- Jul 25, 2010
Any thoughts on the new zt0308?
At one point I had 4 XM-18's, sold them all and kept my ZT 0301's.It's a reboot of an old design with updated materials and features.
Speedsafe is now replaced by KVT bearings.
S30V is upgraded to 20CV.
I had a ZT 0302. I liked it, but never carried it. I ended up trading it.
Personally, for like $100 more you could get a Hinderer. Annnd I feel like most people have a flat head/coin/credit card/etc. that could be used to field adjust the pivot over a 1/2" wrench.
I'm sure it's a solid knife. The problem is that the competition is equal if not better.
It appears it’s just for looks and I could take it or leave it but I think it looks good. As mentioned in Whitty’s video being it’s open You can blow it out from the hole in side and or from the top above the pivot. That way dirt or debris has a place to escape when blowing out. Instead of just from the top of the knife then just getting trapped in there.The hole in the handle, why? It looks like a perfect beefy knife, but hey lets just through a slot in the handle. No, not just the g10 that someone can change, lets put it through the liner and titanium.
For me I’ve had nothing but consistent perfection with fit and finish on every ZT I’ve ever owned and I’ve had many over the years. Of course others mileage may very and with that being said there one of the few knife manufacturers I don’t feel the need to mention pick me out a nice one when buying blind online. I think while your sitting back waiting for owners with them in hand to get there opinions is very wise. When ever a new knife is in production there is always going to be some folks with negativity towards that particular knife and there’s nothing wrong with that even if they don’t own one first hand. I think the weight of there opinion being of more value if they actually have one In hand.I’m currently carrying my Drop collab Terzuola ACTF, and it’s perfect as far as just about every measure. At this point in my life hobby, I’m much more concerned about getting what I’m paying for. If I purchase a $300 knife I expect that level of fit and finish, and a lot of these Chinese companies are giving me exactly what I want for half that price. I used to be a huge ZT fan, And they’ve disappointed me in recent years..... Always little things to as far as fit and finish, pocket clips, misaligned scales, burnt edges, bad sharpening job, etc. it’s never been all of the above, only one on every knife I’ve had but it was enough to ruin it for me.
That all being said I’m looking for an excuse to buy this knife, so I may have to sit back and hear what people think of it before I pull the trigger.