With the Rike Thor 3, Rike Knife has added another new member to the popular Thor series. Once again, it has a fantastic integral frame: a handle milled from one piece of titanium. But this time, there are additional cut-outs to keep the weight even lower. And a pocket clip that can also be positioned for left-handed users!
The Thor is an excellent demonstration of how well Rike Knife have mastered the art of milling titanium. The frame is very nicely made, and as light as a feather. Because no reinforcements are needed for screw holes (at least: not for the construction), the titanium has been milled remarkably thin. The still-low weight of 145 grams is therefore mainly due to the sizable blade. As we have come to expect from Rike, the pivot is wonderfully designed. The Rike logo is in pride of place on the presentation side, and there is a simple torx screw on the lockside. This side also houses the titanium frame lock and its steel insert. You certainly won't find that on all integral frames! The steel insert prevents wear and tear in the (very) long term. The pivot collar serves as an overtravel stop. This prevents the lock from going too far, so it will stay in great condition for years to come.
The blade has a beautiful tanto shape, but it also has a bulge. It's like a fancy combination of a tanto and a drop point. This combines the practicality of the tanto with the friendlier appearance of a drop point. You could call it a modified tanto. The ball bearings mean it opens really smoothly. The flipper is also effortless: it looks like a push-button opener, without too much resistance.
The pocket clip is 3D milled and has a ceramic ball that prevents any wear to your pocket. What you don't often find on integral frames is that the pocket clip can also be used by left-handed users.