IME the raffir noble is just fine when it comes to scratches. And I think the maple is stabilized wood, which means it's basically plastic; won't warp.
Yes, get a chap. I like both my FRN and RN versions, but the FRN is a bit too thin, so not so good ergonomically as all the other ones.
By disassembling and sliding the spring out of its socket 2-3mm, one can reduce the strength of the back-lock. Now I can thumb flick / reverse flick ten out of ten times. And the thin lock bar is not too hard on my finger either because of this. It was a non-issue for me anyway.
Tasman Salt 2 SE, Caribbean Sheepfoot SE,
SpydieChef, Swayback, Manix2 S110V G10, Gayle Bradley 2,
PM2 DigiCam DLC & Maxamet, Para 3 Maxamet, Sage 5 CF, Chaparral Raffir Noble & FRN,
Native 5 Rex45 G10 & LC200N SE FRN & S35VN SE DLC FRN & Fluted Ti.
Incoming: Military DigiCam, Shaman Z-Wear, Native Chief Rex45.