L36M Flipper with Damascus, Blue/Black Carbon Fiber and Hidden Treasures Engraved Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS)

Product Description for L36M Flipper with Damascus, Blue/Black Carbon Fiber and Hidden Treasures Engraved Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS)

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $1,850.00
Item num: 96940
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.75 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.70 in.
Total length: 8.70 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.10 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 5.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.6 oz.
Blade: Stainless Odin's Eye pattern damascus forged by Damasteel
Bolster: Engraved zirconium
Handle: Blue/black carbon fiber
Sheath: Zipper pouch
Style: Ceramic IKBS Flipper with locking liner
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. The blade is perfectly centered with silky smooth 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. Andre is a master of the IKBS pivot and the action is as smooth as a knife gets!
The clip point blade is Odin's Eye pattern stainless damascus. The captivating, high contrast pattern is revealed in the grinds. The flats are mirror polished, nearly hiding the pattern. The high performing blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
Handle scales are formed from blue/black carbon fiber. Jimping on the thumb ramp provides a comfortable, secure grip. The contoured handle feels sturdy and fills out the hand perfectly. Zirconium bolsters meet perfectly with the scales. Zirconium is a transitional metal that is primarily mined in South Africa and Australia. It is highly resistant to corrosion and scuffing. The bolsters are hand engraved by Julien Marchal. Belgium-born artist Marchal studied engraving and gun making at Léon Mignon Liège in Belgium and now lives in South Africa. The highly detailed floral engraving features animals hidden in the foliage. Hidden Treasures include an owl, a lizard, a dove, and more. The zirconium has a tremendous iridescence that is extremely enticing. Titanium liners sit against red fiber spacers and have been fileworked and differentially anodized with blue flats and purple inside the bevels. The 3D machined titanium pocket clip holds a ceramic retention ball and is mounted for right-handed, tip-up carry.
Exceptional fit and finish throughout!
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