Boudicca Flipper with Twin Pockets Night Fire Rag Micarta - M390

Product Description for Boudicca Flipper with Twin Pockets Night Fire Rag Micarta - M390

Maker: Anton van der Westhuizen (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $900.00
Item num: 103305
*** 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): 1.08 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.10 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.07 in.
Item weight: 4.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.0 oz.
Blade: Cerakote finished Bohler M390 stainless steel, Hrc 62
Handle: 6Al-4V titanium with a black Cerakote finish and Night Fire rag micarta inlays
Sheath: Zipper pouch
Style: Framelock flipper with ceramic IKBS
Description: South African knifemaker Anton van der Westhuizen is from Port Elizabeth. He is an active member of the Knifemakers Guild of Southern Africa. Lately he has been creating high end, elegant folding knives using only the best modern materials available. We were excited when he asked if we could feature some of his work at BladeGallery while we were visiting at the annual Knifemakers' Guild of Southern Africa Show.
The raised clip wharnecliffe point blade is made from Cerakote finished M390 stainless steel, a super-steel created by Bohler in Austria. It takes an incredibly sharp edge and holds onto it due to its high concentration of vanadium and chromium carbides. Its unique powder metallurgical process also promotes a uniform carbide distribution and clean steel properties, making M390 a popular steel used in surgical cutting instruments and in applications requiring a high finish. It offers excellent corrosion resistance due to its high concentration of chromium. The blade is hollow ground for easy maintenance.
The blade is perfectly centered and the action is silky smooth -- 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. Anton created this special knife 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.
The 6Al-4V titanium handle features a blacked out Cerakote finish. A sturdy framelock provides a strong lockup. Night Fire rag Micarta is inlaid into the left scale. The backbar, pivot collar, and pocket clip are all made from Timascus titanium damascus. The pocket clip is mounted for right-side, tip-up carry.

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