Mini Simba Tactical Interframe Front Flipper with Marbled Carbon Fiber (IKBS)
Product Description for Mini Simba Tactical Interframe Front Flipper with Marbled Carbon Fiber (IKBS)
Maker: John Arnold (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 97519
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 2.80 in.
Cutting edge length: 2.75 in.
Total length: 6.80 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.90 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.12 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.08 in.
Item weight: 3.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 4.4 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished premium M390 powdered metallurgical stainless steel
Handle: Black Richlite inlaid with marbled carbon fiber inlay
Sheath: Fleece lined 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.
The Simba has long been among John's most popular designs. Now he has developed the Mini-Simba to be a more pocket-friendly version of his original design.
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. 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 carried in the pocket.
Handle scales are formed from domed black Richlite. This extremely durable resin/paper composite is inlaid with marbled carbon fiber. The result is subtle, yet absolutely beautiful. The skill shown in his perfect inlays clearly illustrates Arnold's attention to detail. Blue 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 Mini Simba packs a huge wallop in a compact, easy to carry form.
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