L19 Flipper with Black and Purple G10 (Ceramic IKBS)

Product Description for L19 Flipper with Black and Purple G10 (Ceramic IKBS)

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $725.00
Item num: 98526
Blade length: 3.40 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.25 in.
Total length: 7.80 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.78 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.12 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 2.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 4.2 oz.
Blade: Bohler N690 stainless steel, hardened to 59 Hrc
Handle: Black and purple G10
Sheath: Zipper pouch
Style: Ceramic IKBS flipper style folding liner lock
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. The blade is perfectly centered and has silky-smooth action. 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 IKBS knife was created 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. It is easily opened with the flipper. Andre is a master of IKBS and this folder has action that is as smooth as it gets!
The blade is formed from N690 stainless steel created by Bohler in Austria. It takes an incredibly sharp edge and holds onto it. Increased toughness gives it better resistance to edge chipping. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge. By differentially finishing the blade, Andre has emphasized his clean grind lines.
The scales are formed from black and purple G10 that has been nicely domed and polished. Jimping on the thumb ramp provides a comfortable, secure grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills out the hand perfectly. Fileworked titanium liners are anodized blue on the flats and purple in the bevels. The liners surround a black G-10 backbar. The 3D machined titanium pocket clip with ceramic retention ball is mounted for right-handed, tip-up carry.
Excellent work throughout!
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