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First Batch of Winkler-Zev Knives Almost Sold Out

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

I saw a prototype of ZEV Technology’s knife collaboration with Winkler Knives a few months ago and was impressed with the styling. They released it last week, right on the opening of Blade Show and the knife flew off the shelves.

Last night, I spoke with Marketing VP Dave Roberts and he told me they are almost sold out of the initial batch of the knives. They are so cool, I wanted to let my readers know before these limited editions are gone.

The 4-1/4″ blade is made from 80CrV2 steel, coated in black oxide and features a sculpted G10 curved handle, for an overall length of 8-3/8″. Additionally, the blade features thumb index file work on top of the blade. The final detail is the sheath. It’s  Winkler’s new option which incorporates a contrasting Kydex overlay.

In this case, it’s classic Zev Black and Red. I thought it was pretty funny that some readers brought up Deadpool when it was first announced. Apparently, so did Zev Technologies. When I asked them for additional photos, they sent this one along.


ZEV Technologies Announce Collaboration with Winkler Knives

Friday, June 1st, 2018


After a chance meeting at the 2018 SHOT SHOW, ZEV teamed up with the one and only Winkler Knives to design and produce an everyday carry, personal defense knife. “Daniel Winkler and Jason Knight worked hard to bring our vision to life and we could not be happier with how this project turned out. They truly brought the ZEV philosophy of ‘Design. Feel. Performance.’ to every aspect of this knife. This is the first release of many new projects that ZEV currently has in the works.” stated Dave Roberts, VP of Marketing. The ZEV-Winkler Knife is a limited edition of 100 available for purchase exclusively on ZEV’s website. The first batch of 50 are available now, with the remaining 50 coming to market in the next 45 days.


The blade is made from 80CrV2 steel, coated in black oxide and features a sculpted G10 curved handle that indexes perfectly in the hand. Thumb index file work on top of the blade ensures a perfect grip every time.


ZEV’s influence can be seen from the red and black handle, its slashes cut in the blade, to the kydex® sheath in red and black that also feature the signature ZEV slashes.


Additionally, the belt clip can be mounted vertical or horizontal for left or right-hand draw giving the end user a variety of carry options.


Knife Specifications
• Blade steel: 80CrV2
• Black oxide no-glare finish
• Blade length: 4 1/4″
• Overall length: 8 3/8″
• Blade thickness: 3/16″
• Skeletonized, full tapered tang
• Thumb index file work

• Red and Black Kydex® featuring ZEV slashes
• Spring steel, belt clip that can be mounted on either side of the sheath in both vertical or horizontal positions



Gerber Introduces New Limited Edition G1-002 At 2018 Blade Show

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

PORTLAND, OREGON (May 31st, 2018)Gerber, a leading manufacturer of knives, tools, and equipment will introduce the latest edition of the G1 Series of custom knives, the G1-002, at the 2018 Blade Show in Atlanta, Georgia. An industry pioneer, Gerber has been crafting world-class knives and tools for decades and first introduced the G1 Series in 2017 to showcase the craftsmanship, design, and skill that are ongoing components of the brand’s robust American manufacturing.

Each year, Gerber plans to introduce a new addition to the G1 portfolio that will showcase elevated materials, processes, and technologies. The series serves to fuel the future development of production-caliber products, serving a large market of both professional and recreational users. As the second edition in the G1 Series, the G1-002 pays homage to a Gerber legend: the Mark II combat knife. The G1-002 is a distinct combination of premium materials and processes, buttressed by collaborations with two innovators in the knifemaking and shooting industry: Zev Technologies and Blackpoint Tactical.

“The G1-002 is not only a re-make of the heralded Mark II, it’s an overhaul. Wielding an S60V blade, a custom-machined handle from Zev Technologies, and a multi-mount Kydex® sheath from Blackpoint Tactical, the G1-002 is both a functional tool and a collector’s item” says Karrson Koivisto, Product Manager at Gerber. “First introduced in 1966, the Mark II is recognized as the benchmark for combat knives and stands as a piece of battlefield and knifemaking history.”

At the Portland, Oregon headquarters, Gerber engineers provided insightful design, informed engineering, precise machining, and first-class execution to bring the G1-002 to life. The team then turned to Zev Technologies – An innovator in high-quality firearm components for pistol, rifle and AR platforms – for a uniquely functional custom-machined handle with Cerakote® coating. Blackpoint Tactical was recruited to build a custom Kydex® sheath fitting of an undeniably legendary blade.

All aspects of the G1-002 were meticulously considered, sourcing first-class materials and leveraging both the master craftsmanship of Gerber’s manufacturing facility as well as the expertise of two premium partners. Proudly designed and made in the USA, each of the 100 hand-built G1-002 knives underwent a laborious multi-stage process, accumulating dozens of hours in production, processing, and assembly. Each knife is hand assembled, double inspected, and serialized for collection.

