A3 Interframe Flipper with Blue G10 and Silver Strike Carbon Fiber (Double Row IKBS)

Product Description for A3 Interframe Flipper with Blue G10 and Silver Strike Carbon Fiber (Double Row IKBS)

Maker: Van Heerden & Thorburn (collaboration) (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 97209
Blade length: 3.70 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.50 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: 7.4 oz.
Blade: M390 stainless steel, hardened to 59 Hrc
Bolster: Silver strike carbon fiber
Handle: Blue G-10
Sheath: Fleece lined Cordura pouch
Style: Liner lock flipper with double row IKBS
Description: South African knifemakers André Thorburn and André van Heerden create exceptional folders. Their collaborative knives are known as A2.
The blade is perfectly centered with silky smooth action -- 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.
The blade is formed from M390 stainless steel, a super-steel created by Bohler in Austria. M390 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 blue G-10. Silver strike carbon fiber 'bolsters' are inlaid into the handle scales. Aluminum strands move the carbon weave. Jimping on the thumb ramp aids grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills out the hand perfectly. The handle is completed with bronze 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 retention ball makes it particularly easy to use.
Exceptional fit and finish throughout.

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