Zero Tolerance 0308 Pocket Folder Knife – Review

Zero Tolerance 0308
Zero Tolerance 0308

U.S.A.-( Zero Tolerance, a premium knife maker out of Oregon (and sister company to Kershaw Knives), has released the ZT 0308.  The 0308 is designed for those who like their pocket folders to fully fill the hand.  Let’s take a gander at the tech specs, then break it down.

Tech Specs, as per ZT:

  • Blade Length: 3.75″ (9.5 cm)
  • Closed Length: 5.2″ (13.2 cm)
  • Overall Length: 8.9″ (24.1 cm)
  • Blade Material: CPM-20CV Stainless Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.156″ (3.96 mm)
  • Blade Style: Clip Point
  • Blade Finish: Stonewash
  • Handle Material: Coyote Tan G10 with Bead Blasted Titanium Lock
  • Locking Mechanism: Frame Lock
  • Pivot Assembly: KVT Ball Bearing System
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Right/Left Carry
  • Weight: 6.9 oz. (195.6 g)
  • Made in the USA

With an overall length of nearly 9″, the 0308 is indeed a hefty pocket folder.  Call it a testament to good design, the shape of the 0308 when folded carries really well, and doesn’t feel nearly as large when stowed away in my pocket.

The pocket clip gives you reversible right or left hand carry, but only in tip-up orientation.  If you’re into customizing your EDC blade, the 0308 is compatible with “many aftermarket pocket clips”, according to Zero Tolerance.

The G10 scales have a pretty unique grind to them, offering a comfortable gripping surface.  The distinctive tan/silver slabs give a refreshing visual take in a market dominated by conformity.

Zero Tolerance 0308
Zero Tolerance 0308

The flipper and KVT ball bearing work well together, pivoting the blade out easily enough.  There’s a little resistance to getting the momentum going, then the blade glides effortlessly.

Zero Tolerance 0308
Plenty of material to flip the blade with

The blade itself is a clip point, constructed from CPM-20CV steel.  This type of “super steel” rates really well against corrosion resistance and for edge retention and wear resistance.  While chipping can be an issue with large blades using CPM-20CV, even a tough-use pocket-folder sized blade shouldn’t be running into this.  I’ve been putting miles on the 0308 as a bushcraft/campground knife and a general use (and abuse) shop tool.  The edge retention has been excellent thus far.

If I have one complaint about the 0308, it would be the shape of the handle.  There’s a lot to like there, with a relatively thin profile, but the angled “hump” in the middle of the spine gets me down.  It actually helps to fill the hand during light use, but when you need to bear down and grip the handle with some force, that angled hump turns into a hard pressure point that transmits force against my hand in a way I don’t like.  If I adjust my grip just so, then the problem is mostly ameliorated.  I’d like to hear feedback from other 0308 users to see if this is a “me” problem, or if it affects a more widespread portion of the enduser market.

Zero Tolerance 0308
Solid lockup

If you’re already a fan of Zero Tolerance, there’s likely nothing I can say to dissuade you from the 0308, not that I’m looking to push anyone away from this knife anyhow.  ZT makes great blades, and that’s what is really key here: the blade.  ZT knows steel, and overbuilds their products.  If this handle fit my hand better, the 0308 would be my go-to for bushcrafting and hunting use.  It has held up as well as you’d expect from either a Zero Tolerance product, or any blade in the $300+ price range.  Whether you’re already a fan of ZT or just looking for a new EDC, field or hunting knife, check out the 0308.  Price: $375 (MSRP), $300 (street).  Made in the USA.

About Rex Nanorum

Jens Hammer

Rex Nanorum is an Alaskan Expatriate living in Oregon with his wife and kids. Growing up on commercial fishing vessels, he found his next adventure with the 2nd Bn, 75th Ranger Regt. After 5 tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, he adventured about the west coast becoming a commercial fisheries and salvage SCUBA diver, rated helicopter pilot instructor (CFII) and personal trainer, before becoming a gear reviewer and writer.”

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Get Out(@get-out)
1 year ago

IMOA, The price is a bit steep when there are so many affordable knife choices out there to do what this one does. My everyday carry is a Case Mako that cuts string, rope, peels potatoes, cuts steak, tent poles/ stakes, cane poles etc.. It does the varies jobs required when camping and hunting for a lot less.

1 year ago

What is the range of this knife, 200-300 yards; if so, then worth the money. CPM 20CV steel holds a great edge but has proven to be incredibly difficult to sharpen on a stone, etc.

1 year ago

“Price: $375 (MSRP), $300 (street). Made in the USA.”

Oh, is that all? I’ll order a dozen or so when my check gets deposited in my account.

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Heed the Call-up(@daveeckartverizon-net)
1 year ago
Reply to  Grigori

Grigori, I agree that is a steep price, but ZT makes nice knives. I have the 0452TI flipper with a 4.25″ blade. The blade is about 1″ wide, with a good blade thickness for it’s size, a nice heft, and with the Titanium handle, it’s not too heavy for the pocket. The ball bearing pivot makes it open smooth and easy, and it locks solid. I paid $200 for it, but I like it a lot, my favorite knife so far. Not only is the blade very nice – it keeps an edge and hones well – and it still… Read more »