Zero Tolerance 0562CF Hinderer Knife Carbon Fiber (3.5" Satin) ZT

MSRP: $299.95
Our Price: $240.00
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  • Overall Length:8.25"
  • Blade Length:3.50"
  • Blade Thickness:0.16"
  • Blade Material:CPM-20CV
  • Blade Style:Drop Point
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.75"
  • Handle Thickness:0.48"
  • Handle Material:Carbon Fiber
  • Color:Black
  • Frame/Liner:Titanium
  • Weight:5.45 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Flipper, Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type:Frame Lock
  • Brand:Zero Tolerance
  • Model:0562
  • Model Number:0562CF, ZT0562CF, ZT562CF
  • Designer:Rick Hinderer
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife


The cousin of the 0562 model, this ZT features the same Rick Hinderer special "slicer" grind, but on a premium stainless steel blade. A carbon fiber front scale reduces the weight so it rides in your pocket comfortably and adds a handsome touch. Like its cousin, this knife opens with a flipper and the ultra-smooth KVT ball-bearing opening system. To ensure secure use, it is built with a titanium frame lock with hardened steel lockbar insert and a lockbar stabilizer. The unique pocket clip is reversible and enables extra-deep carry.


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Everything I wanted
Tim O.
Canít say much more than has been said here already but had I gotten this knife first, when I became a ďcollectorĒ, I might have stopped there!

There is just nothing about it I donít like. Fit, finish,action...itís my most carried. Should be in every blade enthusiastís rotation. Will not disappoint!
Beyond my expectations
fred b.
I received my knife today as soon as I opened the package I was amazed on this knife and it's quality feels really good in the hand .The blade came razor sharp just everything about this knife is awesome ......
Everett W.
The videos donít do this knife justice. Best flipper I have owned. Going to EDC this everyday.
Smooth as butter
This knife is so smooth. It is the best action I've ever felt.
Oh yes
Kevin m.
Might as well get this instead of payin double for a hinderer, great look and feel, made with excellent materials, a better blade steel and again... half the price...............frickin flawless victory!
All around great.
Brian M.
Not much to say that hasn't already been said. The knife is slightly larger in hand than expected, but that's ok. It looks very nice, but I wouldn't go snapping it out in a delicate crowd. It looks (and sounds) a little aggressive. It has taken me a little while to position my hand correctly so that I don't put any pressure on the frame lock while trying to open it. The recess in the frame lock is perfect for my ring finger, then I just have to pull my middle finger back some to get it off the lock. I also have a Benchmade 940-1 and it is much lighter and less aggressive looking with the same blade length, but again that's ok because this knife is exactly what it was intended to be. It functions perfectly, pocket clip is great, and the lockup is rock solid.
ZT perfection
Grant H.
I've had this for 3 years, can easily say it's one of my favorites. Excellent ergos. Has a slim feel in the hand while still maintaining it's status as a beast!
Clayton p.
Man this is an awesome knife deployment is fast super good steel you The look of the carbonfiber very nice and tackle Highly suggest picking one of these bad boys up
One of the greats
Ryan T.
I have quite a few knives and this is one gives a very strong case to to be in the pocket all the time.
Darryl S.
this knife is built like a tank and is a beautiful work of art. came razor sharp like any other zt knife. flips great.
Smooth Operator
Ryan W.
If you want a heavy duty smooth knife, you cant go wrong with the CF version of this knife. The steel is great as is the pocket clip. The pocket clip is above and beyond every other pocket clip there is. I've not had to sharpen this guy yet, but I've heard 20CV is a real bear. Since I've not had to sharpen it yet, you know it will hold an edge. Great knife!!!
My favorite knife!
Ryder L.
I have a collection of around 20 knives. All being spyderco, benchmade, kizer,Vdk and zt. This is bar far my favorite knife! The fit and finish are out of this world. The carbon fiber is the best Iíve ever seen and the bearings are the smoothest Iíve ever played with. This knife is a great edc blade and is tough as a brick house! Not to mention itís absolutely beautiful! I know $250 is a little high for some people and was too high for me for a long time, but is well worth the money!! Itís definitely in the hall of fame in my book and compare it to other knives I own such as my zt0804cf and my Vdk war admiral! Definitely recommend this knife to anyone that wants a beautiful, tough edc knife!
Zt 0562 cf
Robert M.
This is my first zt and it is so much better than I could have imagined definitely worth the money and zt customer service is top notch
Love it!
Aram V.
Love the feel in my hand, the weight, size and everything.
Build quality is top notch, the steel holds a great edge but the only bad thing is that its little to thick behind the edge but still cuts perfectly fine!
Hard Use Excellence
Taylor P.
This knife is awesome! I first bought the zt0452 which is another great knife, but it left me wanting just a little bit more, so I ordered this guy. And I must say, there isn't too much more I want in a flipper. Definitely worth the buy
Andrew R.
I have been carrying this knife for about 6 months now. This thing has a great action, cuts very well. It feels very sturdy and super sharp out of the box. Overall I'm in love.
This knife is awesome!
Kurt J.
I am very impressed with this knife. Fit and finish on this thing is perfect. The detent was a little on the strong side out of the box, but breaks in nicely. Pretty easy to do because I can't put it down. I did quite a bit of research and comparison before getting this knife, and am not disappointed. I think this is the best knife out there at this price point.
Very good flipper
Jason P.
This is an excellent flipper. It carries surprisingly well for a 3.5 knife and with the deep carry clip nobody will know you have this much steel in your pocket until you use it.

