I’ve been on a quest of sorts for some time, searching for the perfect knife– a fusion between Bear Grylls’ fixed-blade woodland survival blade and the quintessential gentlemen’s pocket knife. For years, that balance was realized in my Gerber 06 Automatic. I praised the Gerber for its ruggedness and razor sharp S30V steel. Well, my daily work knife has finally found its match: the Zero Tolerance Strider Ken Onion Model 0301.

My buddy Pete is one of my most trusted local clients and a real high speed, low drag LEO. He absolutely swears by Zero Tolerance knives and turned me onto this model a few months back. Well, one of our suppliers finally started carrying ZT and my first shipment arrives today! The attention to detail and build quality is phenomenal. The balance and ergonomics are unparalleled. I think it might be the perfect blade. [ click here for the photo gallery ]

The blade, of course, if 3.75″ long and constructed of the finest S30V stainless steel coated with a DLC Tungsten Tiger Stripe finish. It’s as beautiful and elegant as it is sharp. The G10 handle is Ranger OD green on the front and matte Titanium black on the back. Open, the ZT 0301 is a formidable 8 5/8″. Closed, the knife is still a burly 5 1/16″. It weighs 8 ounces empty, and 8 ounces fully loaded.

Zero Tolerance’s Speed Safe assisted opening technology is fluid and graceful. Although I prefer an automatic knife, this is much more practical and lawful. Despite its size, the Strider Ken Onion models are remarkably comfortable to carry. The pocket clip can be mounted for tip-up or tip-down carry.

ZT knives are a premium product and demand a premium price. Retail is $295, but you know your friends at On Point has you covered for a lot less. We’ll have pricing loaded later today for VIP members. None VIP members will be able to purchase at the standard MAP price of $236. [ click here for pricing ]

Have a good one and God bless. — Evan