L55 Flipper with Lavaflow FatCarbon and Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS) - Damascus

Product Description for L55 Flipper with Lavaflow FatCarbon and Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS) - Damascus

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $1,530.00
Item num: 106347
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.40 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.25 in.
Total length: 7.80 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.00 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.12 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.10 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 3.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.4 oz.
Blade: Stainless damascus forged by Damasteel (60-61 Hrc)
Bolster: Heat colored zirconium with a heat colored zirconium external pivot and collar
Handle: Lavaflow FatCarbon set on anodized, fileworked titanium liners
Sheath: Padded pouch
Style: Ceramic IKBS Flipper with locking liner
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. This is Andre's new L55 Flipper. It is a slim profiled folder with exceptionall fast, smooth action. The blade is perfectly centered with silky-smooth, drop-shut action. The 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 raised clip point blade is hand ground stainless damascus forged by Damasteel in Sweden. This high performing damascus is created using powder metallurgical steel manufacturing to provide excellent edge retention and unmatched beauty. The 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.
Handle scales are Lavaflow FatCarbon. Jimping on the thumb ramp provides a comfortable, secure grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills your hand perfectly. Heat colored zirconium bolsters meet perfectly to the scales. An external zirconium pivot collar surrounds the zirconium custom pivot. Zirconium is a transitional metal that is primarily mined in South Africa and Australia. It is resistant to corrosion and scuffing. Titanium liners are fileworked and anodized. The 3D machined TiAlN titanium pocket clip with ceramic retention ball is mounted for right-side, tip-up carry.
Exceptional work throughout!
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