Dress Engraved Damascus Tactical Front Flipper with Mammoth Molar (IKBS)
Product Description for Dress Engraved Damascus Tactical Front Flipper with Mammoth Molar (IKBS)
Maker: John Arnold (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 92572
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.50 in.
Total length: 8.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.05 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.04 in.
Item weight: 5.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.6 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished stainless damascus forged by Rob Thomas
Bolster: M315 stainless steel engraved by Julien Marchall
Handle: Stabilized mammoth molar
Sheath: Cordura storage pouch
Style: Folding front flipper with IKBS
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.
This elegant gent's tactical is a knife that is sure to feel at home in nearly any collection. The damascus blade is etched in the grinds (to reveal the damascus pattern) and mirror polished on the 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 stainless damascus blade is easily opened with a simple flick of the wrist or using front 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. By mirror polishing the flats, John emphasizes his clean, crisp grind lines.
Very rare mammoth molar rest on anodized titanium liners, keeping this knife light and fast. The natural striations in the ancient tooth immediately grab attention. Stainless steel bolsters perfectly meet with the molar. They were engraved by Belgium-born artist Julien Marchal, who studied engraving and gun making at Léon Mignon Liège in France.
The angular, sculpted scales are set on bronze anodized titanium liners, jewel polished on the interior. A machined, anodized titanium fiber pocket clip makes it easy to keep the knife close at hand. The stainless steel backbar has been engraved. It extends beyond the scales, providing a convenient lanyard hole.
Excellent work throughout!
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