Zero Tolerance Tactical Response Knife
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Sometimes, you just need a folding knife. The 0200 is a professional-grade, folding combat knife built to survive harsh, real-world conditions. It features an innovative recurve blade designed for multi-tasking versatility, minimal mass, and maximum performance. The blade design provides ideal leverage in tough cutting situations and a precisely centered point to handle piercing tasks with ease. The blade is 154CM stainless steel with Tungsten DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) non-reflective coating. Open the knife one-handed using the ambidextrous thumb stud or blade protrusion. 3-D machined scales in G-10 provide a secure grip and top mechanical strength. Handle is drilled to accept a lanyard and the knife comes complete with a quad mounting system for tip-up, tip-down, left or right-handed clip-carry.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #54393 in Sports & Outdoors
- Brand: Kershaw
- UPC: 087171002002
- Model: ZT0200
- Released on: 2010-05-01
- Ambidextrous Opening, Locking Liner, Thumb Stud
- Steel: 154CM stainless-steel with Tungsten DLC coating
- Handle: 3D machined, G-10 in matte black
- Blade Length: 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); Closed Length: 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); Weight: 7.7 oz
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful.
Zero Tolerance 0200 ....balanced and as tough as they come
After much reading over specs and looking at knife reviews on line, I decided to buy a Zero Tolerance 0200 for my heavy duty folder/edc/survival slot in my knife collection. If your looking for a survival folder you can count your life on,..the ZT 0200 is your knife. The knife came sharp but not wicked sharp as I prefer so a couple of strokes on the ceramic rods and the 154cm blade was good to go. One word jumps to mind handling this knife "massive". Its G10 handle is milled with a alligator-scale-like texture. It grips into the hand comfortably and securely. With a glove or bare hands, the knife ergonomics are about as perfect as it gets. Its obvious, this knife can handle hard chores that require pounding, batoning, and prying. The SS liner has been heavily drilled out. The liner lock uses the thickest steel I have ever seen in a liner lock. ZT says they have never had one fail yet and I tend to believe them. Its massive. The 0200 is NOT a assisted opening knife like the 0300 line but you would never know it by how fast it opens with the rear flipper choil or well placed thumb stud. IMO.. it doesnt need a assisted opening. I have much more control with this set up and I would bet its as fast or faster than the assisted models. Its weight is 7.7oz and its not as heavy as the specs would show. Its a very solid well balanced knife so 7.7oz isnt heavy for what the 0200 brings to the table. Jeans or tactical pants carry the knife without notice. The pocket clip can be moved to every possible position. I moved mine to the typical right hand tip-up carry. The DLC coating on this knife is tougher than any blade coating I have seen so far. I took my ZT 0200 out in the woods for a day of abuse. I cut 5" trees down. I used it as a pocket hatchet going through slashings. I made tent stakes,spears, batonned it through logs. Then I came back to the house cleaned the blade with soap and water and took the pics you see below. (notice not a friggen mark on the blade) The lock-up is still rock solid in any direction. I mean it has absolutely NO movement no matter how much pressure I put on it side to side or up and down and still with a sharp edge and opens smooth as glass. Bravo ZT!!I think ZT got the blade thickness and width right with the 0200.
If Rambo had a folder,...this would be his knife. Seriously, I cant imagine what you could do to this knife to make a better design for its intended use. Its perfect as is and a bargain for what you get.
Steel:154CM stainless-steel with Tungsten DLC coating
Handle: 3D machined, G-10 in matte black
Blade Length: 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm) ZT originally had this blade measuring more than 4" so it depends where and how you measure it.
Closed Length: 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Overall Length: 8 3/4"
Weight: 7.7 oz.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful.
My first choice of combat utility knife
My first choice of combat utility knife.
* Blade: Hard and thick blade that can withstand the extreme combat environment.
* Handle: Ergonomically designed with scales for good friction. Although the knife is very big, it fits perfectly in my small hand.
* Sharpness: Despite the thickness, you can shave with it. Only issue is that sharpening the curved up part of the blade. Fixed angle knife sharpener can't easily reach the edge.
