As horrendous as WWII was, the era did spawn a lot of gear that’s still lauded and lusted after today — including apparel, vehicles (like the Willys Jeep), and even weaponry. In fact, many modern manufacturers still draw inspiration from that time. The latest is a knife from Zero Tolerance and designer Tim Gaylean, which borrows styling from a wartime fighting blade and imbues it into a more everyday carry-friendly format.
Called the 0223, this cutting tool bears the iconic form and brown-and-black colorway of Ka-Bar’s legendary U.S. Marine Corps Fighting Knife, including the knife’s clip point blade itself. But there are some obvious differences (apart from its obvious folding format). For starters, the blade is made from ultra-high quality, DLC-coated CPM 20CV steel and features some unique cutouts to save on weight, as well as spine jimping. Similarly, the handle is constructed from DLC-coated titanium with grippy G10 scales. It also features a flipper deployment via a smooth-as-silk KVT ball-bearing system, a sturdy frame lock, and a carry-friendly pocket clip. This beautiful, USA-made, EDC homage to the fighting knives of old will be available soon for $375.