L20 Flipper with Nickel Wire Carbon Fiber (Ceramic IKBS) - RWL-34

Product Description for L20 Flipper with Nickel Wire Carbon Fiber (Ceramic IKBS) - RWL-34

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $920.00
Item num: 100811
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.90 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.75 in.
Total length: 8.80 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.91 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.04 in.
Item weight: 4.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.8 oz.
Blade: Premium RWL-34 stainless steel, hardened to 60-61 Hrc
Bolster: Engraved and textured stainiless steel
Handle: Nickel wire carbon fiber
Sheath: Padded cordura pouch
Style: Ceramic IKBS flipper with locking liner
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. Thorburn is a master of the IKBS pivot and the action on this flipper is as smooth as a knife gets!
The long, slender drop point blade is formed from RWL-34 stainless steel. RWL-34 is a premium powder metallurgy cutlery steel manufactured by ERASTEEL in Söderfors, Sweden. Because it is made from rapidly solidified powders, the microstructure of the steel is much more uniform. This gives the steel much higher strength and resistance to cracks and chips. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
The scales are formed from nickel wire carbon fiber. Linear nickel wires travel through the woven carbon. 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. Stainless steel bolsters are hand engraved and textured by Marietjie Thorburn, ensuring a positive grip. The handle is completed with blue anodized, fileworked titanium liners that elegantly complement the scales. 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 throughout.
A stellar everyday carry piece for any occasion! BladeGallery.com is proud to be the exclusive distributor and recommended repair shop in the United States for André Thorburn's knives!


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