* Belt clip: Not pretty but functional and can be re-positioned for left handed person and for tip up/tip down carry.
*Lock: Very very solid with absolutely no blade play.
* Opening: After a little practice, it can easily be opened with a flicker of your thumb. Or if you prefer, you can use its index finger flipper to open it very easily.
*Pivot screw: This is the biggest drawback. You need a small crescent wrench to adjust the tightness.
* Customer Service: Yes, you can rely on Kershaw for repair and sharpness. Kershaw is the only company that I trust when it comes to knife sharpening and repair. I have many different types of tactical knives and this knife comes to the top because its quality and the company's relatively outstanding customer support.
All in all, this is a combat ready knife.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
A solid contender from Zero Tolerance, with a few kinks...
By Jonathan Lee
So, let's cut to the chase -- the ZT0200 from Zero Tolerance is a BEAST.
Considering the relatively low price tag compared to the rest of the ZT line-up, and the renowned quality that you get with ZT knives, I would say that the ZT0200 is one of the best-valued knives you're going to find on the market today. There's just so much to like about it. I'll do a pros/cons rundown below (this review will be a bit lengthy, but I like to be thorough when it comes to product reviews).
[+] It has a FLIPPER! Definitely my favorite way of opening knives, since it uses the least amount of motion and repositioning to open a knife from tip-down pocket carry. The angled flipper on the ZT0200 is easily accessed with either hand, and protrudes just enough to flip open with gloved or gloveless hands, without getting in the way or snagging on things while it's closed.
[+] 4" blade (one of the few flippers on the market with a 4" blade) For me, the larger the blade, the better.
[+] Durable Tungsten DLC coating (non-reflective, and the coating doesn't wear even with heavy usage)
[+] A beautifully designed drop point blade with a nice recurved belly for easy slicing. I think drop points are perfect for a wide variety of tasks, from skinning to chopping, and when the occasion dictates, it can stab without a significant risk of breaking the tip of the blade. On the ZT0200, a swedge along the top also allows the blade to easily travel through tough mediums when stabbing.
[+] 154CM blade material (a nice balance between edge retention and ease of sharpening). I feel that the often-used S30V is too cumbersome to sharpen properly in a pinch out in the field, while medium-grade steels like AUS8 have noticeably less wear resistance. 154CM bridges the gap between AUS8 and S30V nicely. Might I mentioned that the ZT0200 was SHARP straight out of the box (cut through paper, cloth, and cardboard like butter). The edge also maintained its sharpness through some wood batoning and carving.
[+] Well-centered blade (washers on both sides of the blade).
[+] Thick stainless steel liners for added durability (with milled-out holes to lighten weight). The liner lock mechanism is sturdy, yet easy to close with one hand.
[+] Textured G-10 handles for a firm grip -- wet or dry. The 3D texturing is the first I've seen on G-10 handles. A very unique yet useful design choice.
[+] DEEP finger choil (the flipper also acts like an extended choil when the blade is deployed). This makes it pretty much impossible to ever slip forward onto the blade, and if the liner lock ever fails, the flipper will prevent the blade from folding in on your fingers. Bonus!
[+] The overall shape of the handle is very ergonomic. Aside from the deep choil that I already mentioned, the handle is contoured nicely. The middle of the handle is slightly swelled to fit the cup of your hand, and there aren't any overly squared or sharp edges that dig into you.
[+] Nice thumb ramp with well-spaced, square-cut jimping (allows for good traction when bearing down on the top of the blade).
[+] Smooth action when opening. Requires a bit of a flick from the wrist to open, but otherwise it's as smooth as buttuh.
[+] Thumbstud! Aside from the option of opening the knife using the thumbstud, flipper knives that have thumbstuds serve another fail-safe feature. What do I mean? Well, sometimes when you are using the flipper to open the knife, and you forget to flick your wrist a bit, the blade ends up being half open. At this point, if there's no thumbstud on the blade (e.g. Kershaw Tremor), you need to either close the knife and try flipping it open again, or you have to open the blade the rest of the way with your other hand. But with a thumbstud on the ZT0200, if the flipper ever fails to work, you can just finish opening the blade with a thumbstud.
