L19 Flipper with Silver Twill and Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS) - CTS-XHP

Product Description for L19 Flipper with Silver Twill and Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS) - CTS-XHP

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $930.00
Item num: 101343
*** 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): 0.75 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.12 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 3.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 5.2 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished CTS-XHP stainless steel, hardened to 60-61 Hrc
Bolster: Textured and anodized zirconium
Handle: Silver twill
Sheath: Cordura pouch
Style: Ceramic IKBS flipper folding liner lock
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. The blade is perfectly centered and silky smooth -- easily opened with one hand using the discreet and ambidextrous flipper toggle. 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. 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 this is as smooth as a knife gets!
The blade is formed from Carpenter's CTS-XHP stainless steel. This US made steel is a new air hardening, high carbon, high chromium, corrosion resistant alloy. This blade will have exceptional edge holding! The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
Handle scales are formed from polished silver twill. Jimping on the thumb ramp provides a comfortable, secure grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills out the hand perfectly. This combination nicely complements textured and engraved zirconium bolsters. Zirconium is a transitional metal that is primarily mined in South Africa and Australia. It is highly resistant to corrosion and scratching. The handle is completed blue anodized and fileworked titanium liners and a 3D machined titanium pocket clip with ceramic retention ball mounted for right-handed, tip-up carry.
This is a particularly unique Thorburn flipper in that it has a stainless damascus backspacer.
Excellent work throughout!


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