TUALATIN, OREGON—Zero Tolerance Knives returned home from the Blade Show with a Knife of the Year® and a Collaboration of the Year® award.
The annual Blade Show awards represent the pinnacle of knife-industry awards. The winners are selected by an overwhelming vote of industry members (including representatives from Kai USA’s competitors). Winners are judged on a range of criteria—from design, innovation, and function to craftsmanship and quality.
The Zero Tolerance 0888 was 2012’s Overall Knife Of The Year®. Blade Show judges were impressed by the clean, bold looks and advanced materials Zero Tolerance used to build the new 0888. The knife was designed to show off the metal—a Composite Blade of high-performance S110V and 14C28N stainless steel and a titanium handle. Except for the decorative pivot, there’s no visible hardware on the front side of the knife to interrupt the visual flow. To ensure the pivot aligned perfectly with the deep groove in both blade and handle, Zero Tolerance used an eccentric (off-centered) pivot shaft. The blade opens smoothly and easily with a flipper. Visually integrated into the design, the unusual pocketclip slides left or right for the user’s choice of carry options.
“Everybody here is pretty excited about the 0888 and it was great to discover that the rest of the industry shared our excitement,”
- Thomas Welk, Director of Sales & Marketing, Sporting and Professional Divisions.
The 2012 Collaboration Of The Year® was between Zero Tolerance & custom knifemaker RJ Martin to produce the ZT 0600. The 0600 is a version of Martin’s award-winning Q36. The ZT 0600 features a B75P stainless steel blade and a titanium and carbon fiber handle. B75P is the new powder metallurgy version of the near-legendary BG42. For the award-winning knife, ZT thickened the blade stock to 3/16 in. and gave it a handsome, stonewashed finish. The titanium pocketclip carries right or left and a recessed lanyard attachment point means nothing interrupts the great look of the knife.
“Our goal is to create products that are handsome, functional, and innovative. Whether it's an in-house design or collaboration with a custom knifemaker, our R&D team works hard to make these designs become reality. We're lucky to have such a talented group of people, and I believe the extra effort they put in can be seen in the finished product,” said Design Engineer, Jim McNair.
Both the 0888 and the 0600 will be available in mid 2013.