[+] UNassisted opening! I have preferred and probably always will prefer manual opening knives. For ZT knives, manual opening knives are probably just as quick as their AO brethren. The reason for my preference is that the torsion bars on assisted-opening knives (like on the Kershaw SpeedSafes) have been known to break in half after repeated use -- more parts, more prone to breakage. And after that happens, an AO knife essentially becomes a manual folder. And even though ZT will send you free replacement torsion bars in the case that happens, I'd still prefer to not have my knives suddenly break on me.
[+] Next, Zero Tolerance's lifetime warranty is awesome. As confirmed by numerous Kershaw/ZT knife owners, if your knife ever fails for any reason, or your edge needs to be resharpened, you can just send it back to ZT, no questions asked, and they'll fix your knife up for you.
[+] And finally... the ZT0200 is MADE IN THE USA! (as are all ZT knives) This one is a huge plus for me. Not only are ZT knives well-built, but they are made right here in the States. While I have no doubt that, with the level of quality control ZT has, knives built here or overseas are generally going to turn out the same, the fact that ZT is making an effort to keep as many American workers employed says a lot about them as a company. Especially in this economy, while nearly every other company is moving their factories over to Asia to increase profit margins, I really appreciate ZT's dedication. And before I forget to mention, a portion of the proceeds from every sale will go to the PVA (Paralyzed Veterans of America) Heritage Fund.
As you can see, lots of positive things to say about the ZT0200.
But now for the not so good...
[-] The pocket clip has a DEATH GRIP. To me, this feature is a double-edged sword. While it is guaranteed that the knife will never detach from wherever you're clipping it on, I am also certain that if you clip and unclip the knife regularly, the material that you are clipping it on WILL get torn. Why? Well, the clip clamps down really hard on the textured G-10 surface. Given that the weakest link will always wear out first, the weakest link in this case is probably going to be the fabric of your pants pocket. In fact, the clip is so strong that it's often really tough to clip it onto anything thicker than a single layer of denim. For example, I have a 5.11 TacLite Pro pants with thick reinforced pocket edges, and it is damn near impossible to clip the ZT0200 onto those reinforced edges. One solution I've found is to take a mini prybar and bend the clip a bit to lessen the tension. Perhaps over time, the clip will naturally loosen, but straight out of the box, the clip is ridiculously strong.
[-] Weight as a con? Maybe. I'm a 6' guy who weighs ~195lbs. Another 8 ounces on my belt doesn't bother me for EDCing. Though, I know that 8 ounces is still pretty heavy relative to the other options on the market, and may be uncomfortable for many people. But personally, I'll take the weight as long as I get quality and sturdiness in return, and in the ZT0200's case, that is exactly what I'm getting.
[-] Due to the weight of the blade, the ZT0200 can be fully opened without touching the flipper/thumbstud by simply holding the handle a certain way and shaking the knife. To some, this might be an added feature, but if you ever encounter a cop who's having a bad day, he/she might very well twist the law to define the ZT0200 as a "gravity knife". Tightening the pivot screw is a viable option, but that also means the knife won't open as easily.
[-] The pocket clip is only adjustable via a TINY torx bit (I'm still not quite sure which size it is). I tried finding the exact torx bit size in my Leatherman 931014 Bit Kit, but alas I couldn't find one that fit, which means I won't be able to adjust the pocket clip in the field. I would've preferred if ZT used regular screws instead. No worries though, since the default configuration of tip down right hand draw is what I prefer, I won't be adjusting the pocket clip anyway.
Overall, the ZT0200 is a solid buy, and after searching around, I'm pretty positive Amazon has the lowest price... as always. No other knife that I know of has the exact combination of features and materials that the ZT0200 has. And to top it all off, the ZT0200 is built like a tank. So, if you're looking for a heavy duty manual flipper to EDC or to throw in your BOB, this is the one you're looking for.