Premium A3 Flipper with Damascus, Silver Strike and Zirconium (IKBS with Dual Row Ceramic Bearings)
Product Description for Premium A3 Flipper with Damascus, Silver Strike and Zirconium (IKBS with Dual Row Ceramic Bearings)
Maker: Van Heerden & Thorburn (collaboration) (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 93573
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.75 in.
Total length: 8.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.20 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.12 in.
Item weight: 6.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 7.4 oz.
Blade: Damasteel stainless damascus
Handle: Very rare silver strike carbon fiber
Sheath: Fleece lined Cordura pouch
Style: Liner lock with flipper (IKBS with dual row ceramic bearings)
Description: South African knifemakers André Thorburn and André van Heerden create exceptional folders at an amazingly low price. They recently decided to collaborate on knives together -- creating their A2 knives.
The blade is perfectly centered and silky smooth -- easily opened with one hand using the discreet and ambidextrous 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 exceptional action with no blade play. The A3 uses two tracks of ball bearings, rather than just one. While increasing the cost due to the extra bearings, it produces unparalleled smooth action without play -- even more so than a standard IKBS mechanism. Thorburn and van Heerden created this special A3 with ceramic ball bearings. Generally IKBS bearings are made either from tool steel or from stainless steel. Stainless steel can wear away, resulting in uneven action over time. Tool steel bearings can oxidize making the action rough. Ceramic bearings are the best of all worlds -- extremely hard and wear resistant, they are also inert and will not oxidize.
The clip point blade is formed from stainless damascus. The high contrast pattern is revealed in the grinds. The flats are mirror polished, nearly hiding the pattern. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
The scales are formed from rare silver strike carbon fiber. This variation of lightning strike carbon fiber uses silver toned wire rather than copper. The domed scales as well as jimping on the thumb ramp provide a comfortable, secure grip. The handle is completed with blue anodized titanium liners that elegantly contrast against the silver strike carbon fiber scales. The light titanium pocket clip is mounted for tip-up carry.
Exceptional fit throughout.
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