-Price Paid: $128.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for Greater than 1 year
I simply had to give the ZT0200 a 10 in all aspects, as anything else just does not fit the bill.
First a little background. When I saw these knives for the first time, in pictures, I was impressed and excited. Then when they became available, something just kept me from pulling the trigger on the 0200. Looking back on it, I really think that the price tag was so much lower than the rest of the lineup, and this meant low quality--evan at $130!
Eventually I decided to go ahead because I was reading so many positive reviews about it. When I arrived I was blown away! EVERYTHING about the knife was PERFECT! Now I'm sure that I sound like a fanboy, but I really believe what I have said to be true. The overall design of the knife has Ken Onion written all over it, with curves aplenty throughout the handle and blade. The build quality leaves very little to desire as everything fits together into a smooth handling package that feels great in my hand. The components are heavy duty all the way through the knife. The hardened steel liners measure ~.080" thick, while the blade is .157" thick and made from 154CM with great grinds and a razor edge from the factory. Lockup is very good, although I have read where the lock has slipped for some people. For me, it never slipped. Course I took it apart and gave my liner a little more bend to insure that the liner would not slide over without me making a conscience decision to do so. I've had it, and a few other 0200's, for 3 years and the lock bar continues to lock up on the blade tang in the original position before I "modified" it. As I stated above, the handle shape, along with the contouring of the G-10, just fits my hand exactly as I want a knife to fit it.
Finally, the cost of this knife is really low for what you get in return. I'm no stranger to high end production knives, nor custom knives (in the ~$500 range), and the 0200 built with the same materials in the same design, would easily bring a much higher price from a custom maker!
So this is my take on the ZT0200, a very fine, well built, well designed knife that is available to all for a lower price than you might think!!