I have three minor problems that resulted in knocking off a star.

1. I specifically asked Blade HQ to check mine for blade-centering, etc yet I received a copy where the blade is sitting to the edge, it rubs a bit when opening so I will probably will have to take it apart and reassemble it or send it to ZT. Disappointed in Blade HQ.

2. Edge on the knife is not straight for the last inch or so of the Blade. See point 1. Also 20CP is hard to sharpen so fixing will take a bit of time.

3. While this is a great folder that costs much less than a custom knife I feel that this knife bats too low for the $240 I paid for it. It is very similar to my Benchmade Rift that I paid $160 for, the Benchmade had a perfect edge and perfect Blade centering out of the box and has a lifetime warranty.

Overall this is a great folder, I will just buy future ZT knives locally so I can inspect before purchase.
Overbuilt is right!
Chad F.
This knife is one solid folder. ZT is not exaggerating when they say overbuilt and built like a tank.

Beautiful flipper, awesome edc however I don't abuse this one as much as I should because it's too beautiful lol. Absolutely the most solid heavy duty feeling flipper I ever felt. If I had to grab only one of my folders to go to war with this is the one I'd grab without a doubt. Detent is on the stiff side & is fitting for the HD purpose of this knife but after some break in gets a little easier.

You won't regret getting this knife, absolutely awesome.
Great Knife-Blade HQ Great Company
Andrew B.
There are two aspects to this review. One is about the knife the other about Blade HQ. I collected knives back in the 90s. I have quite a fine collection. However, since then metallurgy has made great strides. My knives were in carbon steel or the likes of 440 stainless. Until recently I have not had the experience of owning the newer steel. In addition to metallurgy, the mechanics of knives has changed. I heard about this knife in terms of its mechanics, how smoothly it operates and I had to see it for myself. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. The carbon scale coupled with the titanium back is really nice and feels great in the hand as well. I don't find it slippery. It opens quickly and smoothly with its KVT bearing system. It is smooth as silk. My knife is from the current run, CPM-20 CV, Crucible's powdered steel. I have never owned this steel and as of this writing have not taken it trough the paces. Suffice it to say that I could shave with it out of the box. I expect that it will hold its edge and I will only need to hone it. I use ceramic, leather with green and white compounds as well as naked leather. The only thing I noticed was that the frame lock seems a little tight. It has no jimping but that said it is not hard to close. I really have no interest in trying to close a knife with one hand even if it is possible. (I like my fingers unsliced.) Better locked tight than not I say! In any case, it closes easily enough. I am not a big time outdoor person although I have some law enforcement experience. This knife is a slicer perfect for EDC. It is not intended for tactical purposes although expect the knife to hold up to just about anything because it is solidly built.

Now to my experience with Blade HQ. Because the older run of the knife was with CTS-204P I called the company prior to purchase because I really wanted the CPM-20 CV. From an elemental perspective, the two formulations are almost identical. However, because Crucible's method is proprietary, I simply wanted to own the knife with its steel. I have absolutely no objective grounds to suggest that the CTS-204P is inferior in any way. I could find no information online one way or another. It was just my preference. In any case, the salesman assured me that I would receive it in CPM-20 CV. When the knife arrived however, I noticed it was the CTS-204P. Honestly, had it not been marked I would not have been able to know the difference. Yes, I was upset but I wrote to Customer Service and i also called them. I suggested that they send me the new knife overnight, shipping at their expense and they email me a label to ship the other one back. They were kind enough to accommodate me. Now, that is some company and a really stand up thing to do. For that, I will remain a loyal customer.
Awesome Flipper!
Steve S.
This my first ZT and I have to say it's a really nice piece, as already noted by almost everyone else here. First time handling the knife in person was at SHOT Show and I was really impressed by the fit, finish, and super smooth flipping action. So I went home and immediately ordered one.

