Zero Tolerance ZT0160 Fixed-Blade Combat Knife tactical knife review, test and experience.

The tactical knife ZT0160 Fixed-Blade Combat Knife, according to the manufacturer, the company Zero Tolerance, is designed to work in harsh field conditions. Made in an already fully recognizable brand style, using well-proven materials in practice. 

Tactical knife Zero Tolerance ZT0160 Fixed-Blade Combat Knife, review, test and experience.

Zero Tolerance ZT0160 Fixed-Blade Combat Knife tactical knife review, test and experience.


Key Features of the ZT0160 Fixed-Blade Combat Knife Tactical Knife.

Full length: 25cm.
Blade Length: 12.2 cm.
Blade Thickness: 4.2 mm.
Stick length: 12.8 cm.
Stick Thickness: 19mm.
Steel: Sandvik 14C28N
Handle: fiberglass G-10
Scabbard: Kydex
Knife weight / with scabbard: 225/335 g.

Tactical knife ZT0160 has a traditional blade made of Sandvik 14C28N steel, on which black Tungsten DLC coating is resistant to abrasion and mechanical stress. If whitish traces from the material being cut appear on it during work, they are easily washed off with plain water. The quality of this coating is also confirmed on the basis of the experience of long-term operation of the ZT0100 knife. The thickness of the blade of 4.2 mm is enough to perform most types of work, we can say that it is even somewhat redundant for a knife with such a length of the blade. Due to this, the ZT0160 knife weighs 225 grams, and this is heavy for its size. Not aggressive notches were made on the butt of the blade and its end.

Zero Tolerance ZT0160 Fixed-Blade Combat Knife tactical knife review, test and experience.

The curly handle of the knife ZT0160 is formed by two overlays of textured fiberglass G-10. It has a slightly pronounced emphasis and transverse notches. The handle pads are attached to the shank of the knife with two bolts on each side. The corners of the pads are slightly rounded on all sides, and there is a hole for the lanyard at the end of the handle. The butt of the handle is made in the form of a triangle, which most likely implies the possibility of striking them. In addition, at the end of the handle there is a protrusion formed by the blade shank protruding beyond the overlays, which can be used, for example, as a cullet.

Zero Tolerance ZT0160 Fixed-Blade Combat Knife tactical knife review, test and experience.


All this in a complex has a positive effect on holding the ZT0160 knife in his hand when performing various tasks. The length of the handle is enough for a reliable grip of the knife with both a bare hand and a gloved hand. The material of the handle pads provides good adhesion, is immune to temperature extremes and more or less normal insulation properties at low temperatures.

Zero Tolerance ZT0160 Fixed-Blade Combat Knife tactical knife review, test and experience.

Sheath of the tactical knife Zero Tolerance ZT0160.

The sheath of the tactical knife Zero Tolerance ZT0160 Fixed-Blade Combat Knife is made of kaydeks and consists of two parts that are connected by four screws. In the upper part of the scabbard there is a strap with a button, but it rather performs a safety function, since you can only remove the knife from the scabbard with some effort. In general, the sheath is made at a very high level with minimal tolerances, the knife in them sits very tightly. When shaking, there are no extraneous sounds like rattling or tapping the knife blade inside them, no.

Zero Tolerance ZT0160 Fixed-Blade Combat Knife tactical knife review, test and experience.


The lock on the ZT0160 sheath is removable, however, it will not work to rearrange it on the other side of the sheath, where a button will interfere with it. The design of the lock allows you to mount the sheath on belts or equipment elements up to 5.5 cm wide and 6 mm thick. A soft leather tongue is located on the movable part of the lock, which makes it easier for the user to open the lock in difficult access conditions..

Zero Tolerance ZT0160 Fixed-Blade Combat Knife tactical knife review, test and experience.


The sheath castle itself made a double impression. On the one hand, a rather simple and reliable design, with which you can easily fasten the ZT0160 sheath on belts without having to unfasten or remove them. It turns out very quickly and conveniently, the knife is always in the right place and at hand. The large reception compartment of the castle makes it almost universal. If necessary, you can attach the scabbard with the knife even on the thick straps of the parachute suspension system, even on the wide waist belt of some sort of unloading system.

On the other hand, the lack of the ability to tightly attach the sheath to conventional belts is a little annoying. Due to the heavy handle of the knife ZT0160 tilts them slightly to the side and side. For example, the photo below shows the location in the lock of the sheath of a belt of a fairly common width of 38 mm (1.5 inches). The belt moves freely in the lock, making it difficult to fix the sheath with the knife in one place and position.

However, such a feature of the castle does not create any problems. Rather, it is more nitpicking, since, given the militaristic orientation of the ZT0160 knife, the scabbard lock is such and should be one and for all occasions. The ZT0160 scabbard lock is not entirely friendly with MOLLE-type fastening system tapes. The movable part of the lock fits into the tape itself without problems, but its length is not enough to fix it on two tapes at once. As a result, we again obtain a structure moving in space.

Zero Tolerance ZT0160 Fixed-Blade Combat Knife tactical knife review, test and experience.


Zero Tolerance ZT0160 Fixed-Blade Combat Knife Field Tactical Field Test.

Already having experience operating both folding and non-folding Zero Tolerance knives, there was no doubt about the working qualities of the ZT0160 knife. In practice, he fully justified all the hopes associated with him, as a universal field-camping knife. And if the thick flattening of the cutting edge of the knife makes it particularly difficult to make thin or curly sliced ​​products, which in principle is not necessary and not important, then for various woodworks, the ZT0160 knife is in its element, withstanding even frank mockery of itself. The general drawback, which begins to manifest itself especially after prolonged work on hard materials, should include a very angular handle, which should be made more rounded to avoid unpleasant sensations in the palm of your hand.

Zero Tolerance ZT0160 Fixed-Blade Combat Knife tactical knife review, test and experience.


As for the various opening-picking actions, then the ZT0160 knife copes quite well, despite the fact that the tip of the blade is brought quite thinly. When performing some exact work, for example, when carefully removing a thin layer of birch bark from the birch trunk, the length of the blade (12 cm) is felt to be excessive. And I want to shorten it by a couple of centimeters, but then it will be another knife.

Zero Tolerance ZT0160 Fixed-Blade Combat Knife tactical knife review, test and experience.


Swedish steel Sandvik 14C28N also met all expectations. Keeps the sharp cutting edge of the blade for a rather long time, there are no special complaints about it yet. It is this 14C28N on the ZT0160 knife that perfectly manages in the field ceramic medium-grain musat, which allows for a long time to maintain the knife in working condition. You can buy this knife at an affordable price in this store..

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