love this knife. But if does have a few cons. I do not like the pockef clip. The knife sits too high for my taste so I removed it and carry in my back pocket. This knife is heavy. I wear jeans so the sag isnt that bad, in slacks it might be a problem. It is not a slicer. If cutting stuff into paper thin slices is on your to do list carry a second knife like a SAK (I do ). It is not a non knife people friendly knife. I live in a rural area and have a blue collar job so it isn't an issue for me. Pull it out in an office setting and you might have to go see HR.

Overall I am impressed with this knife and it will remain my daily carry.



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dayhiker
October 2, 2013, 12:28 PM
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JShirley
October 2, 2013, 08:36 PM
Except for the recurve blade- which I think is essentially nothing but a fashion statement on a folder- looks like a good knife.

John

dayhiker
October 4, 2013, 02:05 PM
I can live with or without the recurve. I understand some find it harder to sharpen, but for me I don't find it a pro or a con.


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JShirley
October 4, 2013, 02:11 PM
Did Ken Onion design this?

dayhiker
October 4, 2013, 02:36 PM
Yes...as well the 030X series is a collab with Strider.

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1KPerDay
October 4, 2013, 04:36 PM
Thanks for the report. I have the 0300 and it's gigantic and rough on the hands. thumb stud is next to useless (for me), but the flipper/tab thing works great. S30V steel seems very durable. I mostly open boxes and packages and do miscellaneous tinkering/around the house tasks with it... my carry is a Kershaw Scallion (I'm not really a "knife guy" in case you can't tell).

This knife is too big for me to carry comfortably. I may try your back pocket idea.

dayhiker
October 4, 2013, 05:07 PM
The 'thumb stud' wasn't designed to be one. It really is the blade stop. I agree that it is hard to use as a opening device. But i love flippers anyway....thank you Carson :D. And I also agree an 8 ounce knife isn't for everyone.

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chaser_2332
October 5, 2013, 02:39 AM
what appears to be a thumbs stud is a blade stop as mentioned above, as far as the recurve being a fashion statement I will disagree a bit. I use my for work everyday and really have come to love the slight recurve on my 301 vs the last few straight blade benchmades I have had.

Big_John1961
October 7, 2013, 11:56 PM
Except for the recurve blade- which I think is essentially nothing but a fashion statement on a folder- looks like a good knife.
Recurve blades are not fashion statements, they're very effective for different types of cuts, draw cuts, etc, and generally make good slicers.

To the OP, glad you like your knife, but I returned the one I bought. Way too over-built and heavy for an EDC knife, IMO, at least for me and just not practical for the type of cutting I do on a daily basis.

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