L44 Flipper with Brown Micarta and Zirconium (IKBS) - M390

Product Description for L44 Flipper with Brown Micarta and Zirconium (IKBS) - M390

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 95003
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.80 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.60 in.
Total length: 8.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.12 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.17 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.16 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 6.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.8 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished Bohler M390 stainless steel, hardened to 59 Hrc
Bolster: Differentially anodized and engraved zirconium
Handle: Brown linen micarta
Sheath: Cordura pouch
Style: IKBS Flipper with locking liner
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. The blade of this elegant folder 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. Andre is a master of the IKBS pivot and the action on this flipper is as smooth as a knife gets!
The clip point blade is formed from M390 stainless steel, a super-steel created by Bohler in Austria. M390 takes an incredibly sharp edge and holds on to it due to its high concentration of vanadium and chromium carbides. Its unique powdered metallurgical process also promotes a uniform carbide distribution and clean steel properties, making M390 a popular steel used in surgical cutting instruments and in applications requiring a high finish. It offers excellent corrosion resistance due to its high concentration of chromium. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
The scales are formed from brown linen micarta. Jimping on the thumb ramp provides a comfortable, secure grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills out the hand perfectly.
Zirconium bolsters are hand engraved, textured, and anodized by Marietjie Thorburn, ensuring a positive grip. Zirconium is a transitional metal that is primarily mined in South Africa and Australia. It is highly resistant to corrosion and scuffing. Fileworked titanium liners are anodized blue on the flats and purple on the bevels and surround a G10 backbar. The pierced pocket clip is formed from titanium with a durable Titanium Aluminum Nitride (TiAIN) coating and is mounted for right-handed, tip-up carry.
Excellent work throughout!
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