There is no evidence to support that ZDP would excel at impact chopping. I would need to discuss this with Ed Schempp, Warren Osbourne, and Scott Devanna at Crucible. My limited education looks to 3V, S6 or S7, M5 and similar materials. Chopping the toughest materials from wood to chain would determine the blade material for me.
Hey Deacon, while you are not "average"
, my tendency would be to agree that "real-world-function" would be the prime focus. Tools can make good weapons, but weapons do not always make good tools.
Liong has deigned a folding hawk that Eric is playing with. Ball bearing lock.
I think some early protos are available from Liong. Interesting piece.