L51 Flipper with White G10 and Fine White C-Tek Inlays (Ceramic IKBS)

Product Description for L51 Flipper with White G10 and Fine White C-Tek Inlays (Ceramic IKBS)

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $875.00
Item num: 101885
Blade length: 3.80 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.60 in.
Total length: 8.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.10 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 5.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 7.4 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished CTS-XHP stainless steel, hardened to 60-61 Hrc
Handle: White G-10 with fine white C-Tek inlays
Sheath: Zipper pouch
Style: Ceramic IKBS flipper with locking liner
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. The blade is perfectly centered and has silky smooth action -- easily opened with one hand using the 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. Andre is a master of the IKBS pivot and this knife is as smooth as a knife gets!
The blade is formed from Carpenter's premium 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.
Handle scales are formed from white G-10. Each scale is meticulously inlaid with fine white C-Tek. 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. The handle is completed with blue anodized titanium liners that elegantly contrast against the G10 scales. The titanium liners are fileworked. The titanium custom pivot is surrounded by a zirconium pivot collar. The machined titanium pocket clip is mounted for right-handed, tip-up carry and features a ceramic ball for excellent pocket retention.
Excellent work throughout!
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