Zero Tolerance 0055 Voted Most Innovative New Knife 2017

Presented by: Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpeners

We are pleased to announce that the Zero Tolerance 0055 is the KnifeNews Dealers’ Choice for Most Innovative New Knife 2017. Votes cast by dealers indicated that other great new blades in this category included the Cold Steel Golden Eye and CRKT Daktyl.

Zero Tolerance enjoys a well-deserved reputation for making custom makers’ work accessible in a high-quality, high-performance production form. Ken Onion, Mick Strider, Dmitry Sinkevich, RJ Martin – the list of their collaborators goes on and on. But even hardcore ZT fans must have been surprised when the company revealed the ZT 0055 collaboration with Gustavo T. Cecchini of GTC Knives.

Cecchini’s work is legendary for both high fit and finish and technical complexity. Some custom makers are content transforming luxurious materials into functional eye-candy. But Cecchini also pushes mechanical boundaries with several important inventions. The SLT (Spring Loaded Tab) hidden flipper is one of his most sought after innovations. Cecchini paired the SLT with the striking Airborne custom knife design. Its angular, futuristic style was larger than life and the perfect compliment to its mechanical innovation.

Zero Tolerance 0055

The production SLT is fast, responsive, and fun to operate. The one-of-a-kind character of the Airborne knife itself is faithfully translated. The beautifully milled and sculpted handle and multifaceted tanto grind blur the line between custom and production in exciting ways.

Visit tomorrow to find out the winner of the KnifeNews Dealers’ Choice Award for Best Overall New for 2017 Lineup (See the nominees below).


Benchmade: The company followed up a strong SHOT Show offering with a series of surprise releases throughout the year.

CRKT: Strong collaborations, upgraded fit and finish, and unbeatable prices added up to a big year for CRKT.

Spyderco: Spyderco proved that it knew what its customers wanted with a major expansion to its catalog that appealed to both knife users and collectors.

Zero Tolerance: ZT added to its catalog with a diverse line-up of high impact, niche designs.


Best New Tactical Fixed Blade 2017 
WINNER: Spartan Blades Hybris

Best New Outdoor Fixed Blade 2017

Best New Multitool 2017

Best Knife Upgrade 2017
WINNER: Spyderco Maxamet Manix 2 Lightweight

Best New Automatic Knife 2017
WINNER: Buck Knives 110 Auto

Best New High-End Knife 2017 (MSRP of $300 or more)
WINNER: Benchmade 781 Anthem

Best New Value Folder 2017 (MSRP of $100 or less)

Best New Manual Folder 2017
WINNER: Benchmade 535 Bugout

Most Innovative New Knife 2017
WINNER: Zero Tolerance 0055

Wednesday, November 22: Best Overall New for 2017 Lineup