Tactical Front Flipper with Textured Black G10 (IKBS)
Product Description for Tactical Front Flipper with Textured Black G10 (IKBS)
Maker: John Arnold (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 92593
Blade length: 3.00 in.
Total length: 6.90 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.90 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.09 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.06 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.03 in.
Item weight: 3.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 3.6 oz.
Blade: Satin finished Panzer 36 stainless steel
Handle: Textured black G10
Style: 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. It is a hard use knife that you'll want by your side. The satin finished 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 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. An inobtrusive front flipper assists in the ease of opening.
The Panzer 36 stainless blade is meticulously hand satin finished in the grinds and mirror polished on the flats. Panzer 36 is a martensitic stainless steel with high hardness, high wear resistance and good corrosion resistance. It is cross rolled in production to cancel out residual stresses from the manufacturing process. It has only recently begun being used by knifemakers and has gained significant acclaim by South African makers, where it has quickly found popularity. Mastersmith Kevin Harvey has been involved in the initial testing of Panzer 36 and describes it as having ' excellent edge holding and toughness.'
The handle scales are formed from textured black G10, ensuring a secure grip. Blue anodized titanium liners are jewel polished on the interior. A machined titanium pocket clip is mounted for tip-up carry.
Excellent fit and finish throughout. John is definitely an up and coming maker to watch!
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