The Best Zero Tolerance Knives for Perilous Piercing

If you’ve ever been in a critical situation that’s dependent on the proper functioning of a knife, then you’ll know how important it is that the blade doesn’t fail on you. Maybe you had an X-acto knife in your pocket and found yourself having to cut through a seat belt to save someone from their impending doom. If that was the case, the seatbelt would probably put a swift end to your dinky blade before you could cut halfway through.

Luckily, Zero Tolerance has been designing knives since 2006 that are made for demanding situations. You can be sure that any ZT knife will come through because they don’t skimp out on quality. Of course, that does mean the price tags are a little steep, but you really do get what you pay for.

The biggest problem with ZT knives is the lack of creative names. Every knife is designated by a four-digit number, which is really kind of lame. But enough rambling—it’s time to talk about bolsters, divots, chamfers, and everything else that you can find on a knife. I now present to you some of the best Zero Tolerance knives in the world.

Zero Tolerance 0456

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One of the most stylish blades on this list, this one is chunky and a bit irregular, but it’s definitely not messing around. With a quality stainless steel blade and an aesthetic but also practically designed handle, Mr. 0456 (really rolls off the tongue doesn’t it?) will be ready for any task that wouldn’t hesitate to put an end to your average X-Acto knife.

Its sheepsfoot blade helps to maximize control when cutting, which is good if you want a lot of precision. As far as aesthetics go, Mr. 0456 isn’t doing much except for the subtle gray “steps” on the handle and a highlight of blue where the pivot is. If you want your knife to stand out from the crowd and can afford something a little more expensive, then this one would be a great pick.

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7.7 inches
4.5 inches
CPM-20CV steel
titanium
6.6 ounces

Zero Tolerance 0460

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This knife just looks like a thug. Maybe that’s because of its Persian design, but the black handle doesn’t exactly help its case either. Regardless of its appearance, the 0460-inator is a quality knife with a S35VN steel blade and a dual-material handle that can cut, stab, and poke its way through any obstacle.

The handle is actually very interesting. Not only is each side made of different materials, but the titanium side looks like a cubistic knife skeleton and the bronze-infused carbon fiber side appears in slightly different hues depending on where you look at it from. To preserve the aesthetic of the knife, it was made exclusively with a right-hand carry clip (normally you can put the clip on either side of the handle), so it’s not ambidextrous. If you want something flashy and edgy and also fairly universal, then the 0460-inator is the way to go.

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7.1 inches
4.0 inches
S35VN steel
carbon fiber/titanium
2.3 ounces

Zero Tolerance 0850

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This knife is apparently a collaboration between two popular knife designers Rexford and Sinkevich, so that means it’s twice as good as all the other knifes (and almost twice as expensive). Even though the price tag is a bit steep, Agent 0850 is definitely worth it considering the quality material that it’s made of.

The blade is mostly a sheepsfoot shape, but it has some weird shenanigans going on near the pivot. The pivot itself is stylized with six indents that resembles the knob on the back end of the spine. Basically, Agent 0850 is a crazy knife that’s perfect for anyone who wants as much quality as they can get and aren’t afraid to splurge a little.

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7.0 inches
4.0 inches
CPM-20CV steel
carbon fiber
4.3 ounces

Zero Tolerance 0450

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Being pretty much all-metal, this knife is not only solid and durable but also shiny. You’ll undoubtedly be taken aback when you first see it glimmer out of the box. This knife is not to be confused with its successor, the knife-with-the-same-number-except-with-a-CF-at-the-end, which has a handle made of carbon fiber and is not very shiny at all.

The blade on Sir 0450 the First is made of S35VN steel that’s coated in “diamond-like-carbon” to maximize performance and reduce corrosion. It also boasts a ball-bearing opening system for super smooth deployment. With durability, accessibility, and a reversible clip, Sir 0450 the First (not to be confused with 0450 the Second) would make a viable option for your everyday carry, especially if you have a low-end budget. 

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7.4 inches
4.1 inches
S35VN steel
titanium
4.0 ounces

Zero Tolerance 0770CF

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You may not recognize this as a Zero Tolerance knife because of it’s simplicity. But even though it doesn’t score a ten with its outward appearance, 0770CF the Great doesn’t skimp out on what a quality knife should be. It’s simple but effective.

The S35VN stainless steel sheepsfoot blade was made for retention and chip resistance and is perfect for controlled cuts. The tough carbon fiber handle and slick Speed Safe opening mechanism ensure that you won’t want for lack of a reliable tool. For how small the knife is and the inclusion of a deep-pocket clip, 0770CF the Great will surely be a valuable addition to your pocket.

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6.5 inches
3.5 inches
S35VN steel
carbon fiber
3.0 ounces

Zero Tolerance 0095BW

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Here’s one that’s a bit of a brick. It’s got a nice Blackwash™ finish and some contoured chamfers that give it a slightly burnished, craggy complexity, which is perfect for hiding any soon-to-be scratches. It almost looks like what it would feel like to crunch rocks. . .or something.

The 0095BW-o-tron has a titanium handle and stainless steel blade that are connected with a KVT ball-bearing manual joint system. It’s drop-point blade shape is perfect for general usage, which is ideal for EDC. The 0095-o-tron is the optimal knife for anyone who wants a tank of a blade that’s subtle and effective.

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6.6 inches
3.8 inches
S35VN steel
titanium
5.3 ounces

Zero Tolerance 0562CF Hinderer

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This is one of the few Zero Tolerance knives to have an actual name. The Hinderer may look similar to 0770CF the Great, but not only is the blade made from a different metal, the handle is double-sided, with both carbon fiber and titanium faces. It’s also quite a bit more expensive.

The blade on the Hinderer is a drop-point, which makes for a more durable tip, though less suitable for piercing. It’s definitely on the bigger side, clocking in at almost five inches when closed, but that doesn’t disqualify it from the game—and the addition of a deep-pocket clip doesn’t hurt its chances either. Take its name how you will, if you want a durable, versatile knife and don’t mind a bit of bulk, then the Hinderer will suit you well.

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8.4 inches
4.7 inches
CPM-20CV steel
carbon fiber/titanium
5.5 ounces

Zero Tolerance 0350

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What’s black and white and red all over? Actually, let’s not go there—but for the record, I was going to say a newspaper, although this knife does look a bit like a zebra. It’s also the cheapest blade on this list, so it sees a bit of compromise in the material department, but that doesn’t make it a bad knife by any means.

The drop-point blade is made of S30V steel with a tiger stripe coating to add hardness and friction reduction with style. It opens fast with the Speed Safe pivot mechanism so you don’t need to worry about any jams. If you want your knife to look cool and camouflaged and also don’t want to fork out more than you have to for a name-brand blade, then you’ve found the tool for you.

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7.2 inches
4.1 inches
S30V steel
G-10 glass fiber
6.2 ounces

Those have been some of the best Zero Tolerance knives on the market. If you ever find yourself in a knife duel, know that you’ll have the advantage. You’ll probably scare your opponent away the moment you pull out your blade. They’ll see the thing and realize that you’re not messing around—unless they also have a Zero Tolerance knife as well, in which case, just back swiftly away into the shadows (after all, discretion is the better part of valor).

Hopefully you found this article helpful. If you have any questions or concerns (or just like to type), then be sure to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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