So is it time to retire #4 and buy a new one?
#4 is now a collectors item, so you need a replacement -- and one of the new style M9's!
Trying to narrow down order options, do the new removable scale M18s accept Becker pattern scales?.... could I put any Becker full size aftermarket scales on it? or are they strictly a custom size now?
I REALLY want one with those gorgeous stripped maple handles, but my biggest fear is on a hard use knife, I damage one and it becomes a production to get the knife usable again, the removable scales seem the perfect answer for this IF they can be readily sourced, however if they are a true full custom size, they'll be no easier to replace than a pinned maple handle in the one in a million event of catastrophic damage to a scale.
ya kinda follow my line of thinking?..... I guess ultimately, the perfect combo would be removable scales made of the curly maple....especially if you could drop back to some TKC G10 or Becker Micarta if forced into it.....