Designed by Tim Galyean, the 0223 takes its inspiration from a classic military knife, but ZT's version is a folder, making it easy to EDC and ready for every task you ask it to take on.
The blade is clip-point style with heavy jimping along the spine and a cutout to decrease weight. CPM 20CV blade steel offers exceptional hardness and wear resistance to take and hold a sharp edge, toughness to resist impact, and—with the highest level of chromium of any high-vanadium steel—excellent corrosion resistance. For an extra measure of blade protection, ZT adds black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating, ceramic bead blasted for a non-glare finish.
The titanium handle is also DLC coated and bead blasted to extend the matte look. The 0223 has a sturdy titanium frame lock with a hardened steel lockbar insert for reliable lockup. ZT's KVT ball-bearing system, combined with a highly ergonomic flipper, make the 0223 quick and easy to open, too. The 0223's earth brown G10 handle scales are reminiscent of the original military knife's stacked leather handle. Our G10 scales wrap around to the top of the handle and meet in the middle to provide a comfortable and secure grip—as well as helping to keep debris out of your knife.
The pocketclip is left/right reversible and made of bent steel with a black Teflon® finish. The bronze-anodized titanium tube spacer in the handle is secured by two custom screws. A series of decorative holes drilled in the ricasso of the blade echo the jimping along the spine and add to the subtle details of this remarkably handsome knife.
|Made in the USA
|KVT ball-bearing system
|Frame lock w/ steel lockbar insert
|Reversible pocket clip (tip-up, right or left side)
The manufacturer does not allow this item to be sold internationally.
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This knife is a different approach from ZT. If you are familiar with their strider knives design similarities when they began, they morphed into their own fluid/radial flippers that did not really appeal to me. I saw they were using elmax, and wanted to try one, but never did because the I did not care for the designs to spend that much. However, this knife is my new favorite. The 223 is the smoothest knife I own. The 223 feels incredible in my hand. The steel cuts like a laser. This is my first flipper and I couldn't be more happy. I think the bearing pivot system might be an improvement over the IKBS because the bearings are caged. I think the bearing pivots are my only concern due to dirt/debris entering the bearing race and hindering the smooth deployment. I haven't had this happen yet, but that is my only concern about the knife.
Country of Origin: USA