The ultra-premium S60V blade is the foundation of the G1-002. Gerber finished the spear-point blade with a highly polished and full fine edge, presenting a marked departure from the original Mark II’s blade. Zev Technologies applied a machining pattern inspired by their renowned stippling, typically applied to Glock pistols – resulting in a unique aesthetic and supreme grip. Blackpoint Tactical heeded the call for a custom Kydex® sheath with vertical or horizontal belt carry options and boasts click-in retention.

Visit the Gerber booth at the 2018 Blade Show to purchase the G1-002, a limited number will be for sale on site. It will also be available for purchase directly on Gerber’s website – retail price for the G1-002 is $400.00.

Proceeds will benefit the Special Operations Care Fund [SOC-F] which provides medical, financial, and other support to SOF members and their families in ways that are often not met through other sources.

The G1-002 has also been nominated for a “Knife Collaboration of The Year” award at the 2018 Blade Show.

Learn more about AKTI: www.akti.org

See more from Gerber: www.gerbergear.com

ZEV Technologies – PRO Plus Magwell

Friday, May 11th, 2018

The ZEV Technologies PRO Plus Magwell was designed for the professional shooter that is looking to enhance the look and performance of their Gen5 Glock. The one piece design facilitates easy installation and utilizes a single attachment screw to securely mount to the Glock frame while retaining a low profile.


The ZEV PRO Plus Magwell was designed and tested for compatibility with standard capacity factory magazines as well as magazines fitted with ZEV basepad magazine extensions. It also incorporates a pass-through hole at the back for lanyard retention.


One piece 6061 aluminum design with Type III anodized finish. Kit includes magwell body, mounting screw, and wrench.



NOTE:  Back straps may need to be modified if used.

NRAAM 18 – ZEV Technologies CORE Series

Friday, May 4th, 2018

ZEV Technologies has unveiled their new CORE series, a family of AR rifles and pistols which is more price competitive than their other offerings.

The barrel is guaranteed at 1MOA or better and they are equipped with their Wedgelock handguard as well as Magpul pistol grip and stock (Shockwave Brace for Pistol). However, the upper and lower are forged and the trigger is GI and the gas block is fixed.

Coming later this month in .300 and .223. 224 Valkyrie will follow soon.


Back By Popular Demand!

Friday, April 13th, 2018

ZEV Technologies has opened the vault and hit the drawing board to revamp one of their more popular, but retired slides.


The result is the limited edition Enhanced Prize Fighter slide with newly introduced geometric styling and windows on top of the slide that mimic the design and side window features of its predecessor.

This truly unique slide is only being offered for Glock 17, Gen3 models in Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) finish. Each slide is numbered, with a limited run of 250 produced, ONLY 25 will be available directly through their website and the rest can be found through ZEV’s dealer network across the USA.

To purchase the Enhanced Prize Fighter, visit:


ZEV Technologies Hires New VP Sales

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Oxnard, CA – April 2nd 2018 – ZEV Technologies is excited to announce and welcome Garin Lee as the new Vice President of Sales for ZEV Technologies.


Matt Ridenour, CEO of ZEV Technologies, shared, “At ZEV we aspire to hire to people that challenge us to be better and who push us to expand our vision. Garin has run sales organizations ten times our size and truly understands this marketplace and our customers.  His focus at ZEV will be on customer advocacy and customer intimacy.  We want to match our world class products with a world class sales and service.”

Garin Lee commented that, “I am honored to be part of the ZEV team and I’m looking forward to being part of the leadership and direction of ZEV. I have always been an ambassador of ZEV and what Alec Wolf was doing in the early days of ZEV. Getting a chance to work with close friends that have put blood and sweat into what is now a truly great brand is exciting and I am looking forward to the adventures and ZEV culture in the next chapter of an incredible company.”

Garin comes to ZEV after serving as the Director of Sales for Surefire LLC where he managed commercial, distributor and Canadian sales for all of the Surefire product lines, prior to Surefire he served as Western Regional Sales Manager for Under Armor and National Account Manager for Oakley.  Garin has always been involved in the shooting industry and is an avid outdoors enthusiast.


Congrats Garin and Team ZEV! Very excited about this news.

ZEV Technologies Announces NEW – ZEV PRO COMPENSATOR

Friday, February 16th, 2018

The PRO compensator was designed specifically for the G19 but will fit and function on other 9mm Glock models with a 1/2 x 28 threaded barrel and will generally cycle with standard 9mm ammunition without any modification to the guide rod or recoil spring.


Due to its compact design, when installed on a G19 with ZEV threaded barrel, it has the same overall length as a G34 slide and is compatible with most G34 holsters.

Will also work with on a G17 or G34 with a 1/2×28 threaded barrel.

MSRP $99

Available now at – www.zevtechnologies.com/glocks/glock-slide-parts/compensator