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ZT 562 Naked or DLC blade?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by David45, Apr 7, 2019.

  1. David45

    David45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 27, 2017
    i just ordered the ZT 562 TS (tiger stripe) with its DLC coated blade. It’s supposedly a Sprint Run model. It matches my 301 which is wonderful but the 301 is just too heavy for me to edc in dress slacks.

    Now I’m wondering if I might get better service from the CF (carbon fiber) model with its naked blade. I’ve read very conflicting web info about DLC scratch and rust resistance. I never used my 301 so I have no experience with ZT’s DLC treatment and it’s the older model so ZT may have changed the process over the years. I like the way it looks no but how will it hold up?

    Your experience may help me decide whether to change my order. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience.
  2. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    ZT has one of the best DLC processes out there. I've used a 350 with it heavily at work. Yes it has some wear, but it didn't happen from cutting paper. It's been through mud and plastic and all manner of construction nonsense:D

    I've got a 303 coming with the tiger stripes. I don't see it being an issue on that knife either. The ZT DLC seems to wear attractively, not come of in flames like the cheaper stuff.
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  3. number9


    Mar 5, 2017
    I've got a 0350 tiger stripe that's cut plenty of woody vines in the woods and rubber hose at work. No wear at all on the DLC.
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  4. TX180SX

    TX180SX Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    my 350 & 301 are well used and the DLC has held up great, i would not worry about durability. :thumbsup:
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  5. David45

    David45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 27, 2017
    Thanks folks. I know the 20CV steel doesn’t really need protection but it I’m hoping the finish won’t peel or chip. A few good scratches will just prove I needed a blade, as opposed to just wanting one, although there’s nothing wrong with that!

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