Large Ball Release Front Flipper with Damasteel and Hippo Tooth

Product Description for Large Ball Release Front Flipper with Damasteel and Hippo Tooth

Maker: Des Horn (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 103817
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.50 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.40 in.
Total length: 8.25 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.80 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.10 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.09 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.03 in.
Item weight: 4.40 oz.
Shipment weight: 5.2 oz.
Blade: Stainless damascus forged by Damasteel, hardened, sub-zero quenched, and double tempered by Des for excellent edge retention
Bolster: Textured and heat colored zirconium
Handle: Hippo tooth set on anodized titanium liners
Sheath: Leather pocket pouch
Style: Front flipper style ball release folder (not automatic)
Description: 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.
This Large Ball Release folder has handle scales formed from hippo tooth enamel from the outer surface of the tooth. The natural texture provides plenty of tactile grip and is pleasing to the eye. The handle scales meet seamlessly with textured and heat colored zirconium bolsters. A custom damascus pivot adds nice contrast. The indent and release balls are silicon nitride (Hrc 93!). Fileworked, anodized liners are formed from Grade V titanium and surround the Damasteel back strap.
The blade is well centered and has silky smooth action. It is easily opened using the front flipper mechanism. This style of flipper is designed for easy single handed opening and closing rather than a modern 'flicking' flipper. The blade is hand ground Swedish Damasteel which has been double tempered and cryogenically treated in liquid nitrogen. This heat treatment technique results in an incredibly long lasting edge, and high resistance to chipping .Des' craftsmanship means that this locking mechanism works smoothly and comfortably.
Exceptional fit and finish throughout.

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