Tactical Flipper with Cross-Cut Mammoth Ivory, Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber and MoonGlow II (IKBS)
Product Description for Tactical Flipper with Cross-Cut Mammoth Ivory, Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber and MoonGlow II (IKBS)
Maker: John Arnold (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 91472
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.50 in.
Total length: 8.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.10 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.13 in.
Item weight: 4.56 oz.
Shipment weight: 5.12 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished stainless damascus by Damasteel
Bolster: Very rare lightning strike carbon fiber
Handle: Cross-cut mammoth ivory
Style: IKBS liner lock folder
Description: Growing up in a house where everybody had creative hobbies, John has always enjoyed making things with his hands. A part time knifemaker and architect by profession, John Arnold finds both joy and satisfaction in designing and constructing well balanced, well proportioned and beautiful knives. The Knifemakers Guild of South Africa recognized John's skill and accepted him as a member in September 2006.
John designed this strong, reliable folder for everyday carry, yet it could easily be a cherished knife in any collection. The stainless damascus blade is immediately captivating. The convoluted Odin's Eye pattern damascus is shown in the grinds, but disappears into mirror polished flats, showing off his clean, crisp grind lines. The blade is wickedly sharp, incorporating a fascinating grind - John has sculpted the swedge in such a way that when viewed point-first, the modified tanto tip forms an elongated diamond shape.
The blade is easily opened with a simple flick of the wrist or using flipper mechanism. The blade is well centered and has silky smooth action, due to 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 scales are formed from cross-cut mammoth ivory. The stabilized ivory shows the natural rings inherent to the ivory and is nicely offset by very rare lightning strike carbon fiber bolsters. Copper strands move through the carbon fiber weave. This type of carbon fiber was originally designed for use on fighter jets to redirect electricity. The combination of high tech lightning strike carbon fiber with ancient mammoth ivory makes an enticing combination.The angular, sculpted scales are set on bronze anodized titanium liners, jewel polished on the interior. A sculpted anodized titanium pocket clip makes it easy to keep the knife close at hand. The elongated lightning strike carbon fiber backbar is inlaid with MoonGlow II (luminescent polyester). This inlay glows in the dark, making the knife easy to find even under dark conditions.
Excellent work throughout! John is clearly an up-and-coming maker to watch!
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