Originally Posted by edam
All very odd, and the vendor trick is the only trick to work for me!
Out of interesting - what DOES reverse engeneering really do? It all seems a bit pointless and there's a real lack of info in game about...well, anything! >.<
Reverse engineering gives you a chance at an upgraded version of the item you're breaking down. I've taken Atifice so I can make Crystals, Enhancements, Hilts and Force/Shield offhand items. The Hilts, Enhancements and Crystals just seem upgrade to higher versions with greater stat enhancements but the offhand stuff gives you different versions with added effects.
Green - Blue - Purple - You can RE the purples too, to give you different versions