A6 Premium Flipper with Damascus, Silver Strike Carbon Fiber and Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS)

Product Description for A6 Premium Flipper with Damascus, Silver Strike Carbon Fiber and Zirconium (Ceramic IKBS)

Maker: Van Heerden & Thorburn (collaboration) (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 97576
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.60 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.60 in.
Total length: 8.30 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.35 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.09 in.
Item weight: 5.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 7.8 oz.
Blade: Grosse Rosen pattern stainless damascus by Damasteel
Bolster: Zirconium
Handle: Silver strike carbon fiber
Sheath: Zipper pouch
Style: Liner lock with flipper (Ceramic IKBS)
Description: South African knifemakers André Thorburn and André van Heerden create exceptional folders at a tremendously high skill level. When they collaborate together, they make A2 knives.
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. Thorburn and van Heerden created this special A6 flipper 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 blade is formed from stainless damascus. The high contrast Grosse Rosen pattern is revealed in the grinds. The flats are mirror polished, nearly hiding the pattern. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
The scales are formed from rare silver strike carbon fiber. This variation of lightning strike carbon fiber uses silver toned wire rather than copper. Zirconium bolsters are anodized to a deep black tone with iridescent highlights. Zirconium is a transitional metal that is primarily mined in South Africa and Australia. It is highly resistant to corrosion and scuffing. The domed handle provides a comfortable, secure grip. It is completed with blue anodized titanium liners that elegantly contrast against the silver strike carbon fiber scales. The black zirconium pocket clip is mounted for right-handed, tip-up carry.
Exquisite fit and finish throughout!



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