L50 Flipper with Blue/Black Carbon Fiber and Anodized Titanium (Ceramic IKBS)
Product Description for L50 Flipper with Blue/Black Carbon Fiber and Anodized Titanium (Ceramic IKBS)
Maker: André E. Thorburn (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 94645
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.50 in.
Total length: 8.20 in.
Blade width: 1.10 in.
Blade thickness: 0.15 in.
Item weight: 5.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.4 oz.
Blade: Satin finished Bohler N690 stainless steel, hardened to 59 Hrc
Bolster: Differentially anodized and engraved titanium
Handle: Black/blue carbon fiber
Sheath: Fleece lined cordura pouch
Style: Ceramic IKBS flipper style folding liner lock
Description: South African knifemaker André Thorburn creates an exceptional folder. The blade of this mid-sized folder is perfectly centered and silky smooth -- 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. Thorburn created this flipper 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 drop point blade is formed from N690 stainless steel, a super-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 differentially polishing the blade, Andre has emphasized his clean grind lines.
Like the blade, the handle is constructed for strength and durability. Black/blue carbon fiber scales are nicely domed to fill out the hand. Titanium bolsters are hand engraved, textured, and differentially anodized, providing a steadfast grip that is tremendously beautiful and engaging. A pierced titanium pocket clip is mounted for right handed, tip-up carry. The handle is completed with blue anodized, fileworked titanium liners and red fiber spacers.
Exceptional work throughout!
Availability: In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days