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reswright
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Oct 20, 2019
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This is the Rike M3 in 154CM, 6-4 Ti and G-10, and let's just get something out of the way right now: it's absolutely gobsmacking.
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Look at that blade. It isn't a satin mirror or a funhouse mirror finish. That's a mirror finish, full stop.
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Technically the texture is is what I would call a Gibeon mirror: you're looking at a fractal distortional pattern generated by the crystalline structure of the steel. Ever see a polished nickel-iron meteorite slice? Yeah, like that. But you could prolly shave with it, using it as the mirror at the same time. Here's a nicer look at it.
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So it's got a wave opener, first pioneered by Ernest Emerson. I think the patent ran out a bit ago, but in the manner of these things Emerson still has a trademark and can keep it in perpetuity so long as they defend it in court against products that are too similar to the trademark. They'll have a problem beating Rike on this one, though -- they've clearly done something different incorporating a hex wrench motif. Besides, Ernest's doing ok. Dude's got time to hand grind steak knives for his high rollers, so I wouldn't be surprised if they tip their cap and let this one go. The Rike wave opener:
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Does it work? I'm a big fan of Ernest Emerson, so it's with mixed emotion that I tell you this: it works better than the Wave. I figure it'll prolly open a beer bottle in an emergency, too. So: Wave opener, like an Emerson. 154CM like an Emerson. Mixed metal and G-10 frame, also like an Emerson. Numbered - like an Emerson. There's some Emerson love goin' on here. But you know how Emersons kinda all look the same?
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Yeah, this knife doesn't really suffer from that malady. You aren't going to mistake it for an Emerson at any distance. You have multifinish weathering, undeniably cool looking hardware, and even script. Also, and this is no ding on Emerson -- but I haven't handled an Emerson with a flip like this. It's like a vault door, even though the knife itself is very light and it's got an incredible balance in the hand. Seriously, when you start messing around with the pinch grip on this thing you just have to stop and marvel. Drop's had some issues sourcing Rikes in the past, as per reviews and community discussion, but I figured I'd give this a try and see if they'd gotten their center back on the ball. And they have. What a stunner of a knife. If this drop comes back around and you've considered getting, say, an Emmie CQC-7 or similar size of wave opening knife? Two thumbs up from this guy. Glad I took the chance. This is my first full size Rike. It won't be my last. It's master work. Five stars and a bullet.
Oct 20, 2019
Razorsharp63
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Dec 17, 2019
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Hi. I understand this is a real quality knife but the green color listed on Drop looks a lot darker then the one you purchased. Is this true? Thank you, Glen
Dec 17, 2019
reswright
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Dec 17, 2019
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It's a little lighter than it looks in the ad copy, but not as much as that one pic might make it look.
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Dec 17, 2019
Razorsharp63
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Dec 18, 2019
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Thank you for the info
Dec 18, 2019
ArikJohnson
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Dec 22, 2019
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Awesome review, brochacho! This is how all reviews should read... you made me buy one!
Dec 22, 2019
jayonnaise
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Feb 12, 2020
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Excellent review. The finish on the titanium looks nothing like the VERY green stock photos. I don't see any green in your photos of the lock side.
Feb 12, 2020
reswright
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Feb 13, 2020
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Yeah, that’s my primary ding on the knife, and the reason I almost upgraded to a M390 model. I posted about it someplace on Drop... the anodization is nothing like the pics, which had vibrant green anodization showing through - this model came with faint blue anodization visible. If I clean it carefully I can see some greenish bits, but it is still nothing like the pics. Probably why the Drop was $30 less than the price most folks are paying for an M3. if you look at the photos major knife sellers are using for their M3 ads, they’re all different. Either the guy does them in small batches which are all a little different, or each knife is different, or perhaps different retailers are applying filters to their ad copy pictures.
Feb 13, 2020
Omniseed
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Mar 7, 2020
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I think you're completely right that Rike does relatively small individual runs, and that they seem to have a little variation from it in anodization. You should keep your eye out for a ZD-006, it's the S35VN utilitarian version of the Thor3, and while the aesthetic is wild the ergos are actually quite excellent and the milling is fantastic. The action is also incredible, it's got a perfect feel and a unique sound to it. Very enjoyable knife to fiddle with and the main downsides are a pocket clip that needs to be broken in and the blade stock is thick. It cuts beautifully and the profile is good in use though.
Mar 7, 2020
RobcioM
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May 17, 2020
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Thanks for the in depth review – it is much appreciated  - purchased one today 
May 17, 2020
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