L55 Flipper with Carbon Fiber (Ceramic IKBS) - M390

Product Description for L55 Flipper with Carbon Fiber (Ceramic IKBS) - M390

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $1,050.00
Item num: 106354
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.40 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.27 in.
Total length: 7.80 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.01 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.07 in.
Item weight: 3.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 6 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished premium M390 stainless steel, hardened to 61 Hrc
Bolster: TiAlN titanium external pivot and collar
Handle: Carbon fiber set on anodized titanium liners
Sheath: Padded pouch
Style: IKBS flipper with liner lock
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. This is Andre's new L55 Flipper. At just 3.2 oz, 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 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, a super-steel created by Bohler in Austria. M390 takes an incredibly sharp edge and holds on to it due to its high concentration of vanadium and chromium carbides. Its unique powdered 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 hand hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
Handle scales are 3D machined carbon fiber. Jimping on the thumb ramp provides a comfortable, secure grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills your palm perfectly. Anodized titanium liners surround a black G-10 backbar. TiAlN titanium pivot collars surround the matching pivot. The TiAlN titanium pocket clip is mounted for right-side, tip-up carry.
Excellent work throughout!


Availability: In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days