A nice touch on the first production was the included instruction card:
Again these as stated by Ken Onion and CRKT are both made in Taiwan -
Because these are frame-locks for grins I took this pic:
Then I remembered which knives these Ripples reminded me of -
Very strong family resemblance.....
Problem with size -
I found the smaller Ripple 2 just a bit too small and the larger Ripple just a bit too big for me - ideally - the ideal (obviously) is in the middle - like the CRKT Ken Onion Eros
- but this is a very minor quibble - I can easily live with either (and YMMV - depending on hand size) - but that seem to pose a bit of a quandary for me for which to carry as my away from home EDC (nice problem to have) - the smaller Ripple 2 looks more subtle and perhaps less intimidating to non-knife people - but in the end I decided on the larger Ripple just because it looks nicer (now to my eyes) and if I sense people might be worried about my knife - I'll not use the Ripple, but my SAK that I've EDC'd for over 18 years......
Disclosure - the first sample of the larger Ripple had play in the closed position only - it was probably due to an over large hole for the ball-bearing detent - so if one shook the knife in the direction of opening only - there would be a slight rattle - otherwise the knife was fine no play when locked open and still smooth - the only other time that I'd notice the play was when first laying my finger on the flipper there might be an initial give - almost like the first stage of a two-stage trigger.
However when I contacted CRKT and explained this - they were very accommodating - and sent me another Ripple without any quibbling
- and the new sample I received was just as nicely finished and did not have any play when closed - I have just put this down to the first production samples.
Need I say any more than the Ripples are my choice(s) for my current EDC?