Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Weight, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
This is the second ZT I've ownwed. I've got a 0095BW (love it!) which is heavier than this 0609 by 1.5 oz (or 43 grams) - which doesn't seem like much but makes a massive difference. The 0609 is no where near as fluid to deploy as the 0095, which isn't helped by the fact that the 'flipper' bit your index finger uses to deploy the blade is a) smaller b) rounded, rather than sporting a good edge. I've oiled the action and given it a bit of back and fourth - I'm sure it will loosen up. Despite this stiff deployment - what a GORGEOUS blade. I love this thing - feels great in my (average) sized hands - even though it is a 'smaller' blade. It's certainly smaller than the 0095, so it's a perfect lightweight alternative. On a defensive standpoint - I would not want to be on the other end of this blade, despite the slightly smaller size. This thing is typically (for ZT) exceptionally sharp. An item of beauty. Last note: the "bronze" colour you see on websites is no where near as brown as usually shown. It is dark brown but to the point where it looks like a dark grey in low-light. Your mileage may vary.