Hi everyone, sorry for posting pics and no commentary on these - work has been taking all my fun time recently. I’m actually carrying this little guy on a business trip this week and it’s been great! The Ti scales really bump the Lil Native into a higher class and I’ve had no complaints so far. Fit and finish is spot on and the action of the knife seems fine, although I did tighten it all down a bit more than usual to ensure no screws came loose while I was away from my Torx drivers.
I also had a Ti PM2 set from Flytanium and sold it off a while back, and these seem equally well made. Thickness-wise, they’re the same as the stock scales SG88
. One thing that I really liked about these was the super ease of installation - I definitely did not have to take the whole knife apart. I simply removed the clip and the barrel bolt holding it in the lanyard tube, but did NOT remove the lanyard tube. I then simply unscrewed the pivot and body screws from one side at a time, installed one scale, and put the screws back in. I then did this to the other side (so in between this, it was half Ti and half G10 for a minute!), replaced the scale and screws and then put the clip back on.
The Ripps clip proved to be a bit more challenging as it didn’t really want to sit down in the clip grooves. It took some effort between actually pushing the two clip slots into the grooves, plus using the clip screw to cinch it completely down. If I were to take the clip screw off, I’m sure it would take some effort to pop the clip back out since it’s really locked in there. Everything works perfectly but that part of the job was not nearly as easy as replacing the scales themselves. If you use the stock wire clip, I don’t imagine there’d be any issues but you’ve got to admit how nice that Ripps clip matches!
I’ve seen a brass one done up on IG and that also looked great. I chose to go with Ti because I really prefer that metal over copper and brass, and I’m sure Sal has a CF S90V one on deck for 2020 (not a bombshell from him, just my hunch) so I didn’t choose the Flytanium CF ones - although they look super nice! Hope that helps answer a few questions! If you’re on the fence, I’d say go for it, you won’t be disappointed! Cheers, Radioactive