L20 Flipper with Blue/Silver Carbon Fiber and Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS) - Vanax SuperClean

Product Description for L20 Flipper with Blue/Silver Carbon Fiber and Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS) - Vanax SuperClean

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $1,200.00
Item num: 108452
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.95 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.80 in.
Total length: 8.80 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.99 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 15.00 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 12.00 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 4.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 7 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished Vanax Super Clean
Bolster: Heat colored zirconium
Handle: Blue/Silver carbon fiber
Sheath: Zipper pouch
Style: Linerlock 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 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. Andre is a master of the IKBS pivot and the action is as smooth as a knife gets!
The blade is hand ground, exceptionally rare Vanax Super Clean stainless steel made by Uddeholm in Austria. With Vanax, nitrogen replaces carbon as the martensite initiator in the hardening process. It is made from Rapid Solidification Powder (RSP) to reduce the sizes and quantities of unfavorable solidification structures. Nitrogen forms extremely small and hard vanadium nitrides, enabling a great combination of wear resistance, edge retention, and toughness, while maintaining extreme corrosion resistance. The grinds are satin finished while the flats are mirror polished, showing off the crisp, clean grinds. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
Handle scales are blue/silver carbon fiber. Jimping on the thumb ramp provides a comfortable, secure grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills your hand perfectly. Zirconium bolsters are heat colored. Zirconium is a transitional metal that is primarily mined in South Africa and Australia. It is resistant to corrosion and scuffing. The external custom pivot and collars are matching heat colored zirconium. The titanium liners are fileworked and differentially anodized. The 3D machined titanium pocket clip with ceramic retention ball is mounted for right-side, tip-up carry.
Excellent work throughout!
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