L19 Flipper with Carbon Fiber (Ceramic IKBS)

Product Description for L19 Flipper with Carbon Fiber (Ceramic IKBS)

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $785.00
Item num: 98019
Blade length: 3.40 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.30 in.
Total length: 7.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.77 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.12 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 3.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 4.6 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished Bohler N690 stainless steel, hardened to 59 Hrc
Handle: 3D contoured carbon fiber
Sheath: Fleece lined Cordura pouch
Style: Ceramic IKBS Flipper with locking liner
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. This L19 Flipper is a spectacular EDC though it will feel comfortable in nearly any collection. It is among my favorite knives for daily carry.
The blade is perfectly centered with silky smooth action -- easily opened with one hand using the discreet and ambidextrous flipper toggle. It 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. Thorburn created this L19 Flipper 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 this folder has among the best action you will ever find.
The drop point N690 stainless steel blade is differentially finished to emphasize his clean grind lines. N690 is created by Bohler in Austria. It takes an incredibly sharp edge and holds on to it. The increased toughness gives it better resistance to edge chipping. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
Handle scales are shaped from carbon fiber and fill the hand perfectly. The flipper doubles as a front guard that keeps you from sliding forward onto the blade. The handle is completed with light blue anodized titanium liners that elegantly complement the carbon fiber scales. A 3D machined titanium pocket clip holds a ceramic retention ball and is mounted for right-handed, tip-up carry.
Exceptional work throughout!
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