L20 Flipper with Blue/Black Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber (Ceramic IKBS) - CTS-XHP

Product Description for L20 Flipper with Blue/Black Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber (Ceramic IKBS) - CTS-XHP

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $875.00
Item num: 98987
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.90 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.70 in.
Total length: 8.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.91 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 5.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 7 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished CTS-XHP stainless steel, hardened to 60-61 Hrc
Bolster: Textured and engraved stainless steel
Handle: Blue/black lightning strike carbon fiber
Sheath: Padded, fleece lined storage 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. Thorburn is a master of the IKBS pivot and the action on this flipper is as smooth as a knife gets!
The blade is formed from Carpenter's CTS-XHP stainless steel. This US-made steel is an air hardening, high carbon, high chromium, corrosion resistant alloy. This knife will have exceptional edge holding! The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge. By differentially polishing the blade, Andre emphasized his clean grind lines.
The scales are formed from blue/black lightning strike carbon fiber. Copper wires move through the woven carbon. Jimping on the thumb ramp aids grip. The flipper doubles as a front guard that keeps the hand from sliding forward onto the blade. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills out the hand perfectly. Stainless steel bolsters are hand engraved and textured by Marietjie Thorburn, ensuring a positive grip. The handle is completed with blue anodized, fileworked titanium liners that elegantly complement the scales. The machined titanium pocket clip is mounted for right-handed, tip-up carry and features a ceramic ball for excellent pocket retention.
Exceptional fit throughout. A stellar everyday carry piece for any occasion!
BladeGallery.com is proud to be the exclusive distributor and recommended repair shop in the United States for André Thorburn's knives!


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