Modified REKAT Sifu
« on: March 14, 2017, 04:55:16 AM »
As far as I know the REKAT Sifu was the first megafolder (5-1/2" blade). I loved the design and bought two of them back when they were new. I got a first edition because I prefer non-black scales. Later I picked up a limited edition that upgraded the original ATS-34 blade to D2 coated with Black T.
Since then I have experimented with a lot of different knives, including most of the megafolders that have been made. Recently I started thinking about the Sifu again. It has what is probably my favorite blade shape of all time: a pronounced recurve with plenty of belly ahead of it and a clip-point out front. The grip is odd, but versatile, comfortable, and absolutely secure. Even the lock is great (although there were some manufacturing problems with that).
I just had two issues with the Sifu. To open it you have to draw it tail-first and then shift your hand position all the way up that long grip to the top so you can get at the thumb stud. And I strongly prefer the D2 blade but the green-scaled frame.
It finally occurred to me that I could swap the blades to solve my second issue. Taking it apart made me nervous, since I had never actually seen the internals of the lock, but it turned out not to be too hard to do.
A second bit of inspiration hit me when I realized that the kydex "wave" people sometimes put on Spydercos by screwing it through the opening hole would work even better on the Sifu. The dual thumb studs are perfect for securing it in place with no screw required. The thing looks like it belongs there and it works perfectly.
So after years of neglect I am once again carrying a Sifu as my EDC.