When I received my knife from BHQ, I was surprised to find it was nearly impossible to open! It required a ridiculous amount of effort to overcome the initial detent pressure with the flipper. A call to BHQ customer service put everything right and I returned the knife in exchange for another copy of the same knife. This new one works perfectly and I'm very pleased with this purchase. I will definitely buy from BHQ again.
Best EDC
kyle e.
I have tons of high end folders/flippers, microtechs, Brous, Spyderco, and quite a few more and this one has been my go to for some time now. I can't say enough good things about it. Perfect size, weight, deep carry, and just has the look I love. It came razor sharp and holds its edge wonderfully. Great ergos, the thing is just awesome. Well worth the price... Actually, I feel it is underpriced. If I lost it I would absolutely have to get another and I would even have to get one if it was double the price. If you are on the fence about it just pull the trigger, you won't be disappointed.
My favorite EDC
Timothy G.
This knife just belongs in your pocket or hand. The end.
I'd give it 6 stars if I could.
Ryan B.
This is my first ZT and I think I chose wisely. The build quality is excellent, materials are excellent, features are excellent, ergonomics are excellent, the action is excellent. The weight is on par with any other quality 3.5" frame lock flipper. I added blue titanium hardware and sharpened it up on my edge pro using Chosera stones and that CTS-204p blade really came to life. My only criticisms are that it wasn't very sharp out of the box and the pocket clip has some side to side flex but I do like the design of the "Super Duper Ultra Deep" pocket clip. Hahahah! Blade HQ continues to impress me with their very fast & excellent service. Whenever I'm looking to buy a knife I always pray Blade HQ has it in stock!!
Scott A.
It really is. Probably the perfect knife for someone looking to get into higher end knives for the first time and not wanting something that looks huge or too intimidating. It's no louse though. This version has a mean edge out of the box and holds it for a very long time. The flipping action is buttery smooth and lock up is solid. For many, this is the perfect pocket knife and it's easy to see why once you get your hands on it.
I love this knife!
Jay T.
First time buying a knife.
After following some online forums I decided to buy this ZT 0562cf.
I'm very happy I got it.
I love the carbon fiber and titanium. The knife feels very light in my pocket.
The pocket clip is perfect, the knife sits deep in my pocket and only the pocket clip is visible.
Opening and closing is smooth. (it was a bit tight at first, needs to be broken in)
The blade comes very sharp from the factory.
The blade was perfectly centered and I could find no other faults with the knife.

Thank you ZT, thank you BladeHQ.
One of the best flippers to date!
Daniel F.
I love this knife! By far my favorite EDC knife to date. The ZT 0561 was just a tad too big for me. This is perfect! Feels great in hand, disappears in the pocket, looks awesome, has one of the best steels available, perfect detent! I mean I honestly have a hard time finding a con with this knife! If you're on the fence buy this thing it will not disappoint! Great job ZT!
An all time Favorite
Sebastian Y.
Best flipper action I've ever felt on a manual folder, combined with A super steel, carbon fiber, and beautiful Hardware. It feels like every aspect of this knife was looked at and nothing left lacking. The lock side has something about it that really catches my eye. The Milling on the titanium is great the steel lock bar insert is great. The Lockup couldn't be better. This knife is an all around win.
The Best ZT So Far
Dwayne S.
In my opinion, this ZT562CF is the best ZT so far. It has perfect flipping action and detent. The blade comes flying out like a rocket. And this blade is made from a great steel that is razor sharp. This knife has a great sound to it when it is deployed, and when the blade is closed. Almost the same sound a Sebenza makes when it is opened and closed. This by far is the best ZT, and at this price it is worth grabbing two of them. You won't go wrong buying this awesome blade.
Super high quality knife.
James W.
Where to start..... This thing just oozes of super hulk like quality. Everything seems perfect. You already know the specs, its ZT, it's made with very high quality materials. The steel, the frame, the CF scale is sweet. The blade has a BEAUTIFUL satin finish with some gorgeous "machining marks" that give it such a nice look. Not really something you can see from pictures unless you see one really high def and close up.

The blade came fairly sharp. Definitely sharp enough to slice paper, but I would not say as sharp as some of my Spyderco's came. It may just be the different grind on the blade compared to my Spyderco's which caused it to not "feel" as sharp. It is not an issue though like I said it did come sharp, and most people buying this knife will be able to sharpen it up to their liking.

As for build quality and fit, etc.... I'd score it 100/100 if possible. This is the strongest/most solid folder I've ever held. When the blade is open there just is no play what so ever, not even any teeny tiny amount of micro play. NOTHING! Even my Paramilitary 2 which is extremely solid and sturdy as a tiny tiny amount of micro play when I really really look for it. I can fix that by tightening the pivot until there is none, but then the blade doesn't drop free which is how I prefer my PM2.

Anyways back to this ZT, as I was saying it is just freaking solid. When you have a folder like this and it is so damn strong and solid with the blade open it really instills confidence. I absolutely would take this knife with me in a survival situation as a back up to a couple good fixed blades. I have no doubt this thing can take an insane amount of use and abuse.

The deployment, locking, and closing are all top notch as well. The flipper works perfectly matched with the ball bearing system ZT has incorporated into some of their higher end knives. It is a very smooth action, and extremely fun to open to be honest.... you get a very satisfying "thwack" when it locks open. Lockup is super strong, the Ti frame lock lock bar does its job just fine. Lock bar makes contact with more then enough of the blade and doesn't get stuck or jammed, so closing it with one hand is always very easy. Even with that said, I see no signs of the lock bar failing with stress on the knife. I'm not about to start beating up my $240 knife doing spine whack tests just yet so I'll leave that to you. I have plenty of confidence in the lock though.

Not much else to say, I'm not one to go into super detail with these. I was super pleased with the knife and I feel like it was definitely worth the money. I'm looking forward to see how well the CTS 204p performs, everything I've heard about it is great.

If you're looking for an extremely tough, well built folder that you can without a doubt rely on as an EDC or a back up blade in a survival/outdoor environment then this should certainly be a blade you consider.