A3 Wharncliffe Flipper with Carbon Fiber (Double Row Ceramic IKBS)
Product Description for A3 Wharncliffe Flipper with Carbon Fiber (Double Row Ceramic IKBS)
Maker: Van Heerden & Thorburn (collaboration) (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 95453
Blade length: 3.75 in.
Total length: 8.20 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.15 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.02 in.
Item weight: 5.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 7.2 oz.
Blade: M390 stainless steel, hardened to 59 Hrc
Handle: Carbon fiber
Sheath: Fleece lined Cordura pouch
Style: Liner lock with flipper (double row ceramic IKBS)
Description: South African knifemakers André Thorburn and André van Heerden create exceptional folders. When they joined together to collaborate on knives together, they created A2. Each A2 knife is handmade to exceptional specifications.
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. This produces unparalleled smooth action without play -- even more so than a standard IKBS mechanism. This special A3 was created 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 wharncliffe blade is formed from M390 stainless steel, a super-steel created by Bohler in Austria. It takes an incredibly sharp edge and holds on to it due to its high concentration of vanadium and chromium carbides. Its unique powder metallurgical process also promotes a uniform carbide distribution and clean steel properties, making M390 a popular steel used in surgical cutting instruments and in applications requiring a high finish. It offers excellent corrosion resistance due to its high concentration of chromium. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
The scales are formed from 3D carved carbon fiber. Jimping on the thumb ramp aids grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills out the hand perfectly. The handle is completed with blue anodized titanium liners and a silver strike carbon fiber back spacer. The ultra-light titanium pocket clip is mounted for tip-up carry.
A perfect EDC for any situation!
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