L53 Flipper with Unique Micarta (Ceramic IKBS) - CTS-XHP

Product Description for L53 Flipper with Unique Micarta (Ceramic IKBS) - CTS-XHP

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $1,000.00
Item num: 105607
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.50 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.40 in.
Total length: 8.10 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.02 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 3.40 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.6 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished CTS-XHP stainless steel, hardened to 61 Hrc
Handle: Black G-10 with unique sidecut Micarta inlays
Sheath: Cordura pouch
Style: Ceramic IKBS flipper with locking liner
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. The blade is perfectly centered, with silky smooth 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 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 IKBS and this is as smooth as it knife gets!
The blade is hand ground Carpenter CTS-XHP stainless steel. This premium US-made steel is an air hardening, high carbon, high chromium, corrosion resistant alloy. This knife will have exceptional edge holding! The blade is hand hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge. By differentially polishing the blade, Andre emphasized his clean grind lines.
Handle scales are black G-10 with unique sidecut Micarta inlays for contrast. The custom pivot is TiAlN titanium. Jimping on the thumb ramp aids grip. The flipper doubles as a front guard that keeps your hand from sliding forward onto the blade. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills your hand perfectly. It is completed with anodized titanium liners. The 3D machined TiAlN titanium pocket clip is mounted for right-side, tip-up carry and features a ceramic ball for excellent pocket retention.
Exceptional fit throughout.
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