The ZT Knives Model 0055 is a unique design that's based on the work done by Gustavo Cecchini of GTC Knives on his Airborne folding knife. With the release of that first design, Cecchini and ZT Knives began a collaboration that ended in the construction of the remarkable Model 0055.
When examining this new knife, the first thing that jumps out at the user is the lightness of the design, particularly considering the size of the blade. The length of the blade on the Model 0055 is 3.75 inches long, while the overall length of the knife when deployed is 8.75 inches long. Despite its size, the knife weighs in at just 5 ounces.
This lightweight design is due to the use of machined handles made from solid titanium. The titanium is given a serrated texture in select areas to promote a solid grip, while an ergonomic design allows for a comfortable hold for precision work. The handle also features a lanyard hole for retention.
Inside the Model 0055, users will see a purpose-built backspacer made from anodized aluminum that's finished in a light blue color. Of course, the blade sits inside the handles and is machined from S35VN stainless steel, a special formula developed to promote durability and resistance to wear while avoiding brittleness.
ZT Knives incorporated a novel opening mechanism in the Model 0055. The company's Spring-Loaded Tab system features a built-in flipper that sits flush with the body of the knife until needed for use. To deploy using the two-stage flipper mechanism, simply pull up on the slight protrusion at the deployment end until the flipper stops at a hard edge. Press down firmly, and the blade deploys on the ZT KVT ball-bearing system, which ensures the blade deploys fully and locks into place with a built-in titanium lockbar.
Of course, the ZT Knives Model 0055 also includes a titanium pocket clip that allows for tip-up carry and is fully reversible for left- or right-hand carry. The suggested retail price on the Model 0055 is $275.