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DLC coating (ZT & Brous)

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by R. Deckard, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. R. Deckard

    R. Deckard

    7
    Nov 28, 2018
    I'm new to dlc coated knives so wondering if someone can help me out. A few weeks ago I purchased a new Brous Blades Specter from a reputable online dealer and returned it because of what appeared to be blemish near the flipper. I bought a new ZT 0450 and it appears to have the same "blemish" .... Is this normal for dlc coatings?

    ZT 0450

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    Specter

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  2. SW-EDC

    SW-EDC Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 4, 2015
    Your pics are broke.
    My experience with ZT's DLC is it will blemish easier than say, Cold Steels DLC.
    It's a flat DLC rather than a glossy DLC.
     
  3. R. Deckard

    R. Deckard

    7
    Nov 28, 2018
    I fixed the images. It's almost as if those uncoated spots are from something that may have been attached when the blade was held during the coating process?
     
  4. Kaibab270

    Kaibab270 Gold Member Gold Member

    125
    Jul 20, 2019
    That's where the lock bar interface is. Its supposed to be like that.
     
  5. Kaibab270

    Kaibab270 Gold Member Gold Member

    125
    Jul 20, 2019
    DLC is not invincible though btw. It is very hard and durable but will slowly wear off eventually with use. Alot of the times scratches youll see on it are just material stuck to the blade and you can wipe it off with oil and a rag. But it certainly isn't damage proof.
     
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  6. R. Deckard

    R. Deckard

    7
    Nov 28, 2018
    Ahhhh, ok. Thank you! Shame I didn't know or else I may have kept the Specter (even with the flipping action being terribly rough). Odd that when I sent those same images/inquiry to Brous, the rep who responded acted as if it were a blemish.

    Thanks again.
     
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  7. Kaibab270

    Kaibab270 Gold Member Gold Member

    125
    Jul 20, 2019
    No problem! That is odd, maybe they just wanted to make sure you were a happy customer. I suppose you could have the coating on that surface but DLC has a pretty low friction coefficient and I certainly wouldn't want it on the parts that keeps the blade from closing on my fingers :D none of my DLC blades have ever had it on lockup parts.
     
  8. Dcdavis

    Dcdavis Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 13, 2018
    A1C8FCDE-7C3D-4F94-82E9-0FE27789ECC3.jpeg I have that exact same ZT knife purchased brand new from authorized dealer. It’s supposed to be like that. Nothing to worry about
     
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  9. 115Italian

    115Italian

    Nov 13, 2015
    As mentioned, thats the lock face on the blade. Every folder thats a liner or frame lock has that. Its just more noticeable because everything is black. The lock face needs to be clean metal for proper engagement and to prevent lock slip.
     

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