So here are the mods I performed on my Chief
-installed a Ti Lynch clip in the tip up lefty position. I find the Lynch clips can be more comfortable than the MXG ones, depending on the size of the knife, due to the tab at the bottom of the clip being bent down, rather than curving upwards. I usually give a light sanding to the edges of the clip with 1500-2000 grit sandpaper.
- rounded over the edges and corners of the G10 handles using a sandpaper progression, first by hand, then with the sandpaper on a firm mousepad and pressing the handle edges into the sandpaper. They’re nicely radiused now, and much more comfortable in hand. Although, as Vivi noted, the handle screws are quite close to the edges, so I couldn’t contour them quite as much as I would like.
- I took some strips of sandpaper and slipped them under the pocket clip, with the abrasive side facing the scales, and pulled them under the pinch point, and repeated this a few times, and repeated with finer grits.
I find this is the best way to just hit the exact point you need to to allow the knife to slip into and out of the pocket a bit easier, without chewing up the pocket hems and filing through the threads.
- I sharpened up the blade edge with an Atoma diamond stone progression (140, 400, 600, 1200) to 10dps. Then applied a 15 dps microbevel with the Sharpmaker brown rods for quick and easy resharpening. I stropped the edge lightly with 2.5, then 1 μm diamond paste on leather.
- I also sanded the sharp edges of the lockbar slightly.
I was very happy with this knife when I got it, although it’s better suited for my purposes now.