L45 Flipper with Marbled Carbon Fiber (Ceramic IKBS)
Product Description for L45 Flipper with Marbled Carbon Fiber (Ceramic IKBS)
Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 98058
Blade length: 3.30 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.10 in.
Total length: 7.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.90 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.12 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 3.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 4.8 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished Bohler N690 stainless steel, hardened to 59 Hrc
Handle: Marbled carbon fiber
Sheath: Fleece lined Cordura pouch
Style: Ceramic IKBS Flipper with locking liner
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. This L45 Flipper is a spectacular EDC though it will feel comfortable in nearly any collection.
The blade is perfectly centered with silky smooth action -- easily opened with one hand using the discreet and ambidextrous flipper toggle. The blade uses the IKBS (Ikoma Korth Bearing System) pivot system. This mechanism, which was originally designed to fit balisong knives, uses ball bearings to create exceptional action with no blade play. This special folder is made with ceramic ball bearings. Generally IKBS bearings are made either from tool steel or from stainless steel. Stainless steel can wear away, resulting in uneven action over time. Tool steel bearings can oxidize making the action rough. Ceramic bearings are the best of all worlds -- extremely hard and wear resistant, they are also inert and will not oxidize. Andre is a master of the IKBS pivot, and this is as smooth as a knife gets!
The blade is formed from N690 stainless steel, created by Bohler in Austria. It takes an incredibly sharp edge and holds on to it. Increased toughness gives it better resistance to edge chipping. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge. The blade is differentially finished to emphasize his clean grind lines.
The handle is shaped from marbled carbon fiber and is contoured to fill the hand perfectly. The flipper doubles as a front guard that keeps finger from sliding forward onto the blade. The handle is completed with blue anodized titanium liners that elegantly complement the marbled carbon fiber scales. The machined titanium pocket clip with ceramic retention ball is mounted for right-handed, tip-up carry. This knife features Andre's oversized pivot for extra durability.
Exceptional fit and finish throughout.
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