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Kershaw® ZT 550 Hinderer Folder

Item #: KE-ZT550G10


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The ZT0550 was one of the new Zero Tolerance™ folders introduced by Kershaw® in 2011. Every ZT model is built tough, for serious jobs. With high quality material and precision manufacturing, these knives can take just about anything you can dish out.

Designed by Rick Hinderer, the ZT0550 is an impressive knife, starting with the 3-5/8" stonewashed modified drop point blade of S35VN stainless at 59-61 Rc. Crucible's S35VN is designed to offer increased toughness over S30V, yet it is easier to machine and polish. It offers high wear resistance, so holds an edge longer, and resists edge chipping. The chemistry includes niobium, vanadium and chromium carbides with an exceptionally uniform distribution of those carbides. The obverse side of the frame lock handle is textured G-10 over a stainless liner and the business side of the handle with the locking bar is Titanium. A Hinderer Lockbar Stabilizer further strengthens the lock by not allowing the locking arm, or bar, to flex, keeping it always in the intended position. The deep pocket clip allows you to carry it in any of four positions, tip up, tip down and right or left handed. Measures 4-1/2" closed and weighs 6.0 oz. Made in the U.S.A. Suggested retail is $250.00.

  • Type
  • Blade
    Drop Point
  • Blade Length
  • Blade Steel
  • Rockwell
  • Lock
    Frame Lock
  • Liners
  • Handle
  • Closed Length
  • Clip
  • Weight
    6.0 oz.
  • Origin

Kershaw Knives

Kershaw Knives was founded in 1974 in Portland, Oregon when knife salesman Pete Kershaw started a cutlery company that would make knives from his designs. Japanese based KAI Cutlery manufactured those designs. In 1978, KAI Cutlery purchased Kershaw Knives and the company, renamed KAI USA Ltd., continues today with three product lines; including the original Kershaw Knives and Shun Cutlery which primarily markets kitchen cutlery.

Over the years, Kershaw Knives has worked with several custom knifemakers. Cutlery Hall of Famer Ken Onion, a custom knife maker and inventor of the “SpeedSafe” assisted opening mechanism, is the premier knife designer for Kershaw Knives. Kershaw has also collaborated with custom knifemakers Grant and Gavin Hawk, Frank Centofante, and Ernest Emerson. Kershaw has released models that were developed in collaboration with National Geographic, Jeep, Orange County Choppers, the American Professional Rodeo Association, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Kershaw manufactures excellent knives and has built a very strong customer fan base due to their innovative designs and their quality control.

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