Tactical Front Flipper with Mokume Gane, Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber and MoonGlow II (IKBS)
Product Description for Tactical Front Flipper with Mokume Gane, Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber and MoonGlow II (IKBS)
Maker: John Arnold (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 93708
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.25 in.
Total length: 8.25 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.10 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.14 in.
Item weight: 5.40 oz.
Shipment weight: 7.2 oz.
Blade: Bohler M390 stainless steel
Bolster: Mokume gane by Ettore Gianferrari
Handle: Very rare lightning strike carbon fiber
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.
Very rare lightning strike carbon fiber scales rest on anodized titanium liners, keeping this knife light and fast. 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 color and pattern of the carbon fiber complements bolsters formed from mokume forged by Chad Nichols. 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 G10 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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