L28M Front Flipper Zirconium, Black Timascus and Feather Damascus (Ceramic IKBS)

Product Description for L28M Front Flipper Zirconium, Black Timascus and Feather Damascus (Ceramic IKBS)

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 105197
** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind **
Blade length: 3.60 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.20 in.
Total length: 7.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.06 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.88 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.10 in.
Item weight: 4.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.0 oz.
Blade: Mirror polished Zladinox feather pattern stainless damascus
Handle: Heat colored zirconium with Black Timascus bowtie inlays
Sheath: Stingray zipper pouch
Style: Ceramic IKBS front flipper with locking liner
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder -- and this is among his most dramatic knives to date. The blade is perfectly centered with silky-smooth, drop shut action. The front flipper opening is tremendously easy to use for quick deployment. The knife can be opened using the index finger or thumb. When combined with the IKBS ball bearing system, the action is exceptional! The Ikoma Korth Bearing System (IKBS) was originally designed to fit balisong knives and 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 the action is as smooth as a knife gets!
The clip point blade is hand ground and polished feather pattern damascus forged from stainless steels by Zladinox in Russia. The exceptional pattern is revealed in the grinds while the flats are polished, nearly hiding the pattern. The blade is hollow ground for easy maintenance.
Handle scales are heat colored zirconium. Zirconium is a transitional metal that is primarily mined in South Africa and Australia. It is highly resistant to corrosion and scuffing. Black Timascus bowtie inlays combine zirconium and titanium in a brilliant damascene pattern. The custom pivot is heat colored zirconium to match the scales. Side inlays are set with 18k gold pins. The central inlays are set with TiAlN coated torx screws. Jimping on the thumb ramp provides a comfortable, secure grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills your hand perfectly. Titanium liners are hand fileworked in a vine pattern and anodized blue. The 3D machined Black Timascus pocket clip nicely matches the shape of the bowtie inlay. It is mounted for right-side, tip-up carry.
Spectacular work throughout!
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