Subaru Tactical Flipper - Prototype 01

Product Description for Subaru Tactical Flipper - Prototype 01

Maker: Kikuo Matsuda (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 93976
Blade length: 3.80 in.
Total length: 8.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.18 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.16 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.16 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.14 in.
Item weight: 7.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 9.0 oz.
Blade: OU-31 semi-stainless PM steel with a non-reflective disruptive acid finish and a compound grind
Handle: Anodized titanium
Style: Folding frame lock with flipper (ball bearing action)
Description: Kikuo Matsuda has planned to make a folder for quite a while -- but creating a folder that had the same aesthetic appeal as his fixed blades was quite a challenge. The Subaru Tactical Flipper, named for the Pleiades, easily accomplishes this. This knife, which was made in 2015, is the first of five prototypes of the Subaru Tactical Flipper.
Renowned Japanese knifemaker Kiku Matsuda has been grinding blades for over 40 years and is a 5th generation knife grinder. His unique, dramatic grinds are well known throughout the knife industry. Kiku's skill at the grinder has become legendary.
The OU-31 stain resistant tool steel blade will have exceptional edge holding. OU-31 is a Japanese PM (powdered metallurgical) steel with micro fine crystalline structure that embodies many of the best attributes needed for knives. The steel is hardened to 64 Hrc (very hard!) and has more than 3 times the toughness of D2. The blade features Kiku's high performance Hamaguri (convex) grind at the front and a hollow grind toward the handle -- combining a very strong edge with a precision cutting edge. A long false edge on the spine helps keep the knife light and fast.
The blade is easily opened with a flick of the flipper tab. It is well centered and has smooth action due to the ball bearing pivot.
The titanium handle features an inlaid carbidized lock which also stops over-travel. The machined titanium pocket clip is mounted for right handed tip-up carry. The blade, handle, and clip all feature Kikuo's non-reflective disruptive acid finish. Titanium screws and spacers are blue anodized.

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