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.
Look at that blade. It isn't a satin mirror or a funhouse mirror finish. That's a mirror finish, full stop.
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.
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:
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?
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.