So which folder will it be today? Easy call. This one.
Designed by custom knifemaker Les George and premium-built by Zero Tolerance. The 0900 is compact and powerful. With a shorter—but wider—blade of less than 3 inches, it’s a convenient size to take along almost anywhere.
Premium Crucible S35VN stainless makes this smaller blade tough and chip resistant and enables us to sharpen it to a razor edge. S35VN ensures easier re-sharpening, too. Titanium handles make the new 0900 exceptionally handsome, while Zero Tolerance’s KVT ball-bearing system makes it exceptionally fast and easy to open. There are no springs involved—just pure, beautiful blade precision. The 0900 also features a secure titanium frame lock with hardened steel lockbar insert and a reversible, deep-carry clip.
Like many other Zero Tolerance design partners, Les George has a wealth of practical lifetime experience that has helped shape his approach to knives and knifemaking. From his years as a US Marine to his service as a Senior Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician, George has seen how tools are used in the real world and he designs his knives to suit those needs. Zero Tolerance is proud to partner with Les George to bring you the compact precision of the 0900, built in the USA by Zero Tolerance.
- Made in the USA
- Manual open, KVT ball-bearing system
- Frame lock, hardened steel lockbar insert
- Reversible clip (left/right)
- Steel: S35VN, stonewashed finish
- Handle: Titanium, stonewashed finish
- Blade length: 2.7 in. (6.9 cm)
- Closed length: 3.9 in. (9.9 cm)
- Overall length: 6.6 in. (16.8 cm)
- Weight: 4.3 oz. (121.9 g)
Crucible's S35VN modifies the formula of S30V for enhanced toughness and resistance to edge chipping with no loss of wear resistance. Its formula promotes the formation of niobium carbides along with the vanadium and chromium carbides. It provides a sharper, longer lasting edge.
KVT Opening System
- A manual opening system
- Enables smooth and easy one-handed opening of ZT's heavier blades, even without a spring or torsion bar
- Uses ball bearings to enable the blade to glide out of the handle
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 ZeroTolerance 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.
Titanium is a lightweight, corrosion-resistant metal with high tensile strength. ZT uses it as a handle material, a liner, a lockbar, or as part of a performance-enhancing coating.
In a frame lock knife, the knife handle—its “frame”—consists of two plates of material on either side of the blade. To ensure a secure lock up, one or both of these plates is usually metal. When the knife is opened, the metal side of the frame, the lockbar, butts up against the backend of the blade (the tang) and prevents the blade from closing. To close a frame lock knife, the user pushes the frame to the side, unblocking the blade, and folds the blade back into the handle. Like locking liner knives, frame locks are manufactured so that the locking side of the frame is angled toward the interior of the knife, creating a bias toward the locked position. Both the blade tang and the lockbar are precisely angled so they fit together for a secure, reliable lockup. The thickness of the frame material blocking the blade open makes the frame lock extremely sturdy.