The Dmitry Sinkevich designed 0470 is one of many new models released by Zero Tolerance in the latter part of 2018 and is a fresh new take on the classic EDC platform while making sure it stands out from the competition with the attributes and style. Each 0470 features an ultra-premium stainless steel blade that is deployed with an ambidextrous flipper function and the KVT ball-bearing manual opening system allows for quick fluid action even without the use of any springs. This model features bead blasted titanium handle scales complete with a single marbled carbon inlay, a drop point style blade in a satin finish with stonewash finished blade flats and the reversible pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is eligible for a left or right hand carry option. Made in the USA.
- Blade Length: 3.4"
- Overall Length: 7.8"
- Blade Material: CPM-20CV Stainless Steel
- Blade Finish: Satin / Stonewash
- Handle Length: 4.4"
- Handle Material: Titanium / Marbled Carbon Fiber
- Weight: 3.3 oz.
The Zero Tolerance 0470 Flipper Knife
Zero Tolerance has Zero Tolerance for anything less than the best. They vow to build the “kind of premium-quality, professional knives that our customers can depend on every single day.”
The initial products were combat knives, but since that time, the line has expanded to include a variety of general use and premium knives. From larger and heavier outdoor knives to slimmer and lighter everyday carrying knives that are built to ZT's high-performance standards, ZT knives always provide knife owners with top-of-the-line quality.
They say, “Zero Tolerance Knives are manufactured of premium materials such as S30V, S35VN, or 20CV blade steel and G10, titanium, and carbon-fiber handle scales. We pay attention to the details, ensuring each part of your ZT is built with care and precision. Operation is conspicuously smooth and ZT fit and finish is second to none. All ZTs are proudly built in our Tualatin, Oregon USA manufacturing facility by our most skilled workers.”
Let’s look at how the new 0470 Flipper has Zero Tolerance for anything less than the best.
The blade on this CRKT is made out of CPM-20CV Stainless Steel. This steel is designed by Crucible Industries, which is an American based steel company known for designing steels specifically for high-end cutlery. This steel is Crucible’s spin-off of the popular M390 steel. When Crucible is discussing this steel, they say, “CPM 20CV is a unique tool steel made by the Crucible Particle Metallurgy Process. It is a martensitic stainless steel with a high volume of vanadium carbides for exceptionally good wear resistance. CPM 20CV contains the highest amount of chromium of any high vanadium stainless steel currently available. The chromium rich matrix provides outstanding corrosion resistance.”
This means that the steel is a high-end steel that is going to have a long lifetime without wearing out too easily. The edge on the blade is going to stick around for long periods of time, and the steel is not going to be known for corroding.
- High end steel.
- Long edge retention.
- High levels of wear and corrosion resistance.
- CPM process is going to enhance each of the best qualities of this steel.
The blade actually has two different finishes. The flats of the blade are stonewashed and the rest of the blade is satin.
The stonewash look is textured and rugged. This is created when the steel is tumbled with small, abrasive, pebbles. After the steel has been tumbled, it is removed, smoothed out, and then polished. The texture of the stonewashed finish creates a low-maintenance blade. This is because it easily hides smudges and scratches.
- Rugged, textured look of the stonewash prolongs the original look of the blade.
- Low maintenance finish because scratches and smudges are easily hidden.
- Gives the flats of the blade a well-worn, tough look.
The rest of the blade is finished satin. This is one of the most popular blade finish options on the market today. This finish is created when the manufacturer repeatedly sans the blade in one direction with an increasingly fine level of an abrasive. The most common abrasive that is used is a sandpaper. The satin finish is there to show off the bevels of the blades while showcasing the fine lines of the steel. It also cuts down on some corrosion that the blade may encounter.
- Satin finish cuts down on glares, reflections, and corrosion.
- Satin finish gives the knife a very traditional look.
The blade on the 0470 has been carved into a drop point blade shape. This is the most common blade shape that you are going to come across on the market. The spine of the blade angles slowly from the handle of the knife to the tip of the blade. Right at the beginning of the spine, there is a row of fine jimping. This is going to increase the control that you have over your cuts.
Because the spine angles toward the tip, it does create a lowered tip. This dropped point is going to give you more control over your cuts as well. In fact, with the ZT 0470, you will be able to perform fine detail work. The lowered tip is also a broad tip, which is where the strength of this blade shape comes from. You will be able to use the 0470 on tougher tasks without having to worry about the tip snapping. While this is a major advantage, it is also a disadvantage because it does cut down on some of your ability to pierce. The tip is not as fine as that on a clip point, which would excel at piercing.
One of the other reasons that this is such a popular option is because it has a large belly. This belly is going to make slicing a very easy job. As a reference, the bigger the belly, the easier it is going to be to slice. This is an EDC, so the bulk of what you will be doing is slicing. This makes the large belly a need, not a want.
- Dropped point for better control.
