A6 Premium Flipper with Damascus and Mokuti (Ceramic IKBS)

Product Description for A6 Premium Flipper with Damascus and Mokuti (Ceramic IKBS)

Maker: Van Heerden & Thorburn (collaboration) (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 100214
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.50 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.50 in.
Total length: 8.30 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.35 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.03 in.
Item weight: 6.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 7.8 oz.
Blade: Stainless Damacore san mai forged by Damasteel
Bolster: Damasteel
Handle: Heat colored Mokuti
Sheath: Padded pouch
Style: Folding liner lock with ceramic IKBS bearing pivot
Description: South African knifemakers André Thorburn and André van Heerden create exceptional folders at a tremendously high skill level. When they collaborate, they create A2 knives. Very few A2 Premium knives are made each year.
The blade is perfectly centered and the action is silky smooth -- easily opened with one hand using the discreet and ambidextrous flipper toggle. It uses IKBS (Ikoma Korth Bearing System). This mechanism, which was originally designed to fit balisong knives, uses ball bearings to create exceptional action with no blade play. Thorburn and van Heerden created this special A6 Premium Flipper 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.
The blade is made from high performing Damacore stainless damascus san mai forged by Damasteel in Sweden. This exciting steel combines a high performing core of nitrogen based N11X, surrounded by alternating outer layers of stainless damascus (forged from RWL34 and PMC27 martensitic stainless steels). N11X has a comparable composition to nitrogen based Vanax SuperClean which is known for having both high wear resistance and high toughness against chipping or cracking. The broad leaf-shaped blade provides a particularly dramatic canvas and shows Thorburn's grinding skills at their best. The flats are polished, nearly hiding the pattern.
The scales are formed from heat colored Mokuti. Mokuti is a mokume forged by Chad Nichols that includes titanium laminates. The colorful, swirling pattern nicely complements the Damasteel blade and bolsters. At the center of each stainless damascus bolster is a custom Damasteel pivot with a domed Mokuti collar. The bolsters, custom pivot, back spacer, and pocket clip are all stainless damascus forged by Damasteel in Sweden. Titanium liners have been anodized blue to match the scales. The 3D machined Damasteel pocket clip is mounted for right-handed, tip-up carry.
A spectacular knife from two incredibly talented knifemakers. Tremendous fit and finish throughout!

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