September 19, 2021

Zero Tolerance 0707 EDC Folding Knife Review

Zero Tolerance 0707

Zero Tolerance 0707 Features a Sleek, Lightweight Design

As a tool guy, my EDC pocket knife does a lot of dirty work in less than ideal conditions. While that’s not the kind of environment I envision taking the Zero Tolerance 0707 into there’s a lot to be said for this sleek, lightweight knife.

Pros

  • Sleek look with carbon fiber handle scales
  • Titanium handle (frame lock side)
  • CPM 20CV drop point blade
  • Tuned Detent System (TDS) ensures smooth deployment even with pressure on the lockbar
  • Made in the USA

Cons

  • Narrow tip has a higher risk of breaking if dropped or abused
  • Flipper could stand to be a little larger

Recommendations

With an overall length of 8 1/4 inches, it’s a bit larger than we’d expect for a knife we classify as a gentleman’s pocket knife, but that’s where we’d put it. It has a sleek, classy look to it and uses premium materials to ensure a long life with fewer sharpenings. At less than 2 1/2 ounces, it wears well on dress pants if you’re carrying in a professional office environment. Of course, it wears just as well for those of us with jobsite-stained jeans as our “professional” workwear.

Zero Tolerance 0707

The Handle

The Zero Tolerance 0707 handle has a two-faced personality. One side is a black/charcoal carbon fiber that has a sleek look against the silver pivot and blade.

Zero Tolerance 0707

The opposite side is made from titanium with textured edges. A 3/4 length frame lock splits the handle through the middle.

Zero Tolerance 0707 Folding Knife

Just before it hits the extra deep pocket clip, there’s a notch that cuts in. If you’re right-handed, your ring finger sits there, making your deployment grip more comfortable. I like having it there to secure my grip while letting me reduce the pressure on my forefinger and, by extension, the release detents. If you’re left-handed, it’s just eye candy.

The pocket clip looks very minimal, but it’s tougher than it looks. In fact, it resists bending out better than many clips two or three times the size on other knives I own.

Zero Tolerance 0707

On the surface, it doesn’t look likes it’s reversible, but it actually is. There’s an inlay cut into the carbon fiber for it to fit. You just need to remove the rear backspacer, make the switch, and replace it.

The Blade

Once again, Zero Tolerance turns to Crucible’s CPM 20CV steel for the 0707’s blade. It has outstanding edge retention and corrosion resistance. However, it’s a tougher steel blend to sharpen.

Zero Tolerance 0707

At 3 1/2 inches long and just short of 3/4-inch tall, it’s a very slender drop point design. That gives it an outstanding piercing tip with a nice, long slicing belly. The downside is that the tip is very narrow and the overall blade width is on the thin side, so the tip at greater risk of breaking if you drop or abuse it.

Blade deployment is easy thanks to ZT’s KVT bearing system. It uses a flipper that, in my opinion, is a little too small. I’d like to see it rise up maybe another 1/8-inch just to get a little more secure against my finger.

Zero Tolerance 0707

This is ZT’s first knife to take advantage of TDS—Tuned Detent System. TDS simply lets ZT allow for extra pressure on frame lock knives and still open smoothly—and it works beautifully. I tried a variety of grips with varying pressure on the lockbar and got a smooth opening every time. You can certainly force it into a tougher opening, but it’s not going to be a with a grip you’d actually use.


Price

MSRP on the Zero Tolerance 0707 is $310 and it’s selling at most retailers for $248. That’s right in line with what we expect from this material selection and Made in the USA construction.

The Bottom Line

With an overall length of 8 1/4 inches, the Zero Tolerance 0707 is a bit larger than we’d expect for a knife we classify as a gentleman’s pocket knife, but that’s where we’d put it. It has a sleek, classy look to it and uses premium materials to ensure a long life with fewer sharpenings. At less than 2 1/2 ounces, it wears well on dress pants if you’re carrying in a professional office environment. Of course, it wears just as well for those of us with jobsite-stained jeans as our “professional” workwear.

Zero Tolerance 0707 Specifications

  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Opening Action: Manual KVT ball bearings
  • Opens With Flipper
  • Lock Type: Titanium frame lock, hardened steel lockbar insert
  • Pocketclip: Reversible extra-deep-carry (right/left, tip-up)
  • Made in USA: Yes
  • Hardware Bead-blasted steel pivot nut, bead-blasted steel tube spacers, black-oxide steel screws
  • Price: $248

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