Simba Tactical Interframe Front Flipper with Black and Red Carbon Fiber and MoonGlow II (IKBS)
Product Description for Simba Tactical Interframe Front Flipper with Black and Red Carbon Fiber and MoonGlow II (IKBS)
Maker: John Arnold (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 96909
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.40 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.00 in.
Total length: 8.25 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.05 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.16 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.16 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.08 in.
Item weight: 4.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.2 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished premium M390 powdered metallurgical stainless steel
Handle: Domed carbon fiber with stacked red/black carbon fiber inlays
Sheath: Fleece lined cordura pouch
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 retired architect, 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 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 satin finished in the grinds and polished on the flats. It is wickedly sharp, incorporating a fascinating grind - John has sculpted the swedge in such a way that when viewed point-first, the reverse 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. A front flipper assists in the ease of opening. The compact front flipper is easy to use and does not get caught on things while kept in the pocket.
The handle scales are formed from domed carbon fiber. On each side, he has meticulously inlaid two sections of stacked red/black carbon fiber. The result is subtle, yet absolutely beautiful. The skill shown in his perfect inlays clearly illustrates Arnold's attention to detail. Bronze anodized titanium liners are jewel polished on the interior. An anodized, pierced titanium pocket clip makes it easy to keep the knife close at hand. The black 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.
A very classy folder, for every day carry, or for that special occasion.
Availability: In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days