Thoughts on ZT0609

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  1. Shadowedhand

    Shadowedhand

    32
    Dec 4, 2019
    Thinking about getting the zt0609 titanium bronze one. I have the zt0350 and enjoy it. I want to know owners’ thoughts, experiences and general perceptions on the knife. How it’s worn in, shortcomings and where it excels. I really appreciate the feedback!

    thanks,

    -S.
     
  2. Razor

    Razor Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 1999
    I really liked mine but the handles seem thin. It felt good in the hand, but I thought the lock up was real early and locked kinda funny to me how the lock, locked up against the blade tang. It didn't seem real heavy duty to me, but what do I know. I like the 393 better. It felt a lot stronger to me. The 609 would be light to carry and probably be plenty strong. Hay, it is a ZT. My favorite.
     
  3. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    Thought? The pivot tool should come with the knife.
     
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  4. lzeplin

    lzeplin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 18, 2012
    Go for it, I love mine flips like a rocket. Blade centered perfectly, carries great in the pocket. I would call it a gentleman's ZT, but I believe it would take a lot of abuse if needed too. [​IMG]
     
  5. SavageSick

    SavageSick Gold Member Gold Member

    206
    Mar 24, 2017
    Knife's dimensions, materials, and aesthetic really had me excited - however, the proprietary pivot design was a dealbreaker.
     
  6. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    100% this for me. The pivot annoys me. I hate stupid funky custom hardware so much. I have knives that I love despite their stupid custom hardware (e.g. Olamic Swish, MKT 187, etc.), but none that I like any better because of their stupid custom hardware. It baffles me that companies do this. I mean, make your pivot screw have whatever funky shape and decorations and whatnot but just drop a torx socket into the middle of it, or even cut a groove across it that fits a flat head screwdriver or whatever. Don't make me need a special tool just to tighten the pivot on a knife. The LionSteel key ring I carry has two little torx drivers on it that will work on something like 98% of my knives . . .
     
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  7. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    They surely know that but I think at the end of the day the idea of making a few more bucks out of a special pivot tool is just too good to give up.
     
  8. rileybassman1

    rileybassman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    402
    Aug 12, 2012
    It's a cool knife - I enjoy mine. Fits my small-medium hands well and is a very good slicer with the thinner blade stock and the good, thin grind. I have the pivot tool, and I actually kinda like the pivot... it's only like 15 bucks for the tool... yea kinda lame that you need to buy it, but the magnetized pivot tool is nice, and the pivot doesn't seem to easily scratch (as opposed to my Olamic when I had it which scratched super easy).

    Action on mine is ok... not the best flipper but definitely not the worst... it is getting better with time for sure.

    All in all it's a great EDC and one of my favs from ZT... I also have the 0470 right now and slightly favor the 0470... but the 0609 called my name and I ended up with it as well :)
     
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  9. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    I really like mine.
    The blade shape is compelling, as are the overall lines of the knife.
    Blade to handle length is great.
    Stock thickness is just right.
    I kinda like the pivot. Admittedly it’s gimmicky, but I think it’s unique and attractive.

    The lockbar on my sample is a bit too tight. It fires well enough for use but not well enough for fidgeting. I haven’t tried adjusting the lockbar; I’m worried I’ll dork something up trying to get the insert off. In the end, I’d rather have a bit too much lockbar tension than a bit too little.

    I replaced the pocket clip with one from MXG Gear. The OE clip is ok but nothing special; ultimately I wanted something with more ramp.

    If my knife had the lockbar tension tuned a bit better it would be dang near my perfect EDC.

    Here’s a pic showing the MXG clip.

    [​IMG]
     
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  10. rileybassman1

    rileybassman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    402
    Aug 12, 2012
    My lock bar was tight too... The insert popped off pretty easily with a small slot screwdriver. I suggest a light spine wack test after adjustment to ensure is not too loose to cause a lock failure... I found I had to make 2-3 adjustments to find a happy medium. Pretty happy with where is at now.
     
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  11. lzeplin

    lzeplin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 18, 2012
    I love that clip, I had no idea that mxg made one for it
     
  12. Shadowedhand

    Shadowedhand

    32
    Dec 4, 2019
    That’s my idea. I have a heavier duty use knife like the 0350 although for anything too crazy I’d use a fixed blade. The idea of having a very nice knife that is capable of slicing over a period of time is enticing.
     
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  13. Shadowedhand

    Shadowedhand

    32
    Dec 4, 2019
    Thanks a lot for the comparison to other offerings. I have looked at the 609 as well.
     
  14. Shadowedhand

    Shadowedhand

    32
    Dec 4, 2019
    My sentiments regarding the pivot tool are the same; if you’re already spending that much on a knife, and in the name of the design- it’s not that big of a deal. A small sacrifice for the design. I was concerned regarding wear so your description is helpful. Do you find that the bronze titanium handles color changes or wears in a way that is unappealing with use? I saw a video where the owner showed a discoloration of sorts. The brightness of the bronze changed and seemed to dull. Just curious. Not a dealbreaker.
     
  15. Shadowedhand

    Shadowedhand

    32
    Dec 4, 2019
    Do you think with time the action will improve as the knife gets broken in? I know my assisted 0350 continues to break in. It gets smoother and smoother!
     
  16. rileybassman1

    rileybassman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    402
    Aug 12, 2012
    I've only had mine a month or so... so not very extensive carry or testing, but no, it hasn't really done anything weird. I too have seen reviews saying and showing an odd color... I think they just must be oily or something? Just now I added a drop of nano oil on the top of the scale and took a pic... second pic was after wiping it off on my shirt and now it seems back to normal.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  17. Shadowedhand

    Shadowedhand

    32
    Dec 4, 2019
    Wow the bronze looks so vibrant in your pictures. Good to hear that it retains the same color in your experience. Thanks a lot for the great pics and detailed explanation.
     
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  18. rileybassman1

    rileybassman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    402
    Aug 12, 2012
    I had a light above my desk... but yea that was no photo touch ups or anything. I have a benchmade anthem as well and the 609 is more vibrant then the anthem if that helps...
     
  19. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    Nah. It’s not an issue with smoothness or the ball breaking free of the detent. My knife is just a bit over sprung. I think it’s probably at the margin of spec. Had I bought it in person I would have just grabbed a different sample.

    It bought it mail order via a group purchase program. A return would’ve been a PITA and honestly, it’s not so far off to make me not enjoy the knife. It just keeps it from being perfect. (My other ZT’s are perfect...it’s a high standard ;)).

    Maybe I’ll try to adjust it so I can end up whining to the forum about a stripped screw or lock failure. :p
     
  20. Shadowedhand

    Shadowedhand

    32
    Dec 4, 2019
    Ok so t
    Interesting. I’m thinking of blade hq. My other ZT is perfect too. Wonder if deployment not being satisfactory is a returnable offense according to Blade HQ. haha I’m sure you’ll be fine but then again I’m one to talk.
     

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