Zero Tolerance and custom knifemaker Todd Rexford join forces to produce the Zero Tolerance 0801.
It starts with a blade of ELMAX powdered steel. ELMAX enables ZT to produce a blade with a razor edge, excellent edge retention, strength, and toughness. A stonewashed blade finish hides hard-use scratches and makes maintenance easier.
The 0801 handle is lightweight and durable titanium with machined grooves for a secure grip—and a great look. The titanium handle features a secure frame lock. The blade deploys using the built-in flipper. Just pull back on the flipper and the razor-sharp ELMAX blade rotates out of the handle on ZT’s glass-smooth KVT ball-bearing system. No springs required; just simple, one-handed opening. Easy. The 0801 pocketclip is designed for deep carry and is reversible for left- or right-handed carry. Decorative pivot hardware completes the 0801's handsome look.
If you like the looks of all metal, all the time, the 0801 is the right choice.
KVT Opening System
- Made in the USA
- Manual open, KVT ball-bearing system
- Frame lock
- Reversible (left/right), deep-carry clip
- Steel: ELMAX®, stonewashed finish
- Handle: Titanium
- Blade Length: 3.5 in. (8.9 cm)
- Closed Length: 4.7 in. (11.9 cm)
- Overall Length: 8.2 in. (20.8 cm)
- Weight: 5.8 oz. (164.4 g)
- A manual opening system
- Enables smooth and easy one-handed opening of ZT's heavier blades, even without a spring or torsion bar
- Uses ball bearings to enable the blade to glide out of the handle
The KVT opening system is a manual opening system that enables smooth, easy blade opening without the use of a spring or torsion bar to "assist" the blade out of the handle. Instead, the KVT system uses a series of ball bearings that surround the pivot point of certain ZeroTolerance folding knives. As a knife user pulls back on the flipper blade protrusion or pushes outward on the thumbstud, the ball bearings rotate so that the blade glides out of the handle then locks into place, ready for use.
- Enables fast and easy one-handed opening
- Ambidextrous—works for left- and right-handers
- Both manual and assisted opening knives may have a flipper
Zero Tolerance folding knives most often open with a "flipper." The flipper is usually a part of the blade that protrudes at the knife spine when the knife is closed. When opened, the protrusion forms part of the finger guard. Flippers may be found on both manual and assisted opening ZTs.
ELMAX is a third-generation powdered steel from Bohler Uddeholm. Incredibly clean, it has virtually no nonmetallic inclusions and offers an extremely uniform distribution of carbide. A high chromium-vanadium-molybdenum alloyed steel, ELMAX combines high wear resistance with corrosion resistance. It polishes beautifully and can be hardened to 60+ on the Rockwell Hardness Scale. It is capable of producing highly complex blade geometries for knives with great strength and hardness—and great style. As an environmental bonus, the powdered steel process produces very little scrap material.
Titanium is a lightweight, corrosion-resistant metal with high tensile strength. ZT uses it as a handle material, a liner, a lockbar, or as part of a performance-enhancing coating.
In a frame lock knife, the knife handle—its “frame”—consists of two plates of material on either side of the blade. To ensure a secure lock up, one or both of these plates is usually metal. When the knife is opened, the metal side of the frame, the lockbar, butts up against the backend of the blade (the tang) and prevents the blade from closing. To close a frame lock knife, the user pushes the frame to the side, unblocking the blade, and folds the blade back into the handle. Like locking liner knives, frame locks are manufactured so that the locking side of the frame is angled toward the interior of the knife, creating a bias toward the locked position. Both the blade tang and the lockbar are precisely angled so they fit together for a secure, reliable lockup. The thickness of the frame material blocking the blade open makes the frame lock extremely sturdy.