Over the years Kershaw and Zero Tolerance have come up with sharp designs that almost always surpass expectations. Whether it is a handy general-use folder or a fixed blade with a tactical flair, the brands’ knives not only look good, but also perform.
Kershaw and Zero Tolerance both also waste little time resting on their laurels, leading the way in cutting-edge innovation. And the brands have continued to do so recently with a slew of new knives certain to get enthusiasts, well, enthused. Here is a look at three sweet automatic knives from Kershaw and two manual folders from Zero Tolerance that cut to the quick of top-notch engineering.
Kershaw Launch 1
Kershaw has gotten back into the automatic knife game this year with the Launch Series. The first in the line, the Launch 1, offers an ergonomic handle crafted from billet aluminum. This material keeps the knife light and allowed Kershaw to install a goodly sized blade. The 3.4-inch blade is composed of rugged CPM 154 steel — BlackWash™ finished — known to hold a superior edge. The Launch 1 has a snappy blade deployment and is sans a safety. Instead, a recessed push button reduces the chance of an accidental deployment. With a reversible pocket clip, the knife can be configured for righties and lefties. MSRP: $149.