L28 Front Flipper with Damascus, Blue/Silver Carbon Fiber, and Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS)

Product Description for L28 Front Flipper with Damascus, Blue/Silver Carbon Fiber, and Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS)

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 105602
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.40 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.20 in.
Total length: 7.60 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.88 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.10 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.08 in.
Item weight: 3.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.6 oz.
Blade: Stainless damascus forged by Damasteel in Sweden
Bolster: Polished heat colored zirconium
Handle: Blue/silver carbon fiber set on anodized titanium liners
Sheath: Padded pouch
Style: Ceramic IKBS front flipper style folding liner lock
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. The blade is perfectly centered with silky-smooth, drop-shut action. The front flipper opening is tremendously easy to use for quick deployment. 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. Thorburn is a master of the IKBS pivot and the action on this flipper is as smooth as a knife gets!
The blade is hand ground stainless damascus forged by Damasteel. This high performing stainless damascus is created using powder metallurgical steel manufacturing to provide excellent edge retention and unmatched beauty. The high contrast pattern is revealed in the grinds. The flats are mirror polished, nearly hiding the pattern. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
Blue/silver carbon fiber handle scales are nicely domed and polished. Red fiber spacers add a nice contrast. Jimping on the thumb ramp provides a comfortable, secure grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills your hand perfectly. Zirconium bolsters are meticulously textured and heat colored. The custom zirconium pivot is surrounded by a zirconium pivot colar. The handle is completed with anodized and fileworked titanium liners. The 3D machined titanium pocket clip with ceramic retention ball is mounted for right-side, tip-up carry.
Exceptional work throughout!
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