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ZT 0452...WOW!

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by cistercian, Jun 28, 2019.

  1. cistercian


    Apr 22, 2015
    I have never been a fan of framelocks. I liked the Axis lock and the Compression
    lock and CBB lock more. But I decided to try a Spyderco advocate...and it was
    fantastic. I was won over!
    I like bigger blades...and I saw the 0452CF by ZT so I ordered it. When it arrived
    it needed sharpening! So I hit the sharpmaker and then started to carry and use it.
    I can't believe what I have been missing! Light weight, epic action, great fit and finish
    (except the edge). Holy cow what a great knife!

    I do not like most of ZT's other offerings...huge, heavy...ugly to me.

    But the 0452CF is the freaking bomb! I am a happy camper now!

    Sinkevich for the win!

    Does anyone else here like this knife? I can't believe it is so good!
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  2. b00n


    Dec 15, 2016
    It's one of the more popular models they make for a reason. If you like big ZT's the 0920 or the 0462 are two I would recommend (I own like a dozen). The 0562 is popular for good reason as well.
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  3. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    Yeah as I said in another thread, 0452 and 0562 IMO are the two best ZTs that have been produced ever by KAI.
  4. ErocSD

    ErocSD Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 21, 2019
    I have a Zt0452Wbw and it came razor sharp, in fact it's easily still one of my sharpest blades, came a little stiff on the detent but now it locks up like a vault and flips amazing for an almost 4" blade. I second the Zt0920, it's an awesome knife. I love the blade shape but it is a recurve I'd that matters to you. Enjoy!!

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  5. Kaizen1

    Kaizen1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2006
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  6. BumblingBear

    BumblingBear Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2015
    I keep looking for a 0454 to add to my collection but no dice lately.
  7. KVT


    Feb 17, 2019
    Love my 0452s!
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  8. Call_me_Tom


    May 18, 2019
    The 0452 was my first purchase once I made knives a hobby. I EDC’d it for a long time and it disappears in the pocket due to its slim profile.

    My frame lock and detent were very strong and stiff and it took a few thousand openings and closings to break it in. I also swapped out the clip for the 0801 for a deeper carry.

    Overall I highly recommend the 0452, it’s a great knife.
  9. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    I like the 0452 so much that I have a handful of them in different versions. My favorite of the bunch is still the original, though:

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  10. kniferbro


    Jan 22, 2011
    Congrats man! Always great finding a new blade/style that you love. You're making me want to pick another 0452 up... I had one a few years ago and it was definitely sweet. Not the greatest cutter if I'm being honest but I buy knives for all types of reasons :thumbsup:
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  11. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    True, it definitely suffers from thick blade syndrome. The wide triangle effect is exacerbated by the short distance from the edge to the center line full thickness start of the grind.

    This is why the 0770cf is by far my best-cutting ZT, and I have piles of them--thinner blade stock with a taller triangle for the win.
  12. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    I semi agree, I'll swap the 0450cf for the 0452. I wish I could like big knives but I rarely have any use for one, even though the 0452 is sweet!
  13. soc_monki

    soc_monki Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 5, 2019
    I have a 0566cf, 0562CF, 0770CF, and an 0470. The 566, 770, and 470, once reprofiled to 15 dps and a microbevel, cut like lasers. The 562 cuts well, but is thick, which is good when I'm chopping small limbs and branches in the yard!

    Love my spydercos, but my ZTs are great as well. Check out an 0470...i guarantee you will like it!
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  14. tony281sc2


    Feb 13, 2017
    You must be careful, those ZTs are very addicting lol they should put a warning label on the box like they do with cigarettes.
    Seriously tho, the 0452 is my all-time favorite knife. I own 6 versions, the regular, gold M390, WBW, GL, and both titanium versions.
    It’s like carrying a sword in your pocket, and the detent, grinds, sharpness and lockup are just about perfect on all of them. I love the fact that the clip is so small too, it will bury the knife in your pocket and looks like you’re carrying a 2” knife.
    I like the 0450s quite a bit also but it’s a little small for me and lacks the deep-carry clips that I prefer. The 0462 is a beast too, like they added some curves to the 0452.
    My next knife purchase will probably be a 0470, as I hear a lot of good things on BF about that knife as well. Congrats on your new purchase!
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  15. tony281sc2


    Feb 13, 2017
    When I think about it, all of my favorite ZTs are Sinkevich designs (besides the 0456). It’s too bad Ken Onion doesn’t work with ZT anymore, because they collaborated on some awesome designs (0400, 0200, etc.)
  16. Dadpool

    Dadpool Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    My 0452 had some of the best action I've ever experienced in a knife. I always felt like I was carrying a pocket cavalry saber. :D
  17. metsfan

    metsfan Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 26, 2012
    I have a 452cf in work rotation, and it’s never let me down yet. Plenty strong for whatever I’ve needed it for and always ready for the next task.
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  18. abbazaba

    abbazaba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2015
    It's been my opinion for years that the 0452 is as close to perfection (for what it is) as any knife can get. I've owned almost every variant at one point - the one I regret selling is the 0452G10 with that contoured handle, the only gold knife I ever liked. The full Ti with the milled out scale was a real sleeper though... A random group photo from the archive:


    And that sexy gold beast:

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  19. tony281sc2


    Feb 13, 2017
    Nice collection! The last one i would like to acquire is the first one in your picture....the blue/CF M390....IMO the best of all worlds! Someday....
  20. abbazaba

    abbazaba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2015
    Sadly the only one I have left is the standard 0452cf. But it is arguably my favorite at second hand prices. Still hoping for a full Ti DLC 0452tibk
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