L44M Flipper with Gold Camo FatCarbon and Zircuti - Stainless Yu-Shoku (Ceramic IKBS)

Product Description for L44M Flipper with Gold Camo FatCarbon and Zircuti - Stainless Yu-Shoku (Ceramic IKBS)

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 110075
** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind **
Blade length: 3.80 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.60 in.
Total length: 8.80 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.08 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.16 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.04 in.
Item weight: 6.40 oz.
Shipment weight: 8.2 oz.
Blade: Stainless Yu-Shoku combining mokume cladding with a premium VG-10W stainless steel core
Bolster: Heat colored ZircuTi with a Timascus pivot and collar
Handle: Gold Camo FatCarbon set on anodized titanium liners
Sheath: Zipper pouch
Style: Linerlock flipper 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. 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 Stainless Yu-Shoku san mai made by Takefu Special Steel in Japan. This premium san mai features undulating, brightly colored brass, copper and stainless steel sides surrounding a VG-10W core. VG-10W achieves excellent wear resistance and chip resistance at 60-61 Hrc. The effect created by the mokume gane sides is extremely captivating! The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
Handle scales are Gold Camo FatCarbon. Jimping on the thumb ramp provides a comfortable, secure grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills your hand perfectly. Bolsters are ZircuTi titanium/zirconium damascus that nicely complements the scales. The custom Timascus pivot is surrounded by a zirconium pivot collar. Titanium liners are fileworked and anodized. The 3D machined titanium pocket clip is mounted for right-hand, tip-up carry and features a ceramic ball for excellent pocket retention.
Exceptional work throughout from a true master! This is one of the most dramatic Thorburn knives made to date.
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