Front Flipper with Giraffe Bone, Meteorite, and Yu-Shoku San Mai

Product Description for Front Flipper with Giraffe Bone, Meteorite, and Yu-Shoku San Mai

Maker: Hennie du Plessis (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 108111
** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind **
Blade length: 2.90 in.
Cutting edge length: 2.80 in.
Total length: 6.60 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.82 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.04 in.
Item weight: 3.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 11.8 oz.
Blade: Hand ground Yu-Shoku -- V-Toku2 carbon steel set between layers of stainless steel, brass, and copper
Bolster: Gibeon meteorite with a textured titanium external pivot and pivot collar
Handle: Stabilized giraffe bone set on fileworked, anodized titanium
Sheath: Zipper pouch and ostrich leather pocket slip
Style: Liner lock front flipper
Description: South African knifemaker Hennie Du Plessis creates an exceptional folder. The blade is perfectly centered and has silky-smooth action. 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.
The blade is hand ground Yu Shoku san mai. V-Toku2 carbon steel is surrounded by alternating layers of stainless steel, brass and copper. This provides an ultra-high performing edge with rust resistance along the spine and upper portion of the razor. The layered mokume gane is extremely engaging! The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
Handle scales are dyed and stabilized giraffe bone set on anodized titanium liners. The lines are hand fileworked in a vine pattern. Jimping on the thumb rest provides a comfortable, secure grip. Gibeon meteorite bolsters are dovetailed to the scales for a perfect fit. 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 external titanium pivot is textured and is surrounded by a patinaed copper pivot collar. Fileworked and anodized titanium liners surround the patinaed copper backspacer.
Excellent work throughout!

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