ZT 2018 LINEUP

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by ridnovir, Dec 11, 2017.

  1. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    Yes - ZT liners rust after I flush the knife under tap water. Hairdryer blowing has limited effect on water/moisture between steel liners and cf/g10 scales. This is why gradually I try not to flush folders unless absolutely necessary, or I simply take it apart to clean and lube.
     
  2. shinyedges

    shinyedges Unfaltering Love & Undeviating Will Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2012
    The rusting tells me it isn't a 300 series steel. Maybe 400 series, I should call and them.
     
  3. shinyedges

    shinyedges Unfaltering Love & Undeviating Will Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2012
    I called them, they said 420 steel for liners. Which is in line with what I assumed.
     
  4. Mick_1KRR

    Mick_1KRR

    May 1, 2016
    I can also testify to this, I've seen rust on almost all of their models with steel liners. And the ones i saw had not even been flushed under water for cleaning, they just seem to use cheap rust prone steel for liners.
     
  5. shinyedges

    shinyedges Unfaltering Love & Undeviating Will Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2012
    300 series is more corrosion resistance but more expensive.

    I wonder if it's j2..
     
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  6. Lapedog

    Lapedog

    Dec 7, 2016
    Since most of them have ball bearings I have taken to just running them dry without lube. Honestly the lube attracts dirt and dust which can hold moisture. They run fine on just the bbs with no lube.
     
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  7. Lapedog

    Lapedog

    Dec 7, 2016
    I so far have only had rust form on the liner between the liner and the scale. The side that is on facing the blade seems to get better air flow so I haven’t had rust issues there.

    Apparently coating the stainless with a product like frog lube helps problem.
     
  8. shinyedges

    shinyedges Unfaltering Love & Undeviating Will Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2012
    I have been doing the same for years. No issues.
     
  9. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    That’s a biggie these days with others increasing their street prices.
     
  10. shinyedges

    shinyedges Unfaltering Love & Undeviating Will Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2012
    Absolutely. Not to be overlooked, zt holds steady while others raise prices. AND sends clips, pivots, screws and other things for free.
     
  11. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    It’s not apparent in the pictures from the ZT website or catalog probably due to the G-10 overlay covering the screw that holds the steel lock bar insert in place. Both the website and catalog indicate a titanium frame lock with hardened steel lockbar insert.
     
  12. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    ZT does not charge for standard steel screws, pivots, standoffs and clips. However, they do charge for premium parts.
     
  13. shinyedges

    shinyedges Unfaltering Love & Undeviating Will Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 5, 2012
    This intrigues me, I didn't know that. What do they charge for a titanium clip for say an 804cf? I have never needed another clip so I have no idea.
     
  14. abbazaba

    abbazaba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2015
    It's low, email them. Some of the "premium" stuff I've asked them for was barely more than the shipping (that they don't charge for).
     
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  15. goldie

    goldie

    Feb 18, 2000
    This 0609 looks great the other is a version of the hinderer 392 ; this model is a 393,same steel as the 609 20cv;looks like blue ti scales carbon fiber overlay?. Gotta get that 0609!. [​IMG]
     
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  16. F22shift

    F22shift

    138
    Mar 1, 2017
    Prices seem competitive but I dunno, I’m just bored with these designs. I feel like the Chinese collabs with designers are more interesting nowadays.
    Also had rust on my zt and my friend did as well so eh. They should have used titanium liner if they are using a titanium scale. Just seemed like cheap cost cutting.
    Last year I was interested in the zt055 when they announced but it took so long that I lost interest and forfeit my preorder deposit. I hope not the same this year.
     
  17. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    I think the most expensive parts like the milled and DLC-coated titanium clip of the 0804CF are $25 which includes shipping charges.
     
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  18. nick21

    nick21

    Feb 22, 2014
    I hope more companies make the switch from AUS-8/8cr13 to D2. I know I shouldn't get my hopes up from a single model, but still

    As far as ZT goes, I am fine with all 3 but I guess I'm easy to please. Definitely not a mind blowing showing, but not abysmal.

    Solidly mediocre I guess?
     
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  19. Nautique

    Nautique

    817
    May 15, 2016
    Weak
     
  20. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    I may be warming up to the 609 a little bit, especially price considered. The handle ergos and the pocket clip will probably end up being the deciding factors on that one.
     

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