L54 Front Flipper with Blue Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber and Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS) - M390

Product Description for L54 Front Flipper with Blue Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber and Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS) - M390

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $1,195.00
Item num: 106346
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.50 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.40 in.
Total length: 7.80 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.93 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.12 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.07 in.
Item weight: 4.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.6 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished premium M390 stainless steel, hardened to 61 Hrc
Bolster: Heat colored zirconium
Handle: Blue lightning strike carbon fiber set on anodized titanium liners
Sheath: Zipper case
Style: Linerlock front flipper with ceramic IKBS bearing pivot
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 knife can be opened using the index finger or thumb. 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 M390 stainless steel. M390 is a super-steel created by Bohler in Austria. It takes an incredibly sharp edge and holds onto it due to a high concentration of vanadium and chromium carbides. Its unique powder metallurgical process also promotes a uniform carbide distribution and clean steel properties, making M390 a popular steel used in surgical cutting instruments and in applications requiring a high finish. It offers excellent corrosion resistance due to its high concentration of chromium. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
Blue lightning strike carbon fiber scales are perfectly fit to heat colored zirconium bolsters. Zirconium is a transitional metal that is primarily mined in South Africa and Australia. It is resistant to corrosion and scuffing. The pivot and collars are made from matching heat colored zirconium. Blue anodized and fileworked liners surround a black G-10 backbar. The TiAlN titanium pocket clip with ceramic retention ball is mounted for right-side, tip-up carry.
Excellent work throughout!
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