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Help me choose....spyderco tuff or zt 560

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by GuinnessSynd, Sep 15, 2012.


Poll closed Sep 29, 2012.
  1. spyderco tuff

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  2. zt 560

    0 vote(s)
  1. GuinnessSynd


    Aug 25, 2011
    i'm looking at getting one of these knives... will eventually get both but only have funds for the one... have a zt 550 and love it have handles the 560 and reallly loved it....the tuff was really comfy in my hand. i love the designs of both knives.. i'm torn. HELP ME
  2. OldSarSwmr


    Jan 1, 2010
    This is a tough one, they are such completely different knives. I think you would be happy with either. I voted for the Tuff but I think if you wait for that, the price may go even lower.
  3. bdmicarta

    bdmicarta Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    I think they both look interesting and if you have interest in both of them then buy both of them.

    I have real interest in the 560 and want one for myself so I voted for that one.
  4. severedthumbs


    Nov 9, 2004
    The 560 because the Tuff is the ugliest knife ever made.
  5. 72jroberts


    Mar 16, 2012
    Im with SeveredThumbs,
    the Tuff is FUGLY.
    But since youre getting both, then you will at least have one handsome knife..........
  6. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I had a 550. I loved it, but it was too large for EDC. I carry a Sebbie, Umnumzaan or Strider Sng. Get what is comfortable in your hand and is light enough not to be a pain to carry. Some many large folders just sit in the box at home.
  7. OrdnanceBubbaUSMC


    May 23, 2004
    Tuff design is better...for over $200 a folder needs to be as good or better than my sub $80 folders in ergonomics and able to choke up on blade for leverage/detail. Cool features and fashion the ZT wins, for sub 4 inch edge knife use Spyderco wins...could mix and match several models and get the same conclusion.
  8. Goosey


    Mar 19, 2012

    Yeah, it's odd... I would have to go with the 0560 myself
  9. sigsoup


    Dec 17, 2011
    +1 and the 560 has the smoothest opening ever!!! Alot friendlier looking then the mini folding "Rock".

    best regards
  10. J85909266


    Jun 6, 2005
    Tuff has better steel, better lock interface and Sal Glesser.
  11. shunsui

    shunsui Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    Buy both, make a decision, sell the other.
  12. HuntBomb


    Sep 18, 2009
    The Tuff is buff and may have decent ergo's, but it seems to be a love/hate folder.
    The 560, on the other hand, is a homerun and hits the spot on everything I need in a folder.
    I only own 1 ZT and about a dozen Spyderco, so it's not me being bias... I just get that greater sense of satisfaction when my 560 gets put to the test. (similar to my feelings about the Spyderco Military)
  13. bdmicarta

    bdmicarta Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    My first impression was the same but I found photos of a shiny new tuff that made it look pretty awesome, and of course "beauty is as beauty does". With some patina it might not look quite as good though. I'm still swayed by looks though and I really want an 0560. Fwiw I think the back side of most frame locks look pretty ugly.
  14. GuinnessSynd


    Aug 25, 2011
    think i will go with the 560 and then eventually pics up a tuff
  15. Allen R.

    Allen R.

    Nov 1, 2011
    i voted 560 because for me, I live in a very humid climate and elmax's corrision resistance is awesome, 3v might be tougher, but it's not stainless so ill stick with elmax, also as said above the tuff is probably the ugliest knife i have ever seen in my life, I believe in function over form but come on that knife is fugly, also spyderco has decent customer service but zt's customer service is great, probably best I've ever dealt with, in the end its your decision, just giving you my opinion on the matter. heres my vote. 0561.jpg 0560 1.jpg
  16. 5.56


    Sep 27, 2008
    No contest.

    Figuring Kershaw's warranty backed by U.S. manufacturing.

  17. shqxk


    Mar 26, 2012
    I ever had a 0560 and all I can say the ZT is only better at look, the Tuff is by far a better knife, much better design/performer. Elmax edge holdind was really disappont, its worse than S30V while 3V perform like INFI and M390 combination.
  18. 5.56


    Sep 27, 2008
    Better design? How about "designed by Rick Hinderer."

    Add in the captured bearing pivot "KVT" and flipper, and I have to disagree about the Tuff's design being better.

    I'll give you the 3V vs. Elmax argument. But S30v does not have better edge holding than Elmax. I'm comparing Spyderco's s30v vs. ZT's Elmax. Yes, I have multiple knives in these configurations from both manufacturer's.
  19. shqxk


    Mar 26, 2012
    I mean better engineering design eg; shortened frame lock which provide better strength, steel lock interface, better pivot, much better ergo, better clip material (trust me the 0560 clip has quite bad quality. ) etc.

    here a pic from some1 who faced the same 0560 clip failed issue as same as me.

    I have a Umnumzaan and I would say The Tuff build-up quality/tolerance was easily up there at CRK level.

    Last edited: Sep 17, 2012
  20. TEFL0N_D0N_81


    Feb 23, 2011
    Not sure if there's an actual ranking out there for knife designers, but Hinderers and Hinderer designs are hot. That being said, Ed Schempp is no slouch either :p

    Heck, Gil Hibben might be better known than both.

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