L44M Flipper with Damasteel, Blue/Silver Carbon Fiber, and Timascus (Ceramic IKBS)

Product Description for L44M Flipper with Damasteel, Blue/Silver Carbon Fiber, and Timascus (Ceramic IKBS)

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $1,295.00
Item num: 100058
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.90 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.60 in.
Total length: 8.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.00 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 5.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 7.4 oz.
Blade: Vinland pattern stainless damascus forged by Damasteel
Bolster: Heat colored Timascus
Handle: Blue/silver carbon fiber
Sheath: Fleece lined cordura pouch
Style: Folding linerlock flipper with ceramic IKBS bearing pivot
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. The blade is perfectly centered with silky smooth action. The flipper opening is tremendously easy to use for quick deployment. When combined with the IKBS ball bearing system, the action is exceptional! The Ikoma Korth Bearing System (IKBS) was originally designed to fit balisong knives and 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 the action is as smooth as a knife gets!
The clip point blade is formed from Vinland pattern stainless damascus forged by Damasteel in Sweden. This high performing stainless damascus is created using powder metallurgical steel manufacturing to provide excellent edge retention and unmatched beauty. The high contrast pattern is revealed in the grinds. The flats are mirror polished nearly hiding the pattern. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
Handle scales are formed from blue/silver carbon fiber. Jimping on the thumb ramp aids grip. The flipper doubles as a front guard that keeps the hand from sliding forward onto the blade. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills out the hand perfectly.
Bolsters are formed from linear titanium damascus that nicely complements the scales. Titanium liners sit against red fiber spacers and have been hand fileworked and anodized blue. The 3D machined titanium pocket clip is mounted for right-handed, tip-up carry and features a ceramic ball for excellent pocket retention.
Exceptional fit and finish throughout with an action that can't be beat!
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