Engraved Boudicca Full Dress Front Flipper with Damasteel, Timascus, and Meteorite (Ceramic IKBS)

Product Description for Engraved Boudicca Full Dress Front Flipper with Damasteel, Timascus, and Meteorite (Ceramic IKBS)

Maker: Anton van der Westhuizen (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $4,950.00
Item num: 106079
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.70 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.70 in.
Total length: 8.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.16 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.08 in.
Item weight: 6.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 8 oz.
Blade: Thor pattern damascus forged by Damasteel, hardened to 61Hrc
Handle: Engraved titanium front scale with 24k gold and Gibeon meteorite inlay
Sheath: Zipper pouch
Style: Framelock flipper with ceramic IKBS
Description: South African knifemaker Anton van der Westhuizen is from Port Elizabeth. He is an active member of the Knifemakers Guild of Southern Africa. He creates high end, elegant folding knives using only the best modern materials available.
The hand ground blade is Thor pattern stainless damascus forged by Damasteel in Sweden. This high performing stainless damascus steel is created using powder metallurgical manufacturing to provide excellent edge retention and unmatched beauty. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge. It is perfectly centered. Ceramic bearings ensure it has silky-smooth, drop shut action. The textured front flipper is tremendously easy to use.
The front scale is 6Al4V titanium that has been meticulously engraved and inlaid with 24k gold by Julian Marchal. Julien studied engraving and gun making at Léon Mignon Liège in Belgium and now lives in South Africa. A large central section is inlaid with Gibeon meteorite.
The Gibeon meteorite landed in Great Namaqualand, Namibia, Africa. It radio carbon dates to over 4 billion years ago. Gibeon fragments are spread over one of the largest strewn fields in the world, measuring 70 miles wide by 230 miles long and have a distinctive pattern known as the Widmanstatten pattern, which is one of the richest and most distinct patterns found in meteorites. The crystalline patterns can only form in the vacuum of space. The large metallic crystals require millions of years of cooling to form from a molten planetary core fragment. It has been estimated that it took about 1000 years for these molten pieces of planetary core to cool by just 1 degree Celsius!
The back scale is Black Timascus (titanium/zirconium damascus). The pivot ring, pocket clip, and backspacer are heat colored zirconium. The pocket clip is mounted for right-side, tip-up carry. The sturdy framelock provides strong lockup.
Excellent work throughout!

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