Zero Tolerance 0500 Mudd Folder [video]

Reviewed by corwin99 on February 13th, 2008


Couldn’t help myself with this beautiful folder. Soon as I saw it I had to have it! Its not every day you get find a Grant and Gavin Hawk knife made to this level of quality for the price that Zero Tolerance offers their folders at. There is no doubt in my mind that Zero Tolerance offers the best bang for buck as far as production folders are concerned on the market.

When I saw the folder and opened it it only took me about 2 seconds – no wait, make that 1 second to decide that I was buying it. A great bargain at just over a buck and a half ($160), and it is a great cutter. I used it today to open up the box of my new CD player… worked great. I kind of wish that the blade steel was S30V rather than 154CM, but for the price I can’t really complain. The blade is coated with a Tungsten DLC coating, and a slight clip point.

The G-10 handles are aggressively textured, and the pocket clip will rip a hole in your jeans after a while. One complaint I have about the pocket clip is that it is not as solid as I would like I guess since it is a deep pocket clip with only 1 screw holding it in. It also has what looks like a ball on the end for breaking glass or something. I’m not sure. The G-10 handles also have machining around the edges and in the middle of it that give it a stepped look.

There are also some small details like where the plunge grind is on the blade, there is a stepped design on the ricasso as well. Thumbstuds are massive disks for ambidexturous opening. Blade centers perfectly and doesn’t budge one bit. The lock design is something from Grant and Gavin Hawk. It is designed so that no dirt and muck can get into the folder and affect the lock or anything else. The pivot is sealed with neoprene and the lock release is surrounded with a rubber damn so no crud can get in. The lock itself is completely incased within the pivot and handle scales. It is kind of like a one-sided Axis Lock but sealed within the pivot.

The Mudd 0500 is definately another winner from the guys at Zero Tolerance. It’s made in USA like all of their products and mine is production dated at January 2008. Not bad. Wasn’t more than a month old before I got it!

Steel: 154CM
Handle: Aluminum with G-10 Overlays
Blade Length: 3 3/4″
Overall Length: 8 7/8″
Weight: 4.9 oz. (Actual 6.5oz)


2 Responses to “Zero Tolerance 0500 Mudd Folder [video]”

  1. ocult dakara Says:

    i got a zt0500 just because of your review.
    coudnt be more satisfied,great folder hefty and full of personality.
    sad that i didnt get one of the older models like yours,but im happy with mine.
    keep the good work.

  2. corwin99 Says:

    Awesome! Glad you are happy with the knife, as I am!

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