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ZT 0301 or ZT 0561? Your preferences and why.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by BloodworkLS, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. BloodworkLS


    Jul 28, 2012
    Hello everyone. I am new to bladeforums and this is my first post. I have looked to these forums for a lot of information, and figured it was time to register. I know that there are some very intelligent users here and would like an opinion.

    I am debating on purchasing either a ZT 0301 or 0561. I enjoy the looks of the 0301 more but hear that the 0561 has better blade steel and is actually priced lower. Weight is not really an issue for me. Which one do you guys and gals prefer out of the two and why? :)
  2. monger4142


    Jan 30, 2010
    that's a hard one. do you prefer assisted or non assisted is probably the main question
  3. Heiheit


    Feb 4, 2009
    I have both (well I had a 0300, I've since sold it) and I prefer the 0560. It is much lighter and more aesthetically attractive to me, the steel of the 0560 is 'better' than than 0300, and I much prefer the machining on the 0560's scales. I prefer the 0560's blade shape as well. That being said, they're both great knives, just depends on your preferences.
  4. NightMare Silverado

    NightMare Silverado

    Sep 2, 2011
    I have a 560 and still want a 302 so buy whatever is readily available you'll end up with both in the long run.
  5. mkjellgren


    Nov 1, 2005
    They are very different. Yes, the 0560 does have better blade steel, and is priced lower, but the difference is bigger than that. They are both large ti framelocks made by ZT, but that's about the only thing they have in common. The 0301 is a beastly, heavy, assisted opening tank of a knife with a solid bolt pivot made to handle just about anything thrown its way. The 0560, on the other hand, is a lightweight in comparison. Still beefy (it is still a ZT after all), but feels much more refined. Manual opening ball bearing pivot system makes it smooth and fast. Both excellent, but very different.
  6. BloodworkLS


    Jul 28, 2012
    Thanks for the input everyone... from the sounds of it the 0561 will make a better EDC knife for me. I will get that first and then the 0301 when I have some extra cash.
  7. chester22


    Feb 1, 2012
    056x is a solid choice and if you opt for the 560 you can get it for less unless you really want a brown scale.. Once they get broken in they are amazing blades. I had a 300 series twice and once again I traded it away..just to hardcore for me, but I keep getting one haha... Also take a look at the 0550 its a great knife as well!
  8. SurfingSalmon


    Jan 11, 2011
    Both are great blades. I like the looks of zt0561 a lot better, so personally I'll go 0561 if I had to choose between the two. Realistically, I'll be picking up a Kershaw Cryo soon. Hinderer design and a lot smaller than the 0560/xm18, plus I wouldn't be using any of the mentioned knives for hard use, so might as well get something small and wallet friendly that looks cool.
  9. BladeChick777


    Jun 20, 2011
    Both are great.. but I got rid of my 0301, and still have my 0560.
  10. Huntsman Knife Co.

    Huntsman Knife Co. KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 10, 2010
    0560 all the way.

    Better steel, smoother action (assits are annoying sometimes), more comfortable handle, lighter and IMO more people friendly than the ZT 0301.

    But the 301 is a sick knife in its own right.
  11. kreole


    Jul 23, 2009
    I carry the 560 more solely because of the weight difference. The 30x is significantly more comfortable to use, however, IMO anyway. The handle is curved and smoothed out more, there are fewer sharp edges, and it's more hand-filling. If weight wasn't an issue I would carry the 300 more, so since it doesn't matter to you, I'd go with that one.
  12. Stainz


    Jun 24, 2007
    Here, for scale size comparison, are my best Kershaw/ZT knives, top down; Kershaw Tilt!, ZT-0561, ZT-0551, ZT-0301:


    I like them all, but the ZT-0551 is my favorite, followed by 0561, Tilt!, and 0301, in that order. I've had the 0301 the longest - and it's seen the least carry - it's a moose of a knife - and I am not fond of assisted openers.

  13. bladebertt


    Sep 20, 2007
    Welcome BloodworkLS. You can't go wrong either way, might as well just get both. :D
  14. wildmike


    Nov 17, 2007
    I have both an 0300 and an 0301. The 0300 is my work knife, the 0301 is my edc.

    The 0300 series are stronger and that is what I wanted.

    I will probably get an 0560 because I like the design. But for brute strength and durability the 0300's are better.
  15. BobSig

    BobSig Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2011
    I like the 0301 personally, I use it hard and am happy with it, its my main edc and gets good use out camping and at work. It is a brute, has good grab to the handle, the clip fits thick pants well and I like assisted. Sharpening the 0560 would be easier than the 0301 and Elmax would be nice.


    Played with the 0301 while at the lake, opens well underwater, was wondering how the 0560's would do submerged? Here a 20sec vid of it.

  16. bad_juju

    bad_juju Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    I personally like the shape of the 560 better. I like the finer tip, if you can really say that its smaller. I find it hard to do certain tasks with the 0350 and 0301.
  17. Krazy Cash

    Krazy Cash

    May 6, 2010
    I've been asking myself this question as well. Whenever I decide to splurge for one I need to decide which one to get (first). I have no experience with KAI's speedsafe yet but I have a Blur from kershawguy on the way. I'm hoping that will help me decide.
  18. bdmicarta

    bdmicarta Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2012

    The 560 has the blade shape that I like best, the 200 is next.
  19. Noumenon


    Dec 28, 2009
    I only recently got a 0560 so I can't say if I like it better or not yet, because I haven't had to sharpen it, but I really feel spoiled when going from a non-assisted knife to an assisted knife. The 0560 still has some spring when it opens due to the strong detent.
  20. EBHM4


    Nov 22, 2010
    I didn't have a 300, but I did have a 350 for a while and the blade shape was nice, but the tip is too rounded almost for me and I'm not a huge assist guy (anymore). When I got the 561, the 350 got booted as for the same weight the 561 had the bigger blade with a better shape for me. To me, the 300 is too heavy to even buy as I would never carry it. It may not seem like those few ounces would make a difference, but they do. 560/1 all the way in my opinion, but come on, with ZT you can't go wrong.

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