Flavio Ikoma's latest folding knife looks like a T-rex on stainless steel steroids. The Fossil™ is one part hard core, one part gorgeous and one part 12,000 pound flesh-eating dinosaur.
The Fossil™ combines the best from designer Flavio Ikoma. With styling cues found on his previous Sampa™ ; and Carajas™ ; models, the Fossil™ ramps up the artistic flair to create a piece that is clearly Ikoma, yet distinctively a new breed of EDC folder.
The pocket knife features an IKBS ball bearing system, combined with an opening flipper for silky smooth blade deployment. The flipper turns into a handsome finger guard when the blade is open. A thumb hole cutout in the blade gives you a second option for opening the knife. The handles of the Fossil™ are stainless steel with a unique hammer finish. The knife locks open solidly with a frame lock. Duo-tone G10 scales add contour and grip to the handle. The pocket clip is tip-up carry only.
The Fossil™ has the beauty of a museum piece combined with the shear muscle of a prehistoric carnivore.
I used to carry an M21-14SFG as my EDC...until I got the 5470 Fossil. This knife is amazing. It looks 10x better in person than it does in pictures. Out of the box it is razor sharp, lock up is like a fixed blade, and that silky smooth IKBS. Its hard to describe without feeling the heavy blade slice through the air, it's not rushed or hurried or flimsy. The action is very solid, very matter of fact, but it deploys so effortlessly. Detent is strong, it will not accidentally open. The steel is...what it is. Its not D2 or S30V but you can actually resharpen it at home and it takes an edge extremely well. The handle is small but because of the design and texturing you can get a very solid grip on this in either standard or reverse grip. Amazing knife,and for the price, it's a no brainer.
2014-03-07 Bailey, NC
Beautiful knife. Looks custom,love the handle. looks a lot like Arizona Iron wood. will have this knife soon.
2014-02-28 Fort Atkinson, WI
I bought this as a gift for a college grad.
Personaly I like the fossil scales. they give a very secure grip. I knife seems to jump openafter very little pressure to open it. Should have ordered two.