Bought the old 550 with the internal cutout while the price was discounted. Don't much need a deep carry clip and the internal cutout is fine by me. I like the more aggressive detent.
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Can anyone with the new version give there thoughts on the detent , the old one i had was very hard to open .
Not that I'm criticizing. I don't think it really matters either way, other than aesthetics.
Last edited by jimw451; 09-02-2012 at 07:54 PM.
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The one I sent it was brand new (tried removing the scale and the screws were stripped out) and the detent wasn't at all "broken in." It will be an interesting comparison.
Awesome. Mine has up and down blade play, this will be a perfect time to send to send it in. Should I put my oe scale on or leave my hinderer on?
Recieved this in the mail today thanks to Dave (Kershaw Guy) i was so excited to try this knife again, the one i bought a year ago was really hard to open but this is 100% spot on.It flies open with a flick of the thumb detent is perfect you can even flip it open with your finger from underneath .Opening and closing the blade is so smooth its like the Tilt , once the blade is open it takes very little force to move the frame lock over to unlock it . thanks ZT
Last edited by gtopper; 09-06-2012 at 03:40 PM.
Ok iv changed my mind on this knife. I hated it at first but after seeing a side by side video comparison, m sold. Im totally getting one and putting an awesome scale on it............and swapping my 551 elmax blade into it.
Something a lot of people wont have lol. Dont forget the reversed lockbar cutout!
Question to those who have both -- does reversing the cutout have anything to do with whether or not the knife opens or closes more smoothly?
My 551 opens super smooth and i cant swing it out with gravity. Once you overcome the strong detent it flies open. I think most of the problems or complaints about the old style 551/550 not being smooth are because people dont like the strong detent because it hurts thier thumb. Im sure there are some real problem cases but i think most of them are expecting ZT knives to open like benchmades.
I heard the reverse cutout makes the lockbar easier to move which probably means less pressure on the blade when closed and a softer detent.
Ok, so...the lock-bar cutout and the deep carry clip. Are there any other 'improvements' or is that it? The reason I ask is I just received a 0550 from a seller on a certain internet auction site, and it was supposed to be the "new" version. As it turns out, it's the "old" version but aside from the fact that the blade is not 'top dead center' it's actually a nice knife. It's my first 0550 and I'm wondering now, do I send it back for the 'new' version? Actually, the off-center blade bugs me enough that it's going back anyhow, but back to the question...Can someone please give a description of what is new besides the cut-out and clip?.
Last edited by Straygator; 09-10-2012 at 02:42 PM.
got my 550 back today in the mail from zt. it's still in good old ti lock side with laser cut lock bar
My original was tight at first, as many FL's are, and needed breaking in. It works fine now.
These are quite a bargain at closeout prices. Each style clip has its own advantages and I don't rate one better than the other -- just different.
If you like the original clip, get one before they are gone.......
(My recommendation would be different if ZT were to come out with a slimmer version, which doesn't seem likely.)
OK - as previously reported, ZT's Warranty Service Dept. just sent back my 0550 and replaced the Ti side with the new deep carry pocket clip design:
I haven't seen this really discussed before, so forgive me is this has already been mentioned. I was surprised to see that the G10 side of the knife still has horizontal screw holes for the old-style pocket clip as opposed to vertically aligned screw holes which correspond to the new deep carry pocket clip. The deep carry clip is not reversible.
ZT says they are including both old and new versions of the pocket clip in the production version packaging.
If you were thinking (like I did) that handle scales made for the old-style 0550/1 wouldn't fit the new versions, rest assured they will. Now if we can only get some new scales out there in the market....
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