L51 Compact Flipper with Micarta (Ceramic IKBS) - CTS-XHP

Product Description for L51 Compact Flipper with Micarta (Ceramic IKBS) - CTS-XHP

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 101317
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.40 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.25 in.
Total length: 7.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.95 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.07 in.
Item weight: 4.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 5.6 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished CTS-XHP stainless steel, hardened to 61 Hrc
Handle: 3D contoured black Micarta with unique sidecut Micarta inlays
Sheath: Fleece lined Cordura pouch
Style: Ceramic IKBS flipper with locking liner
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. His most popular folder of all time is the iconic L51 Flipper. Recently, he introduced the updated and more pocket friendly L51 Compact. The slightly smaller size and light weight (only 4 oz!) makes this a very easy knife to keep close at hand. The blade is perfectly centered and with silky smooth action -- easily opened with one hand using the discreet and ambidextrous flipper toggle. It 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. This is as smooth as a knife gets!
The blade is formed from Carpenter's CTS-XHP stainless steel. This premium US-made steel is an air hardening, high carbon, high chromium, corrosion resistant alloy. This knife will have exceptional edge holding! The blade is hand hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge. By differentially polishing the blade, Andre emphasized his clean grind lines.
The scales are formed from black Micarta. Unique sidecut Micarta bowtie inlays add a nice contrast. 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 and 3D contoured handle feels sturdy and fills out the hand perfectly. It is completed with blue anodized, fileworked titanium liners that elegantly contrast against the scales and titanium backspacer. 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.
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