Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: ZT 350 Review

  1. #1

    ZT 350 Review

    I've owned ZT's before, and IMO probably the best EDC ZT for the money is the model 350. Having used them extensively in the past, I know they're a great knife that peforms well and isn't as hard to maintain as most people think (talking about recurve sharpening) given the proper tools.

    Last week I had the opportunity to try out a custom engraved version of the knife and picked up a couple for the shop. These were done by an ebay user who laser engraved the blade. The engraving is really well done, it's sharp and clear, extremely professional looping and it doesn't eat into the blade. Personally, I think the Biohazard version is pretty boss...



    Back to the 350, I have to say, I love this knife. Having owned thousands of knives, I can say there are some out there that are real gems, and this is one of them. ZT is in my estimation the best hard use/heavy duty style knife in the business currently, flatly beating Emerson, Strider, heck even Rick Hinderer in terms of quality for the money.

    The 350 runs about 140$ new from respectable dealers, I'm sure you could find it cheaper on eBay or from a bottom tier backdoor dealer, but for the purposes of review, this is a 140$ knife, and that sets my benchmark. Compared to other knife companies, ZT really delivers an outstanding product for the money. I think a lot of other companies, especially Emerson, like to downplay their poor (frankly horrible) fit and finishing owing to the fact that they're billed as hard use knives. ZT's a little different, not only are ZT's super heavy duty, their fit and finish is some of the best in the industry as of Feb 2012.



    The 350, tho, has got a lot of things going for it. The handle is ergonomic, grippy and sturdy thanks for an awesome design from the collective minds of Ken Onion and Mick Strider. Kershaw's Speedsafe assist makes quick work of opening, and S30V steel at a reasonable price point with a DLC coating means this knife will perform well from day one and continue to perform for the entire lifespan of the knife.



    I like the ability to swap the clip position, for most tip down is less optimal for carry, but you have the option. Also it's lefty friendly, for a liner lock anyway, and you can swap the clip to either side. The one ergonomic miss in my opinion is the thumb studs, which like on all kershaw stud-flipper combo knives, are kinda hard to access. Frankly, to me it doesn't matter since the flipper is so easy to actuate and works for both hands, so this is only a minor miss.



    Other than those minor issues, the knife is a solid 9/10. I've carried these extensivly in the past so I know what great knives they are, but I had a new one so I wanted to snap the photos and share the thoughts. As an EDC, it's an awesome piece, one of my favorites. Kicks the pants off of any Emerson and the 300 series really gives the Strider framelocks a run for their money in terms of quality and construction. Even the new 560 series is almost out-Hinderer-ing a real Hinderer. Kershaw and ZT are pretty much poised to take over the hard use niche if they continue on the path they're on, they're def the company to beat right now and as long as they keep putting out awesome knives, I'm going to keep buying them.
    -W. Moon-
    www.MoonCustomKnives.com

    Current Models:
    -Orion 5" Balisong
    -Blackstar Integral Tactical Flipper

    N7

    My Youtube: www.youtube.com/PRSPl4yer





    See my work: http://willmooncustomknives.blogspot.com/

  2. #2
    Como un angel
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Parts Unknown
    Posts
    6,337
    I agree the 350 for the money is a complete packedge , i love the handle and easy to sharpen, nice review .

  3. #3
    Total devotee waterdogs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Raisin` it up....Waxin` it down....
    Posts
    4,289
    I`ve had a 350 in my EDC rotation for over 2 years now, and can`t say enough good things about it. It`s an affordable, top-quality everyday beater that`s tougher than a 2-dollar steak, with excellent blade steel and a vault-like lockup.
    As mentioned, the thumbstuds ARE of the "Tits On A Bull" variety (when used to open the blade), but I think their true function is to make the blade more secure in the open position....they butt right up against grooves machined into the front of the bolsters, giving extra support at that critical junction.
    For a great everyday working folder, I can`t think of a better choice for the same money.
    Dental Floss Tycoon

    *Please support the Wounded Warrior Project*

    When faced with choosing between two evils, always go with the one you`ve never tried before....

  4. #4
    Good review. I carry a 301 alot and really like it so I got that one too but found that the flipper trigger hurt my finger after firing it a couple of times because it is slimmer than the one on the 301. Other than that it's a nice knife..
    If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea...does that mean that one enjoys it?

  5. #5
    The Cool Kid sbl212's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    1,172
    Images
    2
    Just got a 350 yesterday and love it.
    A bit smaller and thinner than what i gathered from the pictures but for me that's a plus

  6. #6
    Deadicated begreen61's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Southern Androndacks
    Posts
    4,777
    Great Review,,Love the knife ,,I also agree ZT is giving everybody a run for their money,,I beat the shit out of my 301 at work and after work i carry the 551 another great ZT knife,,You cant go wrong buying a ZT blade!!
    Nothing but Respect
    Gary





    My knife never needs to be reloaded,yet allways is loaded and has never missfired yet!

    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

  7. #7
    Thumb up, got one of this model and carry as
    EDC about 4-5 months

  8. #8
    "to protect and to serve" Mike Grasso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Westfield - Indiana
    Posts
    5,260
    Images
    5
    Good Review, it's my EDC.

    Some people just need a High-Five
    In the head
    with a chair



Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. 51-Ti review
    By HonorHer in forum JerzeeDevil Balisong Alliance→
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 02-24-2014, 10:57 AM
  2. PSK Review
    By JMCNEES in forum Mcnees Custom Knives
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-11-2013, 03:22 PM
  3. FOS Review
    By shadow2 in forum Testing & Reviews (Knives & Gear)
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-13-2011, 07:47 PM
  4. MuleProjects Update, Handle Grips Available Now!! Review(s) Coming, Review Updated.
    By Marion David Poff in forum Factory & Production Knives
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-18-2009, 04:45 PM
  5. BUK Review
    By jimmyjo in forum Testing & Reviews (Knives & Gear)
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 09-14-2009, 04:13 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •