Blade Show 2017: Hands on with the Zero Tolerance 0055
For me, Blade show is generally all about custom knives. This year, however, there was one production knife that absolutely blew me away: The Zero Tolerance 0055 GTC collaboration. GTC, or Gus Cecchini, is a custom knife-maker based out of Brazil, well known for his incredible innovations, attention to detail, and unique designs. One GTC design & innovation that has fascinated the custom knife world since it's debut, is the Airborne and it's SLT (Spring loaded flipper-tab). Unfortunately for most of us, the GTC Airborne is not attainable both due to its high cost and limited availability. That is, until now. GTC and ZT have teamed up and created what I think is the most incredible production knife that has been released in a long time.
The Zero Tolerance 0055 is heavily inspired by the Airborne, keeping its general design language, unique blade shape, and most importantly, the SLT. While the knife is closed, the flipper is concealed thanks to the SLT. To open the knife, pull back on the top of the SLT. A spring pulls back the flipper tab to reveal it, then just flip it open like any other flipper. The SLT allows for the knife to be sleek, and prevents a flipper tab from being visible in the open or closed position, allowing for a comfortable grip.
In addition to nailing the SLT, ZT also incorporated some beautiful milling details on the frame and backspacer, and rounding it out with an S35VN steel blade. Priced at only $220 USD, I think it's safe to say that the ZT 0055 will be an absolute hit.