L48 Flipper - Royal Stallion (IKBS)

Product Description for L48 Flipper - Royal Stallion (IKBS)

Maker: Garri Dadyan (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 98841
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.30 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.25 in.
Total length: 7.80 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.95 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.12 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.07 in.
Item weight: 9.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 10.8 oz.
Blade: Bohler N690 stainless steel, hardened to 59 Hrc
Handle: Sterling silver with 4 faceted diamonds, 5 rubies, 7 garnets, 1 opal, 1 tourmaline, 1 topaz and 1 citrine
Sheath: Zipper pouch
Style: IKBS flipper style folding liner lock
Description: This spectacular folder is a collaboration between South African knifemaker André Thorburn and Garri Dadyan, National Artist of the Soviet Union. The combination of their diverse skills results in one of the most dramatic and elegant knives ever made.
Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. The action on his knives is silky smooth -- easily opened with one hand using the ambidextrous flipper toggle. Andre's mechanism and action is among the best to be found anywhere. 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.
The handle scales were created by Garri Dadyan. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Garri was named a National Master Artist of the Soviet Union in 1985 for his unparalleled mastery of repousse metal work. In 1993 he became a member of the UNESCO International Federation of Artists in recognition of his superior artistry. A master metal worker, Mr. Dadyan employs the techniques of chasing, repousse, filigree and granulation, wax casting, engraving and niello with equal virtuosity. Working in solid sterling silver with precious gems, Garri brings old world mastery to the new world that no other knifemaker can emulate. Garri is able to create a highly sculpted handled that none-the-less is tremendously comfortable to hold and use.
The drop point blade is formed from N690 stainless steel created by Bohler in Austria. It takes an incredibly sharp edge and holds on to it. Increased toughness gives it better resistance to edge chipping. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge. By satin finishing the grinds and mirror polishing the flats, Andre has emphasized his clean, unique grind lines. Jimping on the thumb ramp ensures a secure purchase. The flipper allows for a very smooth and fast blade deployment.
The meticulously carved scales are formed from 190 grams of .925 Sterling silver. The three dimensional scales depict a stallion and scrollwork on one side and a saddle with scrollwork on the reverse. Natural gemstones are hand set into the ends of the scrollwork as though they are flowers sprouting from twisted stems. A carved horse shoe on the spine completes the theme.
Faceted natural gems used throughout include:
4 - 2.5mm round brilliant cut champagne diamonds
3 - 3mm round brilliant cut sapphires
1 - 4.2mm round brilliant cut ruby
2 - 2.5mm round brilliant cut rubies
2 - 2mm round brilliant cut rubies
3 - round cut 4mm garnets
4 - round cut 2mm garnets
1 - round cut 4.08mm fire opal
1 - round cut 4.8mm tourmaline
1 - round cut 5mm blue topaz
1 - round cut 9mm yellow citrine
The sterling silver backbar is surrounded by fileworked and differentially anodized titanium liners. At the top of the backbar is Garri Dadyan's mark. The backbar culminates in a flower inlaid with a large 9mm faceted citrine.
Exceptional fit and finish throughout -- combining the efforts of two exemplary masters! Easily one of the most impressive and dramatic pieces ever to be shown on BladeGallery.

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