A6 Mini Flipper with Marbled Carbon Fiber (Ceramic IKBS)
Product Description for A6 Mini Flipper with Marbled Carbon Fiber (Ceramic IKBS)
Maker: Van Heerden & Thorburn (collaboration) (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 97825
Blade length: 2.80 in.
Cutting edge length: 2.80 in.
Total length: 6.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.06 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 2.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 4.6 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished premium CTS-XHP stainless steel
Handle: Marbled carbon fiber
Sheath: Zipper case
Style: Folding liner lock with Ceramic IKBS
Description: South African knifemakers André Thorburn and André van Heerden create exceptional folders. When they collaborate together, they make A2 knives. This knife is a smaller version of the standard A6, making it a much more carry friendly version! The action on this A6 Mini is as good as it gets.
The blade is perfectly centered and the action is 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 A4 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 Carpenter CTS-XHP stainless steel alloy. This US-made powdered metallurgy steel is a new air hardening, high carbon, high chromium, corrosion resistant alloy. CTS-XHP alloy posses corrosion resistance equivalent to 440C stainless steel and can attain a hardness of up to 64 Hrc. The blade will have truly exceptional edge holding! The grinds are satin finished while the flats are mirror polished, showing off the crisp, clean grinds.
The scales are formed from marbled carbon fiber. Jimping on the thumb ramp aids grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills out the hand perfectly. The handle is completed with blue anodized titanium liners. The ultra-light titanium pocket clip is mounted for tip-up, right-handed carry.
Exceptional work throughout
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