M44 "Righteous" Interframe Flipper with Carbon Fiber and Maple Burl (Ceramic IKBS)

Product Description for M44 "Righteous" Interframe Flipper with Carbon Fiber and Maple Burl (Ceramic IKBS)

Maker: Andre Van Heerden (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $1,045.00
Item num: 99714
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.50 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.25 in.
Total length: 8.10 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.30 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 4.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 5.6 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished Carpenter CTS-XHP stainless steel, hardened to 60 Hrc
Handle: Carbon fiber inlaid with blue dyed and stabilized maple burl
Sheath: Fleece lined pouch
Style: Folding liner lock with Ceramic IKBS
Description: Andre van Heerden is well known for making impeccable knives. To see collaborative efforts such as this with French designer Tashi Bharucha is quite exciting! Tashi's bold, modernistic curves are readily apparent. Combined with Andre's acute attention to detail, the results are a precision-made piece with artful execution!
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. Van Heerden created this special M44 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.
The blade is made from premium CTS-XHP stainless steel. This US-made steel is a new air hardening, high carbon, high chromium, corrosion resistant alloy. The grinds are satin finished while the flats are mirror polished, showing off the crisp, clean grinds. The broad blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
The scales are formed from carbon fiber, meticulously inlaid with stabilized and dyed maple burl. The combination is particularly dramatic. Jimping on the thumb ramp aids grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills out the hand perfectly. It is completed with bronze anodized titanium liners. The 3D machined zirconium pocket clip is mounted for tip-up, right handed carry.
Exceptional work throughout!


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