L44 Compact Flipper with Damacore, Zirconium, and Copper Camo FatCarbon (Ceramic IKBS)

Product Description for L44 Compact Flipper with Damacore, Zirconium, and Copper Camo FatCarbon (Ceramic IKBS)

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $2,095.00
Item num: 109324
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.40 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.15 in.
Total length: 7.70 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.96 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 4.40 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.2 oz.
Blade: Damacore stainless damascus san mai (DC21R) forged by Damasteel
Bolster: Heat colored zirconium with Damasteel pivot
Handle: Copper camo FatCarbon set on anodized titanium liners
Sheath: Zipper pouch
Style: Folding linerlock flipper with ceramic IKBS bearing pivot
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. This is one of very few knives that Andre has made with a Damacore blade. 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 blade is high performing Damacore stainless damascus san mai (DC21R) forged by Damasteel in Sweden. This exciting steel combines a high performing core of powdered metallurgical RWL34, surrounded by alternating outer layers of stainless damascus (forged from RWL34 and PMC27 martensitic stainless steels). RWL34 has very high strength and toughness combined with extremely edge sharpness. The addition of molybdenum provides higher corrosion resistance compared to standard martensitic stainless steels. The blade is brought to a beautiful high polish.
Handle scales are copper camo FatCarbon. Jimping on the thumb ramp provides a comfortable, secure grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills your hand perfectly. This combination nicely complements heat colored zirconium bolsters. The Damasteel custom pivot is surrounded by custom zirconium pivot collars. The handle is completed with bronze anodized and fileworked titanium liners. Screw hardware is TiAlN coated throughout. The 3D machined titanium pocket clip with ceramic retention ball is mounted for right side, tip-up carry.
Exceptional work throughout from a true master.
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