Tactical Front Flipper with Mammoth Molar and Timascus (IKBS)
Product Description for Tactical Front Flipper with Mammoth Molar and Timascus (IKBS)
Maker: John Arnold (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 92582
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 2.70 in.
Total length: 6.90 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.90 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.09 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.08 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.02 in.
Item weight: 2.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 3.2 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished ladder pattern stainless damascus by Mike Norris
Bolster: Heat colored Timascus
Handle: Mammoth molar
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.
John designed this strong, reliable folder for everyday carry, yet it could easily be a cherished knife in any collection. The damascus blade is mirror polished on the flats and reveals the underlying damascus pattern in the grinds. It is wickedly sharp, incorporating a fascinating grind - John has sculpted the swedge in such a way that when viewed point-first, the reverse tanto tip forms an elongated diamond shape. The action is silky smooth, thanks to the IKBS ball bearing system, and it is perfectly centered without the slightest wobble. The IKBS (Ikoma Korth Bearing System) pivot system, which was originally designed to fit balisong knives, uses ball bearings to create smooth action with no blade play. A front flipper assists in the ease of opening. The compact front flipper is easy to use and does not get caught on things while kept in the pocket.
The handle combines woolly mammoth molar with Timascus. The striated mammoth molar is immediately captivating. The bolsters are formed from layers of different grades of titanium forged together into titanium damascus. By heat bluing the bolster, John brought out the exquisite pattern. The angular, domed scales are set on blue anodized titanium liners, jewel polished on the interior. A pierced, blue anodized titanium pocket clip makes it easy to keep the knife close at hand. A very classy folder, for every day carry, or for that special occasion.
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