International award winning South African custom knife maker, Des Horn has been designing and making art knives for over 40 years. One of the legendary and unique knives! A custom knife, a real work of art, from the famous South African knifemaker called "Tactical Flipper Full Custom" is one of the most desired knive in any collection!
This knife has the total length 8.07'' (205 mm), on the blade is Damascus Odin Heim steel, blade length 3.43'' (87 mm), bolster made of carving Zirconium, Carbon Fiber lighting strike, carved titanium liners with anodized in the blue color.
The ideal behind a custom knife is the creation of something superior in its design, choice of materials, and the execution of its construction. Des’s choice of dentistry as a profession, gunsmithing as a hobby, and shooting as a sport, fine tuned his attention to detail and the quest for perfection. At a practical level Des co-designed and manufactured the Hawk pistol and as an expert marksman represented South Africa in many disciplines of shooting. A knifemaker carries the responsibility to extract the very best from the materials made available to the customer and to bring them together in a knife which is both an investment and a practical tool. Thirty years of constant development has led Des to fine tune every aspect of his hand made knives, from the precision folder mechanisms, the choice of flawless materials for handles and frames, to the selection of the finest steels for the blades and their correct heat treatment.
Each component is machined, finished and meticulously fitted by hand in a spirit of craftsmanship and aesthetics rarely seen in a mass-production world. Des’s knives are a unique blend of rare and exotic materials, high in investment value, with mechanisms and blades that are at the forefront of the technological envelope.
2014 USN Las Vegas, September 2014, U.S.A.
2012 Best Folding Knife, Helsinki Knife Show, January 2012, Finland
2011 Trofeo Mara Bianda, Locarno, 8 May 2011, Switzerland
2008 Messer des Jahres, Solingen, Germany
2008 Award of excellence, South African Guild Show, Johannesburg, South Africa
2007 Knife Award, USA Guild Show, Orlando, USA
2006 Messer des Jahres, Solingen, Germany
2005 Award of excellence, South African Guild Show, Johannesburg, South Africa
2003 «Miglior Coltella Colp di Fulmine», Mostra Internazionale Coltella D’Arte, Rome, Italy
2002 Espolamo «Premio Miglior Chiudibilw», Lugano, Switzerland
2001 Prix Special du Jury. S.I.C.A.C, Paris, France
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