I have been carrying a Zero Tolerance 0550 Gen. 2 for a while now and I am working on a full review. So far, I have been extremely impressed. I have owned $500 custom folders that aren’t as nice as this ZT 0550.
Blade HQ, which is where I bought mine, has special pricing on the 0550 Gen. 2 right now. You can pick one up for $165 which is a killer price on the Gen. 2 version of the 0550. The earlier, Gen. 1, 0550s had a different pocket clip, a detent that was too strong for many user’s tastes, and a few users had some lock issues. The Gen. 2 version has a deep carry pocket clip. the detent tension has been tweaked, and the lock issues have been corrected. There are places out there selling the 0550 for less, but these are either blemished models or Gen. 1 versions.
It sounds strange to say this about a $165 knife, but this is probably one of the better values on the knife market. I don’t know of another knife that offers S35VN steel, a titanium frame lock, a G-10 scale, and this level of fit and finish for this price. In fact, I am not sure you can get anything comparable to the 0550 for twice the price.
Stay tuned for the full review and, in the mean time, check out the special pricing on the Zero Tolerance 0550 at Blade HQ.