A3 Flipper with Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber (Double Row Ceramic IKBS)

Product Description for A3 Flipper with Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber (Double Row Ceramic IKBS)

Maker: Andre Van Heerden (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 109242
** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind **
Blade length: 3.70 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.50 in.
Total length: 8.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.21 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 5.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.0 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished Carpenter CTS-XHP stainless steel, hardened to 60 Hrc
Handle: Lightning strike carbon fiber set on anodized titanium liners
Sheath: Fleece lined padded pouch
Style: Ceramic double row IKBS Flipper with locking liner
Description: South African knifemakers André Thorburn and André Van Heerden create exceptional folders at an amazingly low price. They created the A2 mark for when they collaborate on knives. Their combined skills produce some of the best knives found anywhere.
The blade is perfectly centered with silky smooth action -- easily opened with one hand using the discreet and ambidextrous flipper toggle. The blade uses the IKBS (Ikoma Korth Bearing System) pivot system. This mechanism, which was originally designed to fit balisong knives, uses ball bearings to create exceptional action with no blade play. This A3 Flipper uses two tracks of ball bearings, rather than just one. This produces unparalleled smooth action without play -- even more so than a standard IKBS mechanism. Thorburn and van Heerden created this special A6 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.
The blade is hand ground premium CTS-XHP stainless steel. This US-made steel is a new air hardening, high carbon, high chromium, corrosion resistant alloy. The grinds are satin finished while the flats are polished, showing off the crisp, clean grinds. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
The scales are lighting strike carbon fiber. Copper wires move through the carbon fiber. Jimping on the thumb ramp provides a comfortable, secure grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills your hand perfectly. The custom heat colored zirconium pivot is surrounded by copper pivot collars. The handle is completed with bronze anodized titanium liners that elegantly contrast against the lightning strike carbon fiber scales. The 3D machined, heat colored titanium pocket clip is mounted for tip-up, right handed carry.
Exceptional fit throughout.

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