- Created: Sunday, 10 January 2010 02:33
Steel: S30V stainless-steel with Plain Edge & Tungsten DLC Black coating
Handle: Textured G-10
Blade: 3 1/4 in. (8.25 cm) Closed: 4 5/8 in. (11.75 cm)
Overall: 7 5/8 in. (20.002 cm) Weight: 6.2 oz.
For those who thought the ZT 0300 was pretty snazzy, but just a little too big, the 0350 was made for you.
The general design idea was to take the 0300 and slim it down, in the process they even considerably dropped the price, yet none of the quality. The blade is still quite substantial so most of the downsizing occurs in the handle. Rather than a frame lock, the 0350 uses a liner lock then is covered by G10 handle plates. The flat G10 doesn't quite fill the hand as much, but as you guessed makes the knife more slim. No need to fret as the G10 still makes for a great grip texture. Despite being a liner lock the 0350 does it quite well. It is flush to one side while the other handle side has an opening to make thumb access easier. There is no grip texturing on the thumb break which gives a clean feel and further prevents accidental lock release. With this design combo, no matter how much I twist my grip, I feel no threat to engaging the liner lock.
Besides some screw changes, the rest is quite similar to the 0300. Of course the speed safe system is still incorporated for an assisted release which I am always a big fan of. It is a quick, easy, and highly reliable release. There isn't a cool guy tiger stripe blade paint job, but the 0350-ST is available for a partial serrated option. The 0350 isn't a feather weight, but will fit in a pants pocket nicely. I'd consider it a solid medium sized knife while the 0300 would be some sort of middle ground between large and medium. Forgive me as this review is a little short, just be sure and check out the 0300 review if there is any functionality confusion. In the end the 0350 offers incredible bang for the buck. Great materials, design, and functionality without a wild designer knife price.
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