Zero Tolerance Pocketknives

Zero Tolerance Pocketknives

Zero Tolerance is a knife line produced by Kershaw Knives. Kershaw manufactures kitchen cutlery, tactical knives and pocketknives. The knife company introduced the Zero Tolerance line in 2006. Today, knife enthusiasts often refer to the brand as ZT.

About Kershaw

Kershaw's current headquarters is located in Tualatin, Oregon, but Pete Kershaw established the company in Portland during 1974. Mr. Kershaw was a salesman for the Gerber Legendary Blades Company when he decided to quit his job to begin his own business.

Initially, a manufacturing company in Japan assembled Kershaw's knives. In 1977, the company became an affiliate of the KAI Group. During 1997, the company opened its United States manufacturing site in Wilsonville, Oregon. The company continued to grow, and in 2003, it moved its production site to a larger facility. Today, KAI's products are made in the United States, China and Japan.

The Zero Tolerance line is ideal for emergency workers, law enforcement officers and military personnel. Many of the knife line's models are large and heavy, which also makes them perfect for setting up a campsite, skinning an animal and building a campfire.

Zero Tolerance Collaborative Models

The Zero Tolerance 0566 pocketknife has received a number of positive reviews from knife enthusiasts. The model's length is 7.7 inches, and its blade measures 3.25 inches long. Since the 0566 knife weighs 5.3 ounces, people who buy the knife model will likely notice that it feels substantial. A drop point blade is the model's cutting edge, and the handle is G10 over stainless steel. In addition, owners will find that the 0566 is comfortable to hold and use. It comes with Ken Onion's SpeedSafe device for easy blade access.

Zero Tolerance's 0560 model is one of the company's quality knives. Its total length measures 8.8 inches, and its blade is 3.75 inches long. The knife model weighs 5.8 ounces, which makes the 0560 a large pocketknife. Its blade is a rugged and modified drop point edge that includes a stone washed surface. Kershaw fashions the blade from ELMAX steel. The material is a superior powdered steel formed by the Austrian producer Bohler-Uddeholm. In addition, the knife company collaborated with Rick Hinderer to develop the cutting tool. Mr. Hinderer is a legendary knife maker who is known for his meticulous knife designs. The 0560's handle is black G10 scale, and it covers a stainless steel liner on one side of the knife. The other side is titanium framelock. The company has designed a new clip for the model due to the knife's larger size. Owners will appreciate the clip's refined styling as it will allow them to carry the knife discretely.

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Zero Tolerance knives are strong, reliable cutting tools available with many features.

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Best Zero Tolerance Pocketknives

Zero Tolerance's 0301 Ranger Green Folder is one of the line's best-rated knives. It comes with the SpeedSafe opening mechanism, which allows owners to deploy the blade quickly and with little effort. The knife model also features a mechanism that allows users to activate the blade with one hand. A unique addition to the 0301 knife model is the Tiger Stripe Tungsten Diamond Like Carbon, or DLC, coating. The overlay increases the blade's hardness and decreases friction drag during use. ZT's design team made the knife model with a 3.75-inch long blade. The 0301 Ranger Green Folder weighs 8 ounces, and its total length measures 8.625 inches.

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The Ranger Green (left) & a Speedsafe Linerlock. Two beautiful ZT knives!

The 0200 Zero Tolerance folding knife is another cutting tool with high consumer ratings. ZT's manufacturing crew constructs the handy knife with a Recurve blade, which makes it ideal for multitasking as the model will cut through tough substances. Owners can also use it to pierce and slice. The knife's blade is 4 inches long, and it weighs 7.8 ounces.

Limited Edition Models

Knife enthusiasts should consider purchasing one of the knife line's limited edition models such as the Zero Tolerance 0350 folding knife. The cutting tool comes with the SpeedSafe opening system. In addition, ZT's knife designers made the blade from stainless steel to resist corrosion and withstand many years of use. The limited edition 0350 model's handle features bright orange G10 scales to give users a slip resistant grip, and it comes with a locking liner to secure the blade while owners are using it. The knife weighs 5.6 ounces, and it measures 7.75 inches long.

Zero Tolerance 0350 Plain Edge S30V Blade/Orange G-10 Tactical Knife
Zero Tolerance w/Orange Handle

The Zero Tolerance 0600 RJ Martin Knife is another limited edition cutting tool made by the company. Its blade is 4-1/4 inches long, and its total length is 9.5 inches long. ZT's 0600 model knife weighs slightly more than 6 ounces, and the company's designers fashioned the blade from B75P stainless steel. The handle is made from 3D titanium, and it is coated for comfort during use.


The Zero Tolerance knife line has won the "Overall Knife of the Year" award twice due to the quality materials that the company uses to make them. Zero Tolerance knives are tough cutting tools made with high-end steel. The knife line's products include mechanisms like overbuilt locks and lock assisting devices as well as other handy features. When consumers purchase a Zero Tolerance knife, they'll have a cutting tool that is ideal for small indoor cutting tasks along with intense exterior jobs that involve testing a person's survival skills.