Model 450 Ultra-Light Front Flipper with Blue/Silver Carbon Fiber - Nitrobe 77

Product Description for Model 450 Ultra-Light Front Flipper with Blue/Silver Carbon Fiber - Nitrobe 77

Maker: Des Horn (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 105402
Blade length: 2.80 in.
Cutting edge length: 2.75 in.
Total length: 6.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.69 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.08 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.07 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.04 in.
Item weight: 1.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 1.8 oz.
Blade: Very rare Nitrobe 77 martensitic stainless, Hrc 61
Handle: Blue/silver carbon fiber
Sheath: Black leather pocket pouch
Style: Folding front flipper with liner lock
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.
The blade on this Model 450 Ultra-Light 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 blade is centered and has smooth, consistent action. It is easily opened using the front flipper mechanism. With a little bit of practice, this style of flipper can be flicked out using your thumb or index finger. The lock bar is grade V Titanium with a silicon nitride detent ball (Hrc 93!). The gently rounded blue/silver carbon fiber handle feels comfortable in your hand, despite being so inobtrusive.
Excellent fit throughout!
This Model 450 Front Flipper is extremely light (just 1.2 oz!), stainless and completely WATERPROOF!

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