I read with interest your recent report on the Kershaw
Lifter, and as I own one, could not agree with you more about it's
strength, versatility, and price -- especially price! I am no knife
expert, but the good things about the Lifter are easy to see.
thought, because I also have several other "Kershaw" knives, among them
the ZT 0350 and the ZT 0566, that I would compare them in photos,
thinking that it would perhaps be of interest.
I got to cogitating as I looked at the Lifter and the 0566 at how
really similar they are. The Lifter is not as sleek, to be sure, as the
0566, but it is a very close comparison. It is also a bit heavier. I
even began to wonder if Kershaw/ZT had not used the Lifter as a
prototype for the 0566. I didn't contact Kershaw for an answer, so am
just guessing. There are lots of similarities.
I've included three photos with embedded text to highlight the
differences, and threw in the ZT 0350 as another comparison, just for
reference, along with a FN 9mm double stack magazine for sizing
reference. (Everyone has one of those, don't they?)
For the price,
as you say, the Lifter absolutely cannot be beat. (Though I have to
admit that I carry the ZT 0350 with the Elmax blade. Just me. A knife
nut. Wonderful blade!)
Thanks again for very the informative web site.
That’s a nice comparison, thanks for sharing.
When it comes to the Kershaw Lifter
its obvious that the big price saving was in the blade steel and
country of manufacture (China). They also saved on the finishing job,
you see more straight lines and harder angles compared to the somewhat
similar ZT0566 geometry. No jimping on the blade and such, all those
things are extra steps that cost money. Other than that, the design is
outstanding and for the price it’s a very well put together folder.
Of course S30V and ELMAX are by far superior. The Lifter uses 3Cr13
steel for the blade, about the cheapest budget knife you can find, while
the other two are some of the best performing super steels. Again, when
it comes to top brands such as Zero Tolernace, if you have a knife that
costs 20 bucks and another that goes for well over $100, there’s
usually a reason for that.
Now, if you’re working with a 20USD
budget or you want a knife you wont be feeling bad about if you snap the
blade or (more likely) you end up losing it, then the Lifter is clearly
one of the best choices.
ZT 0350, I find the blade too wide for my taste, not enough of a tip. Of all three the ZT0566
is the one I like the most. Outstanding ELMAX steel, Speedsafe assisted
opening system, frame lock, great Hinderer ergonomics and blade
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.