If you were following the BladeBarrelBezel.com Facebook page during the last few days, then you saw this photo. I went to BLADE Show 2015 with an empty pocket. I credit this to hurried packing, not a conscious agenda. Because I “needed” a knife and I was at a knife show, it was akin to being hungry in a deli. Salivation began.
At this time, I cannot afford a custom folder. Hell, semi-custom was not really in the budget. The currency in my wallet would have to suffice. A bit less than $200.00 could be spent and still leave me enough to get home. And time was growing short. I had to be on I-75 in under an hour. Fretting began.
I circled like an uncertain bird of prey. Then, my mind was made up at the Knifeworks display. I saw decent prices on their wares. Zero Tolerance Knives stood-out. I had pawed quite a few at both BLADE and SHOT Shows. They are upscale, yet obtainable–meaning inside my financial limitations.
The 0566CF has three things my collection lacks: a flipper, carbon-fiber, and a blade of ELMAX steel. Check, check, and check! Rick Hinderer spec’ed the design.
Made in the USA
SpeedSafe® assisted opening system
Frame lock, lockbar stabilizer
Quad-mount (tip-up/tip-down; left/right hand), deep-carry clip
Steel: ELMAX®, stonewashed finish
Handle: Carbon fiber front, stainless steel stonewashed back
Blade Length: 3.25 in. (8.25 cm)
Closed Length: 4.5 in. (11.4 cm)
Overall Length: 7.7 in. (19.6 cm)
Weight: 5.3 oz. (147.4 g)
Oh, one other thing made this deal happen. Free laser engraving with every Knifeworks purchase at BLADE Show! I knew what had to be done. A nice lady named Melissa helped me with my order. BBB was going to be etched on the blade. A bold font was close to my logo.
After deploying the blade several times, and examining both the very nice CF scale and frame lock engagement, I was sold on the 0566CF. It was the right size for me and built solidly. “I’ll take it!”
Business was brisk at the KW’s counters. Melissa said I had to come back since the laser machine was backed up. Dang it. I hovered around some other tables, but I had to have the ZT and hit the road. When I returned 15 minutes later, no luck. Tick tock, busy people.
Shortly thereafter, a girl brought me the knife. I scanned the spelling. Awesome! Did I want it packaged? N-no, it should go home clipped in my pocket. I scurried away, smiling.
BLADE Show 2015 was very enjoyable. On a short turn-around, I did not see everything I wanted, but I was glad to have made it at all. And I have a little treasure by which to remember the experience.