Ball Release Front Flipper with Carbon Fiber and Titanium - Nitrobe 77

Product Description for Ball Release Front Flipper with Carbon Fiber and Titanium - Nitrobe 77

Maker: Des Horn (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 102000
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 2.80 in.
Cutting edge length: 2.75 in.
Total length: 6.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.63 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.07 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.05 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.03 in.
Item weight: 2.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 2.4 oz.
Blade: Very rare Nitrobe 77 martensitic stainless, Hrc 62
Bolster: Anodized titanium
Handle: Carbon fiber set on anodized and fileworked titanium liners
Style: Ball release front flipper
Description: Des Horn makes knives that have an intrinsic harmony. This elegant flipper shows Horn's work at its best. Des Horn is one of the fathers of the South African knife industry. His influence can be clearly seen in other South African's work, but also extends into knives made around the world. Whether put to a daily carry folder or an art knife, his attention to detail and skill is legendary. Des had the honor of being named one of the 25 greatest living knifemakers in the world in the Spring of 2021.
The blade on this Ball Release Gent's Front Flipper is Nitrobe 77 martensitic stainless. This powder based alloy represents a revolutionary combination of corrosion resistance and edge strength -- setting it apart from all other knife steels. Nitrogen replaces carbon as the martensite initiator in the hardening process. It is made from Rapid Solidification Powder (RSP) to reduce the sizes and quantities of unfavorable solidification structures. Finally, it undergoes a complicated triple tempering cycle including four cryogenic quenches in liquid nitrogen to give greater strength and a finer edge capability (finer grain structure) than the best high tech steels. The performance of this knife is at a totally different level!
The indent and release balls are silicon nitride (Hrc 93!). Des' craftsmanship means that this locking mechanism works smoothly and comfortably. The front flipper opener is easy to use -- it is designed for easy single handed opening and closing. This version of flipper is generally not flicked open, though it can be done with a bit of practice. The blade is perfectly centered.
Carbon fiber handle scales are set against blue anodized titanium bolsters.
The knife is accompanied by a leather pouch that can be carried in the pocket.
Exceptional fit and finish throughout!

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