M25 IKBS Interframe with Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber
Product Description for M25 IKBS Interframe with Lightning Strike Carbon Fiber
Maker: Andre Van Heerden (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 89346
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.60 in.
Total length: 7.80 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.92 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.15 in.
Item weight: 4.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 5.6 oz.
Blade: Panzer 36 stainless steel with a hand rubbed satin finish
Handle: Lightning strike carbon fiber inlaid into a titanium frame
Sheath: Cordura storage pouch
Style: Roll opening liner lock with IKBS
Description: South African knifemaker, Andre Van Heerden, creates an amazing folder -- and at a price that could never be found from an American handmade knife.
The Panzer 36 stainless blade is meticulously hand satin finished in the grinds and mirror polished on the flats. Panzer 36 is a martensitic stainless steel with high hardness, high wear resistance and good corrosion resistance. It is cross rolled in production to cancel out residual stresses from the manufacturing process. It has only recently begun being used by knifemakers and has gained significant acclaim by South African makers, where it has quickly found popularity. Mastersmith Kevin Harvey has been involved in the initial testing of Panzer 36 and describes it as having ' excellent edge holding and toughness.' The blade has been hollow ground for an easy to maintain edge. By hand satin finishing the grinds and mirror polishing the flats, Andre accentuates the unique, crisp grind lines.
The unique opening mechanism, invented by another South African maker, Andre Thorburn, is called a roll opening. This modification on a flipper opening is tremendously easy to use and won't catch when stored in the pocket. The blade is easily opened by running either the thumb or first finger along the textured 'roll' at the back of the blade. The blade is well centered and has silky smooth action, due to the IKBS (Ikoma Koth Bearing System) pivot system. This mechanism, which was originally designed for balisong knives, uses ball bearings to create exceptional action with no blade play. The flipper style opening is a perfect companion to the IKBS ball bearing system.
Very rare lightning strike carbon fiber is inlaid into a titanium frame and set on anodized titanium liners. The combination of these two materials keep this knife light and fast. Lightning strike carbon fiber is among the hardest to find knifemaking materials - the carbon fiber weave is enhanced with fine strands of copper. This material was originally designed for use on fighter jets to redirect electricity. The resulting handle will have excellent durability as a using knife, but will easily feel at home in a collection. A pocket clip mounted for tip up carry keeps the knife close at hand. Excellent fit and finish throughout.
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