The new ZT 0454 is the Blade Show's 2013 Overall Knife of the Year. This limited edition knife, based on Dmitry Sinkevich's "Cardinator," features the first-ever three-part Composite Blade.
Belorussian knife maker Dmitry Sinkevich is partnering with Zero Tolerance Knives to create a limited edition ZT based on his custom knife, the Cardinator.
The new knife, the Zero Tolerance 0454, has just been named as the 2013 Overall Knife of the Year during the annual Blade Show. Blade Show winners are chosen by a vote of industry members and based on a roster of key qualities, from innovation to craftsmanship.
Among the 0454's innovations is the first three-part Composite Blade. This proprietary process combines several steels into a single blade. In this case, Zero Tolerance put CPM D2 on the cutting edge and spine while 14C28N stainless steel forms the angular design in the middle. The three parts are laser cut like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, then permanently braze welded together.
This remarkable Composite Blade is paired with 3D-machined carbon fiber handles that are lightweight, yet incredible strong. For reliable blade lockup, the 0454’s Sub-Frame Lock has a titanium lockbar with hardened stainless steel lockbar insert. The blade opens with a flipper and moves on the KVT ball-bearing system. Strong blade detent gives the opening a powerful, professional feel. Every detail of the 0454 is sculpted—from pocketclip to backspacer. A handsome, oversized pivot is the final touch on this impressive knife.
- Steel: CPM D2/14C28N
- Handle: Machined carbon fiber
- Blade: 4.1 in. (10.4 cm)
- Closed: 5.2 in. (13.2 in.)
- Weight: 4.1 oz.
- Opening method: KVT ball-bearing system
- Clip: Single position
- Lock: Sub-frame lock, with hardened steel lockbar insert
- MSRP: $500
- Made in the USA