Tactical Front Flipper with Box Elder Burl, Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber and MoonGlow II (IKBS)
Product Description for Tactical Front Flipper with Box Elder Burl, Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber and MoonGlow II (IKBS)
Maker: John Arnold (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 93671
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.25 in.
Total length: 8.25 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.10 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.15 in.
Item weight: 4.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 5 oz.
Blade: Bohler M390 stainless steel
Bolster: Very rare lightning strike carbon fiber
Handle: Box elder burl
Sheath: Fleece lined cordura 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.
John designed this strong, reliable folder for everyday carry, yet it could easily be a cherished knife in any collection. The blade is satin finished in the grinds and mirror polished on the flats, showing off his clean, crisp grind lines. The blade is formed from premium M390 powdered stainless steel for the extreme edge retention, high strength, and the toughness that a hard-use knife demands. Because of its uniform microstructure and stainless properties, M390 is often used in surgical cutting instruments and other applications that require a high finish. 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 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.
The handle scales are formed from stabilized box elder burl set against very rare lightning strike carbon fiber bolsters. The scales have a tremendous swirling figure. Copper strands move through the carbon fiber weave. This type of carbon fiber was originally designed for use on fighter jets to redirect electricity. Lightning strike carbon fiber is among the hardest to find knifemaking materials.The angular, sculpted scales are set on bronze anodized titanium liners, jewel polished on the interior. A pierced titanium pocket clip makes it easy to keep the knife close at hand. The elongated 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!
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