- Broad point for additional strength.
- Large belly for easy slicing.
- Row of jimping for more control over cuts.
- Tough and versatile blade shape.
The handle is made out of two separate materials. The first is a titanium and the second is a marbled carbon fiber, which is the inlay.
The bulk of the handle scales are made out of titanium. This metal is considered a lightweight metal alloy. While it is considered a low-density metal alloy, it is heftier than aluminum. But, it is a lot stronger because of the added weight. It is crazy corrosion resistant, in fact, it is more corrosion resistant than any other metal that you are going to find.
Titanium actually has a warm feel to it, which is incredibly rare. This makes it easier to use if you live in a colder environment. Titanium is prone to scratches, unfortunately.
- Crazy strong and durable.
- Titanium has a warm feel to it.
- Prone to scratches.
The titanium section of the handle scales is bead blasted. This is created when the manufacturer uses abrasive glass beads that are blasted at the metal at a high pressure. This creates an even, grey finish. This will reduce the reflections and glares because of how matte it is. This does mean that you need to be very careful with your maintenance.
- Even, matte finish.
- Reduced glares and reflections.
The inlay on the handle is made out of marbled carbon fiber. This is a material that is created when thin strands of carbon have been woven then set in a resin. Depending on how the strands are woven, the look changes. This is how it looks marbled. This material is strong and lightweight. However, it is pretty expensive and it does suffer from being brittle.
- Beautiful look because of how it is woven.
- Strong, yet lightweight material.
- This is an expensive material.
- This material does suffer from being brittle.
The handle has more angles than curves. There are a few rows of jimping to increase texture and thus grip. The ergonomics will give you a comfortable and firm grip to take on your EDC needs.
The Pocket Clip:
The pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is legible for either a left or right hand carry option. This does mean that the 0470 is designed to be ambidextrous friendly. You will be able to carry the 0470 in a way that is most comfortable for you. The hardware on this is all black.
- Ambidextrous friendly.
This is a manual opening knife that has been equipped with a flipper and the KVT ball-bearing manual opening system.
This is a manual opening knife. Usually, manual openings do not open as smoothly or efficiently as a spring assisted would. However, because of the KVT, that is not a drawback of this specific 0470. One of the other major benefits of a manual is that it is going to be legal in more states and cities than a spring assisted or automatic would be.
- Manuals are legal in more states and cities than other styles of pocket knives.
The flipper is a small, rectangular protrusion of metal that is connected to the blade. When the 0470 is closed, this protrusion extends out of the handle. The user is going to pull back on this, which will flip the blade open where it can lock into place. There are a few advantages to having a flipper as opposed to other opening mechanisms. The first is that it is ambidextrous. The flipper can be accessed from either side of the knife, so it doesn’t matter if you are lefty or righty or how you are holding the knife. Another major advantage is that the flipper is safer to use than other opening mechanisms. This is because when you pull back on it, it does not put your fingers in the path of the blade, like a thumb stud would. This cuts down on accidental cuttings significantly. Lastly, when the 0470 is opened, the flipper acts as a finger guard.
- Flipper is safe to use.
- Flipper acts as a finger guard, adding in an extra element of safety.
- Flipper is ambidextrous.
The KVT opening system is a manual opening system that enables smooth, easy blade opening without the use of a spring or torsion bar to "assist" the blade out of the handle. Instead, the KVT system uses a series of ball bearings that surround the pivot point of certain Zero Tolerance folding knives. As a knife user pulls back on the flipper blade protrusion or pushes outward on the thumbstud, the ball bearings rotate so that the blade glides out of the handle then locks into place, ready for use. Although this is a manual knife, it is not going to feel like one when you open it. The KVT opening system makes sure of that. This is one of the ways that ZT makes such a high-quality knife.
- Makes manual seem like it’s not manual.
- Makes opening smoother.
- Can open the 0470 with just one hand.
The blade measures in at 3.4 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.4 inches long. When the 0470 is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 7.8 inches long. This weighs in at 3.3 ounces, which is a solid weight of ran EDC. This will give you enough heft to take on your daily challenges, but won’t give you any extra weight that will just weigh you down. This was made in the United States of America.
- Enough heft without the added weigh.
- Made in the USA.
The Dmitry Sinkevich designed 0470 is one of many new models released by Zero Tolerance in the latter part of 2018 and is a fresh new take on the classic EDC platform while making sure it stands out from the competition with the attributes and style. Each 0470 features an ultra-premium stainless steel blade that is deployed with an ambidextrous flipper function and the KVT ball-bearing manual opening system allows for quick fluid action even without the use of any springs. This model features bead blasted titanium handle scales complete with a single marbled carbon inlay, a drop point style blade in a satin finish with stonewash finished blade flats and the reversible pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only but is eligible for a left or right hand carry option.
This new knife is in stock right now at BladeOps, you can pick yours up today.