Zero Tolerance: 0450CF - Carbon Fiber - Titanium Framelock
Zero Tolerance provides a dark, refined alternative to the original 0450 with the 0450CF.
This sophisticated ZT is a smaller option in the ZT family, yet offers a robust combination of durable, premium-quality materials. The blade steel is S35VN for exceptional toughness, wear resistance, and edge retention. The S35VN blade is DLC coated for matte-black good looks and enhanced performance. The front handle scale is carbon fiber, balancing the knife’s solid construction with lightweight convenience. The DLC-coated titanium back handle offers a secure frame lock—so you can always cut with confidence.
As an extra visual touch, ZT has added two emerald-green anodized-aluminum tube spacers that are especially eye-catching, standing out against the black handle. The 0450CF takes advantage of ZT’s KVT ball-bearing system to enable smooth, easy opening for either left- or right-handed users. A left/right reversible pocketclip rounds out the 0452CF’s basic feature set.
While it’s a smaller, more gentlemanly knife, the 0450CF proudly lives up to the overbuilt standards for which ZT is well known.
- Made in the USA
- KVT ball-bearing opening system
- Reversible clip (left/right)
- Titanium frame lock, hardened steel lockbar insert
|Blade Steel:||S35VN, DLC coating|
|Handle:||Carbon fiber front, titanium back|
|Blade Length:||3.25 in. (8.3 cm)|
|Blade Thickness:||0.121 in. (0.307 cm)|
|Closed Length:||4.1 in. (10.4 cm)|
|Overall Length:||7.4 in. (18.8 cm)|
|Weight:||2.7 oz. (76.5 g)|
The original ZT 0454 was an award-winning knife, a collaboration between ZT and custom knife designer Dmitry Sinkevich. It was a Limited Edition knife, which means that it did not last long. To make up for this, ZT and designer Sinkevich came up with a near-perfect entry with the ZT 0450.
This is one good-looking knife. In fact, from every angle you are going to love this one. It is based on the original 0454's profile, but it’s more compact now and streamlined with an all silver or black & carbon fiber trim. Coming in at just 2.9 oz, this is a Zero Tolerance Knife that is versatile and easy to keep on your person throughout the day.
The ZT 0450 has a racy drop point, which makes it a great everyday carry knife. It has a predominant straight edge and a very sharp point. This cutter lives up to its capabilities and then some. If you have medium-duty tasks such as cutting through cardboard or plastic, you will love the 0450. You can even slice up food with it.
The stainless steel blade is S35VN takes a razor's edge and has great toughness and corrosion resistance. It holds up well and can be resharpened with ease. Opening the ZT 0450 is easy and seamless due to the KVT ball-bearing system in the pivot and the built-in flipper.
The titanium frame lock features a hardened steel lockbar, which ensures a solid lockup that will hold up over time. Polished pivot hardware makes the ZT 0450 a knife with smooth good looks.
The knife fits easily into any hand, with the index finger in the “groove,” the two middle fingers in the “valley,” and the pinky landing on the far side of the beak. When closed, this ZT 0450 allows for a slim and stylish profile that is very appealing.
Dmitry Sinkevich knows how to put a great-looking knife together. Visually, you are getting one of the most aesthetically designed knives out there. It is also made in the USA at the ZT factory where every knife is serialized and hand-assembled to maintain an exacting standard of quality.
The primary difference in the CF model over the all Ti 0450 is the (slightly) increased chatter due to the texture of DLC coating coupled with the resonance of Carbon Fiber texture over Titanium. The CF scale has a great raw feel to it for added grip, but in turn audibly reflects this texture with skin contact. Flicking the knife exhibits chatter for similar reasons, caused by the detent ball creating a somewhat dry sound over the DLC coating which reflects off the Ti scale, resonated by the opposing CF scale.
These points are for obsessive knife nuts like myself, curious about the interplay of materials, and in no way detracts from my appraisal of the knife itself - which is excellent!
This 0450CF has replaced my 0450 for being more subtle in the business environment.
My ZT450CF arrived today and I am very impressed. The fit and finish is outstanding, every detail is perfect. The knife is very light, the lock side is black titanium and the other side is unlined carbon fiber. The carbon fiber texture is very nice, not too slick and the edges are finished nicely. The ergonomics are great for a smaller knife, I have larger hands but the handle shape and finger grove give a good solid purchase, my pinky wraps around the butt of the handle but doesn't feel like it's hanging off. The black coating on the blade is a nice matte finish. The blade is thin but long enough to feel more substantial than you would think. Lock up is rock solid with no play in any direction, and the lock releases with no sticking. The flipper action is perfect with a nice detent, I can't get it to not lock open when flipped. Overall I am very happy with this purchase, it is a great value for the price and feels like a much more expensive knife. I highly recommend.