This was a 2-part post in my personal thread here on the ESEE forum. The first part covers me changing out some scales on 3 of the 5 Southern Grind Bad Monkeys I own. The second part is the real review done after that exercise and WHY I have a love/hate relationship with what I consider an almost perfect folder but there are a couple of flaws that I now think can be corrected making these near perfect knives. PART 1 Southern Grind Bad Monkeys Love these knives overall with some exceptions I'll cover in Part 2 but there were things about 2 of the 5 I own I didn't care for so I spent some time swapping out scales today. The Orange and OD green models were not changed. I started the day with 5 Bad Monkeys, ended it with 4 complete ones. I had an early Tanto version black blade BM with Emerson Wave feature and black carbon fiber scales that I've posted in EDC posts before that was rarely carried as I hated those scales, they are just not comfortable, so I moved my coyote scales that I love from a drop point satin blade BM to that black Tanto with Emerson Wave, now I love absolutely this knife. Think it now looks just totally bad! The blue scales were on a regular black non Emerson wave Tanto with serrated edges and an advertising logo on the back, this was a super limited rare edition done for some company. This knife has only been in maybe one EDC post before. I loved the blue scales but really hated the serrated blade and the advertising logo so it was getting little to no carry time. The blue scales quite frankly did not look good with the black blade either. I moved the blue scales to the satin drop point knife that had the coyote scales and now I have another completed knife I'm absolutely loving and think it is now just a gorgeous knife, maybe the prettiest I own. I also checked the blue scales to see if they were cerakoted as the last owner thought they might be, they are not, they are real deal blue Southern Grind Bad Monkey G10 scales I've never seen on another Bad Monkey. So I may have dropped from 5 to 4, but I now have 4 I love instead of 3 so I'm better off and still have all the parts to put the 5th one back together but that's another story that will come in a post later this evening. PART 2 Southern Grind Bad Monkeys (continued) Again, I love Southern Grind Bad Monkey knives, I've owned 3 of mine for several years now. They are huge with a 4" blade that comes razor sharp and maintains that edge as good or better than anything else I own. They ride great, near perfect in the pocket for a large knife with G10 scales on both sides that slide in and out of your pocket easily. Perfect balance and feel in your hand. Love the short pocket clip, best out there in my opinion. They come perfectly centered and the quality is awesome, almost a perfect knife in my opinion particularly if you don't take your knives apart regularly. So wait for it.............the "but" part. The "but" part is their proprietary hardware (screws)!!!!!!! They corrected the first issue early on in that the pivot screw took a proprietary tool to take it apart. Soon after they started making them, they added a torx slot to the back pivot as seen in this photo so that part they corrected. The original tool for this was horrible, I've broken 2 of them now and they aren't cheap. Imagine that pivot screw below with no torx and trying to crank it off with something that hits the 4 edge slots, original design was horrible, the tools will break, and you will screw your scales up if not careful. The frame screws are even worse, they require a tool that basically has 2 pins on the end of it that slide into pin slots in the screws. Horrible horrible horrible design!!!!!! Do they look cool, well sure they do. Do they absolutely suck, YES. I've now broken four of these tools and need to order a few more at $12.00 a pop which sucks even further!!!!!!! I figured out today you can use the torx screws they use to hold on the pocket clip in their place so in the photo below you can see 2 of those 3 pocket clip screws from the fifth SG BM I didn't put back together. The tool again broke as I had 3 screws left to go on the coyote Tanto in the post above to get it together, I was furious. Again you can see 2 of the pocket clip torx screws I used below and one of the old SG frame screws. Why they didn't just use Torx everywhere I have no clue as these are a perfect fit. Southern Grind really needs to wake up and start using hardware most people have tools to work on not this proprietary JUNK, yes I said it JUNK. That's what the frustration of tools that break easily will do to you!!!!!! OK, I love these knives, well maybe love/hate, so what to do. Well I plan to find Torx screws to replace all the frame proprietary screws on all these knives. I think with that done, these will be near perfect large folders. Anyone know where I can buy those screws in both black and stainless now????????