HB20 Noko Flipper with Carbon Fiber and Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS) - M390

Product Description for HB20 Noko Flipper with Carbon Fiber and Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS) - M390

Maker: Herucus Blomerus (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $895.00
Item num: 103580
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.25 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.20 in.
Total length: 7.60 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.93 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.04 in.
Item weight: 3.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 5 oz.
Blade: M390 stainless steel with a hand rubbed satin finish
Bolster: Heat colored zirconium
Handle: Carbon fiber set on titanium liners
Sheath: Padded pouch
Style: Linerlock folder with Ceramic IKBS bearing pivot
Description: This HB20 Noko Flipper was made by South African knifemaker Herucus Blomerus. A resident of Pretoria, Herucus (pronounced 'eh-roo-koos') has been a proud member of the South African Knifemakers Guild since 2005. Ricus' folders combine incredibly smooth action with a high level of fit and finish. The HB20 Noko Flipper gets its name from 'porcupine' in Sesothu, one of the 11 official languages of South Africa.
The blade is perfectly centered with silky smooth, drop shut 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 was 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.
The clip point blade is hand ground premium Bohler M390 stainless steel. M390 takes an incredibly sharp edge and holds on to 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 an easy to maintain edge and features a hand rubbed satin finish.
Handle scales are formed from carbon fiber fit to heat colored zirconium bolsters. Zirconium is a transitional metal that is primarily mined in South Africa and Australia. It is resistant to corrosion and scuffing. Anodized titanium liners surround an M390 stainless steel backbar. The titanium pocket clip is mounted for right-side, tip-up carry.
Exellent work throughout!


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