L20 Flipper with Damascus and Silver Strike Carbon Fiber (Ceramic IKBS)

Product Description for L20 Flipper with Damascus and Silver Strike Carbon Fiber (Ceramic IKBS)

Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 99746
*** 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): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 4.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.4 oz.
Blade: Stainless damascus forged by Damasteel
Bolster: Engraved and anodized zirconium
Handle: Silver strike carbon fiber
Sheath: Fleece lined cordura pouch
Style: Ceramic IKBS flipper with locking liner
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. The blade is perfectly centered with insane action. The flipper opening is 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. Andre is a master of IKBS and the action on this folder is as smooth as it gets!
The drop point blade is formed from stainless damascus forged by Damasteel. The high contrast pattern is revealed in the grinds. The flats are mirror polished, nearly hiding the pattern. The blade is hollow ground for easy maintenance.
Silver strike carbon fiber scales have been nicely domed and polished. This variation of lightning strike carbon fiber uses aluminum wire (rather than copper) woven through the carbon strands. Jimping on the thumb ramp provides a comfortable, secure grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills out the hand perfectly. The engraved, anodized zirconium bolsters provide a steadfast grip that is also very beautiful. Zirconium is a transitional metal that is primarily mined in South Africa and Australia. It is highly resistant to corrosion and scuffing. Titanium liners have been fileworked and anodized. A black G10 backspacer helps keep the knife light, yet strong. The 3D machined titanium pocket clip uses a ceramic rentension ball for easy, comfortable use. It is mounted for right-handed, tip-up carry.
Exceptional!


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