ive always liked the blade design on the m7 better than the m9 but I don't like the plastic handle parts or the lug latch and sharp edges. I'm thinking of stripping one down and replacing the guard, doing a stack leather handle (Kbar style) and a steel pommel. I think it would make a great fighting knife. Biggest challenges would be finding someone to turn a plain pommel and then phosphating guard and pommel. Any thoughts before I start to devalue this m7?