War Horse - L51 Compact Flipper (Ceramic IKBS) - CTS-XHP

Product Description for War Horse - L51 Compact Flipper (Ceramic IKBS) - CTS-XHP

Maker: Garri Dadyan (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 100918
** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind **
Blade length: 3.40 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.25 in.
Total length: 7.80 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.96 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.12 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.04 in.
Item weight: 8.40 oz.
Shipment weight: 10.2 oz.
Blade: Satin finished CTS-XHP stainless steel, 61 HRC
Handle: 24k gold plated sterling silver inlaid with natural faceted gems
Sheath: Padded cordura pouch
Style: Ceramic IKBS flipper style folding liner lock
Description: This spectacular folder is a collaboration between South African knifemaker André Thorburn and Garri Dadyan, National Artist of the Soviet Union. The combination of their diverse skills results in one of the most dramatic and elegant knives ever made.
Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. The action on his knives is silky smooth -- easily opened with one hand using the ambidextrous flipper toggle. Andre's mechanism and action is among the best to be found anywhere. 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.
Handle scales were created by Garri Dadyan. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Garri was named a National Master Artist of the Soviet Union in 1985 for his unparalleled mastery of repousse metal work. In 1993 he became a member of the UNESCO International Federation of Artists in recognition of his superior artistry. A master metal worker, Mr. Dadyan employs the techniques of chasing, repousse, filigree and granulation, wax casting, engraving and niello with equal virtuosity. Working in solid sterling silver with precious gems, Garri brings old world mastery to the new world that no other knifemaker can emulate. Garri is able to create a highly sculpted handled that none-the-less is tremendously comfortable to hold and use.
The blade is formed from Carpenter's CTS-XHP stainless steel. This US-made steel is an air hardening, high carbon, high chromium, corrosion resistant alloy. This knife will have exceptional edge holding! The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge. By differentially polishing the blade, Andre emphasized his clean grind lines. Jimping on the thumb ramp ensures a secure purchase. The flipper allows for a very smooth and fast blade deployment.
The meticulously carved scales are formed from .925 sterling silver. 150 grams of sterling silver were meticulously carved to form the two scales and the backbar. The three dimensional scales depict a detailed stallion on one side, scrolls on both sides, and a eagle clutching a sword on the reverse. 24K gold plating is used throughout. Bronze anodized and fileworked titanium liners surround the titanium backbar. Natural gemstones are hand set throughout.
Faceted natural gems include:

  • 6 - 2.2mm round brilliant cut diamonds
  • 2 - 9mm round brilliant cut citrine
  • 4 - 2.5mm round brilliant cut peridot
  • 2 - 2.5mm round brilliant cut topaz
  • 2 - 5mm round brilliant cut garnets
  • 2 - round brilliant cut 2.5mm rubies
  • 2 - round brilliant cut 2.5mm amethyst
Exceptional work throughout on this masterpiece.

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