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Columbia River Ikoma Sampa Gentleman's Tactical Folder 3.125" Ti-Nitride Combo Blade, Aluminum Handles - 5335K

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Part Number: CR5335K
Manufacturer: Columbia River (CRKT)
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Description
CR5335K: Ikoma Sampa
Columbia River

An encouraging trait of the international custom knifemaking community is a sense of brotherhood and the willingness to share and encourage other members. As an example, take the friendship of Hawaiian knifemaker Ken Onion and Brazilian knifemaker Flavio Ikoma. Ken has encouraged use of the Ikoma Korth ball bearing pivot system on his CRKT knives, and had also counseled Flavio on the directions his designs might take. Our Sampa, Flavio Ikoma's first folder designed for CRKT, is the fruit of that friendship.

Ken suggested the general parameters of a "gentleman's tactical" folder and Flavio did the rest. In overview, this is a lightweight and stylish locking liner folder with a clean open build and exceptionally fast and fluid flipper opening. The blade is premium AUS 8 stainless steel in a drop point shape with recurve and high hollow grind. The Model 5330 has a high satin finish with a Razor - Sharp cutting edge, while the Model 5335K has a Combined Razor-Sharp and Triple-Point Serrated edge with a black titanium nitride blade coating.

The Sampa frames are cold-forged 6061-T6 aluminum, which is clean-up machined, gray anodized for a titanium look, and then surface finished, revealing a bright surface pattern which aids grip. The strip locking liner is 420J2 stainless steel, precision inset into one frame. Flavio developed the IKBS ball bearing system to be entirely raceless, the bearings running in channels machined into the blade and frame. In this case, we have incorporated a stainless steel race/bushing in the aluminum frames for long life. The IKBS pivot system is durable and requires little maintenance, yielding a folder with great rigidity and no blade play. A spring-loaded ball detent keeps the blade securely closed until needed. Then, a fast press on the flipper yields instant opening and lock-up. A custom removable Teflon-coated stainless clip is standard on both models.

This is clearly a personal knife for the high-achiever who values innovative design and custom-knife quality in a personal accessory. It is also an excellent value.
Specifications
  • Dimensions
    • Open Overall Length: 7.25 inches
    • Closed Length: 4.25 inches
    • Weight: 2.7 ounces
  • Blade
    • Length: 3.125 inches
    • Thickness: 0.115 inches
    • Material: AUS 8
    • Blade-HRC: 58-59
    • Finish: Ti-Nitride
    • Grind: Hollow
    • Style: Drop Point
    • Edge: Combo
  • Handle
    • Material: 6061 Aluminum
  • Lock
    • Type: Locking Liner
  • Carry
    • Carry System: 1 Position Clip
  • Features
    • IKBS: Yes
    • Flipper: Yes
  • Made in China

UPC Code: 794023533507

AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Aluminum Handles
Aluminum Handles
A solid, lightweight material that can be molded, textured or anodized to provide better grip under extreme conditions.
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Jeff
Rockford,IL
May 04, 2012
Pros: Handle Feel, Handle Material, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Smooth as Glass Opening
The new IKBS pivot system is a joy to deploy. Handle finish was top grade...I really thought it was titanium, not aluminum. The blade is not marked as to country of manufacture, but the product code sticker on the CRKT box says Product of Taiwan.
4 out of 5
Bob
Tucson, AZ
Jul 08, 2011
Pros: Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening
Cons: None
Smooth knife - flawed handle
Great blade and movement - opening is slick. But handle flawed with a few irregular sharp edges from the forging. Would have sent it back but was easy enough to file down the edges. Cosmetically OK due to the way the handle is polished after anodizing. They need a little better quality control for the handle but otherwise a great knife. I may get the other model but will wait awhile in hopes they resolve this issue, though I don't know if it was just mine or a common problem.
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