A6 Interframe Flipper with Macassar Ebony and Carbon Fiber (Collaboration with Tashi Bharucha) - Ceramic IKBS
Product Description for A6 Interframe Flipper with Macassar Ebony and Carbon Fiber (Collaboration with Tashi Bharucha) - Ceramic IKBS
Maker: Van Heerden & Thorburn (collaboration) (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 98721
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): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 4.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 5.4 oz.
Blade: Differentially finished Carpenter CTS-XHP stainless steel, hardened to 59 Hrc
Handle: Carbon fiber inlaid with presentation grade macassar ebony
Sheath: Fleece lined pouch
Style: Folding liner lock with Ceramic IKBS
Description: South African knifemakers André Thorburn and André van Heerden create exceptional folders. When they work together, they create A2 knives. A2 collaborated on this knife with French designer Tashi Bharucha! Tashi's bold, modernistic curves are readily apparent, and combined with A2's acute attention to detail, the results are a precision made piece with artful execution!
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. Thorburn and van Heerden created this special A6 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 made from premium CTS-XHP stainless steel. This US-made steel is a new air hardening, high carbon, high chromium, corrosion resistant alloy. The grinds are satin finished while the flats are mirror polished, showing off the crisp, clean grinds. The blade is hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge.
The scales are formed from carbon fiber, meticulously inlaid with presentation grade macassar ebony. Jimping on the thumb ramp aids grip. The gently rounded handle feels sturdy and fills out the hand perfectly. It is completed with bronze anodized titanium liners. The ultra-light machined titanium pocket clip with ceramic ball is mounted for tip-up, right handed carry.
Exceptional work throughout!
Availability: In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days