A3 Interframe Flipper with Black G10 and Blue G10 (Double Row IKBS)
Product Description for A3 Interframe Flipper with Black G10 and Blue G10 (Double Row IKBS)
Maker: Van Heerden & Thorburn (collaboration) (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 97203
Blade length: 3.70 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.60 in.
Total length: 8.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.25 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.16 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 5.40 oz.
Shipment weight: 7.2 oz.
Blade: M390 stainless steel, hardened to 59 Hrc
Handle: Black G-10 with blue G-10 inlay
Sheath: Fleece lined Cordura pouch
Style: Liner lock with flipper (IKBS)
Description: South African knifemakers André Thorburn and André van Heerden create exceptional folders. They often collaborate on knives together -- creating their A2 knives.
The blade is perfectly centered with silky smooth action -- easily opened with one hand using the discreet and ambidextrous flipper toggle. It 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. This 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.
The blade is formed from M390 stainless steel. M390 is 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 black G10. Blue G10 is meticulously inlaid into the handle scales. This combination is among the most engaging colors that I have seen the Andres create. Jimping on the thumb ramp aids grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills out the hand perfectly. The handle is completed with anodized titanium liners and a blue G10 backspacer. The ultra-light machined titanium pocket clip is mounted for right-handed, tip-up carry. A ceramic ball bearing makes putting and removing from the pocket very easy.
Exceptional fit throughout.
Availability: In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days