Tactical Front Flipper with Mammoth Ivory (IKBS)

Product Description for Tactical Front Flipper with Mammoth Ivory (IKBS)

Maker: John Arnold (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 93487
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.25 in.
Total length: 8.00 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.05 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.16 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.14 in.
Item weight: 5.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.6 oz.
Blade: Premium Bohler M390 stainless steel with a differential finish
Bolster: Stainless steel engraved by Chris Booysen
Handle: Mammoth ivory
Sheath: Fleece lined cordura pouch
Style: Front flipper liner liner lock with IKBS
Description: This exceptional folder by John Arnold has been in a private collection since it was made by Arnold in the spring of 2015. It has been meticulously card for and by all appearances could have been made yesterday. It is very rare to find knifes by John using mammoth ivory scales and the result is exceptional!
Growing up in a house where everybody had creative hobbies, John has always enjoyed making things with his hands. A part time knifemaker and a retired architect, John Arnold finds both joy and satisfaction in designing and constructing well balanced, well proportioned and beautiful knives. The Knifemakers Guild of Southern Africa recognized John's skill and accepted him as a member in September 2006.
John designed this strong, reliable folder for everyday carry, yet it could easily be a cherished knife in any collection. The blade is formed from premium M390 powdered stainless steel for the extreme edge retention, high strength, and the toughness that a hard-use knife demands. Because of its uniform microstructure and stainless properties, M390 is often used in surgical cutting instruments and other applications that require a high finish. It is wickedly sharp, incorporating a fascinating grind - John has sculpted the swedge in such a way that when viewed point-first, the reverse tanto tip forms an elongated diamond shape. The action is silky smooth, thanks to the IKBS ball bearing system, and it is perfectly centered without the slightest wobble. The IKBS (Ikoma Korth Bearing System) pivot system, which was originally designed to fit balisong knives, uses ball bearings to create smooth action with no blade play. A front flipper assists in the ease of opening. The compact front flipper is easy to use and does not get caught on things while kept in the pocket.
The handle scales combine stainless steel bolsters with presentation grade mammoth ivory. The bark ivory has a nice mix of colors -- combining burnt cream, milk chocolate and very rare green tones -- and shows hints of the natural texture of that outer bark. Angular, domed scales are set on bronze anodized titanium liners, jewel polished on the interior. Both the stainless steel backbar and bolsters are meticulously engraved in a running wheat pattern by Chris Booyson. A pierced, anodized titanium pocket clip makes it easy to keep the knife close at hand. A very classy folder, for every day carry, or for that special occasion.

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