Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Been carrying a small Sebenza for close to 20 years and recently got the itch for a larger knife. So I picked up a Large 21 Sebenza, which is everything I expected, but in a larger package. Great knife. Then, because I have an inquiring mind and had yet to own a flipper, I picked up a Zero Tolerance 0562 mainly to see the kind of quality ZT was putting out, but also to see how I liked the design and feel in hand of a Rick Hinderer knife. Kind of like a test subject, of sorts. So, good thing is that ZT builds a pretty solidly built knife, that has no play, locks up good, flipper deploys blade with speed and efficiency, is hair popping sharp right out of the box and it feels good in hand. So by all accounts, a nice buy for the money. Now, being that I tend to carry and use guns, watches and knives a "step above" the normal end user for no other reason but I like high quality, hand built things and am lucky enough to be able to afford them. So my question to the masses, especially if you have owned both, what kind of "step up" can I expect from a Hinderer XM18 (3.5") over the Zero Tolerance? More robust? Better action? Better ergonomics? And so on. Also, does Hinderer build his own mainstream knives or does he have apprentices churning them out, if anyone knows the answer. I would imagine he does the higher end true customs with his own hands, but am basing this discussion off his "standard" line.