Automatic Knife Release Form
You must read and fill out this form before Kai USA, Ltd. can sell to you, or ship to you, any Automatic or Butterfly Knives. By electronically signing this online form, you confirm that you are in compliance with the federal statutes shown below as well as any applicable state and local regulation.
By placing an order or receiving a product service (such as warranty repair service) from us, you agree that you meet any or all of the following criteria:
APPLICABLE FEDERAL STATUTES
18 U.S.C. § 1716 (G) (2) (1-4) provides, in summary:
Switchblade (automatic) knives can be shipped to civilian and armed forces supply or procurement officers and employees of the federal government ordering or procuring or purchasing such knives in connection with activities of the Federal government; to supply or procurement officers in the National Guard, the Air National Guard or militia of the state or territory of the District of Columbia ordering, procuring or purchasing such knives in connections with the activities of such organizations; to supply or procurement officers or employees of the municipal government of the District of Columbia or the government of any state or territory of any county, city or other political subdivision of a state or territory ordering, procuring or purchasing such knives in connection with the activities of such government.
15 U.S.C. § 1244 provides, in summary:
Knives can be shipped by common carrier; that sale, transportation or distribution, possession or introduction into interstate commerce of switchblade knives is authorized if it is pursuant to a contract with the armed forces; or, any member or employee thereof acting in the performance of his or her duty may possess switchblade knives and may have them shipped to him and sold to him or her. The possession and transportation upon his or her person of a switchblade knife or a blade 3 inches or less is authorized to any handicapped individual who has the use of only one arm.
STATE LAW PROVISIONS
It would be impossible to provide an exhaustive review of the laws that may apply in the various fifty states and in the various counties, parishes, municipalities, and other political subdivisions within each state. By signing this form below, you will be certifying that in addition to complying with federal law, you have determined which, if any, state or local laws apply to you, and that you are acting in compliance with those laws.
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Blade Coatings & Finishes
The coatings and finishes on ZT blades and some titanium handles are part of the knife’s design and aesthetic, as well as adding some protection against scratches, wear, and corrosion of the metal surface.
Anodizing is a process ZT uses to add durable color to titanium handles and some aluminum parts, such as backspacers. Anodizing is an electrolytic process that manipulates the native oxide layer of the metal to create a colored surface that remains stable and unfading.
The knife blade is “blasted” or sprayed with a mixture of fine media, including glass and aluminum-oxide beads, under high speed and pressure. This smooths the blade surface and creates a soft, non-reflective, matte look. Depending on the media, this finish can produce a darker or a lighter blade color.
Our BlackWash™ finish produces a look like that of a well-used tool. ZT’s BlackWash™ finish helps hide use scratches and adds blade protection.
Cerakote is a high-performing, durable polymer-ceramic composite coating that can be applied in a variety of colors. The coating enhances abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness.
Tungsten DLC Coating
Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating displays properties similar to those of natural diamond. Zero Tolerance’s DLC blade coating is not about looks; it’s about performance. Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coatings lower friction, offer high wear resistance, and enhance hardness. The benefits of such a coating are obvious when it comes to knives.
PVD stands for Physical Vapor Deposition. Specialized materials are vaporized via a vacuum process. Then the vaporized material is deposited as a thin layer on selected objects. In our case, it enables us to finish our blades and/or handles with a thin coating that adds color and offers excellent wear and corrosion resistance.
A ZT satin finish will typically show a faint pattern of vertical lines across the blade. It is somewhat shiny and is relatively light in color.
Blades are tumbled with ceramic “stones,” which gives the blade surface a desirable roughened or scuffed look. The look can be pronounced or subtle. The finish helps hide scratches and fingerprints.
Sometimes ZT will combine two different blade finishes on a single blade, for example, satin finish on the blade grinds and stonewash on the blade flats. A two-tone finish may sometimes include a coating.
Devised by Rick Hinderer, ZT’s “working” finish is designed as a hard-use finish that helps hide scuffs and scratches even better than stonewashed.