Little Bit Front Flipper with Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber and Zirconium (IKBS)
Product Description for Little Bit Front Flipper with Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber and Zirconium (IKBS)
Maker: Johann (JD) van Deventer (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 95437
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 2.50 in.
Total length: 5.90 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.67 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.10 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.09 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.04 in.
Item weight: 2.40 oz.
Shipment weight: 3.4 oz.
Blade: Bohler M390 premium stainless steel
Bolster: Heat colored zirconium
Handle: Lightning strike carbon fiber
Style: IKBS liner lock folder
Description: Johann van Deventer, better known as JD, aims to produce unique knives of the highest degree of craftsmanship. He took up knife making in 2005 and became a member of the Knifemaker’s Guild of Southern Africa by 2007. He works in a one man shop and even builds most of his machines himself! He is clearly a maker to keep an eye on.
This front flipper is a tactical folder with absolutely exceptional action. The blade is well centered and silky smooth -- easily opened with one hand using the discreet and ambidextrous front flipper toggle. 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 smooth action with no blade play.
The blade is formed from premium M390 powdered stainless steel for the extreme edge retention, high strength, and the toughness that a hard-use knife demands. Because of its uniform microstructure and stainless properties, M390 is often used in surgical cutting instruments and other applications that require a high finish. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge and has been satin finished in the grinds while being mirror polished on the flats.
The scales are comprised of lightning strike carbon fiber. This type of carbon fiber was originally designed for use on fighter jets to redirect electricity. Lightning strike carbon fiber is among the hardest to find knifemaking materials. The bolster is textured and heat blued zirconium. Zirconium is a new material to the knifemaking world. It is a transitional metal that is primarily mined in South Africa and Australia. Zirconium is highly resistant to corrosion. The ultra-light titanium pocket clip is mounted for tip-up carry.
Exceptional work throughout!
Availability: In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days