Zero Tolerance ZT0301 Ranger Green Folder Knife with Speed Safe

ZT and Strider joined forces to design this top-quality combat folder equipped with SpeedSafe® manual assisted opening. The ambidextrous thumb stud or blade protrusion enables you to deploy the blade one-handed. In addition to SpeedSafe®, the 0301 features a tough S30V stainless-steel blade with “Tiger Stripe” Tungsten DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating, which enhances hardness and reduces friction drag—as well as providing a non-reflective camo surface. The blade is matched with Ranger Green G-10 scales, 3-D machined to provide a secure grip. A 3/8-inch hex head pivot shaft nut makes field adjustments possible with minimal tools. Includes a quad mounting system for tip-up, tip-down, left- or right-handed clip carry.

Product Features

  • SpeedSafe, Titanium, Thumb Stud, Frame Lock, Ambidextrous Opening
  • Steel: S30V stainless-steel with Tungsten DLC coating with Tiger Stripes
  • Handle: 3D machined, G-10 and Titanium
  • Blade Length: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm); Closed Length: 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); Weight: 8.6 oz.
  • This item is not for sale in some specific zip codes

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2 Replies to “Zero Tolerance ZT0301 Ranger Green Folder Knife with Speed Safe”

  1. ZT 0301 I did a review on for this one not long ago. Anyhow, it’s a good knife, but you may want to shop outside of Amazon. This listing is at MSRP. Normally you should see it at 236$ MAP pricing, though if you know where to go, you can have it for less.———Note: The ZT 0301, 0302, and 0300 are all the same knife design, except with different blade finishes and scale colors.While the knife is commonly sold at MAP pricing for 236$, it can be had for less through secondhand deals or private transactions.I landed mine new for 190$.To start off with, the ergonomics are excellent. The 3d machined G10 scales are contoured and textured to provide a firm grip. With or without gloves (I use the Mechanix brand), I can transition from a forward to reverse (edge in or edge out) grip repeatedly and quickly. There is an adequately jimped thumb ramp and a thumb groove along the spine.However, there is a drawback to the aggressive texturing on the scales. It will wear out the edges of pockets if the knife is carried with the clip.The flipper is easy to access and reliable in deployment. However, compared to other assisted knives, the opening is not as quick, given the extra inertia from the ZT0301’s substantial blade mass. Having been a manual opening user for a long time, I found the resistance (from the torsion bar) a surprise as I closed the knife. It is still possible to close using only one had, but do be careful – if you slip, the blade can spring back into the open position.The thumbstuds double as blade stops, providing an extra measure of blade stability. However, since they’re placed very close to the scales, it takes a bit of practice learning how to use them to deploy the blade. They are not unusable, but compared to the flipper, they are less convenient.Given the blade’s mass, it is also possible to wrist flick the knife open in the forward and reverse positions.The knife initially arrived configured for tip down carry. The parts of the handle above the pivot have sharp points – when reaching into my pocket to retrieve something else, I found these points scratching my hand. I thus found myself changing to tip up to avoid those instances.The knife is as heavy as my fullsize Benchmade Rukus (610) despite being almost 2″ shorter (overall length) and having a titanium frame. It may be uncomfortable to carry if you’re not wearing jeans or work pants. However, the pocketclip does provide strong retention, though the handle does not conceal well – almost 1″ of handle will be above the edge of your pocket (do take this into consideration if you are carrying in an area where such knives are discouraged).The blade is wide recurved S30V steel and the 0301 and 0302 come with a tiger striped finish. The edge retention is great and the extra belly from the recurve increases the cutting edge. However, a recurve cannot be completely sharpened on flat stones – you will need round or triangular rods.The pivot must be adjusted by a hex socket wrench (the knife was designed for military use and a hex tool would most likely be conveniently available). I personally don’t find this useful, as I am used to using keychain torx bits to adjust all my other knives.Without a doubt, the knife is well (heavily) built and a durable design. However, it may be overkill, depending on how you use it. But if you don’t mind the weight, it’ll make a great addition into your carry rotation.

  2. Strider, Ken Onion, ZT, you can’t go wrong! This is one tough knife! The titanium frame lock is stout enough to withstand extreme abuse, and the S30V blade came hair popping sharp out of the box. Many people who I’ve showed this to instantly think it’s a Strider, and I’m happy to say that it’s built as tough as a true Strider. This design was a collaboration between Ken Onion, Strider and the ZT team at Kershaw and the quality shows. I highly recommend this fine knife for heavy use or as a great tactical blade for any knife enthusiasts collection. Lastly I feel the ZT0301 so far is the best of the ZT lineup.

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