A strong showing at a different price point
I have many of Brous' designs in my collection, and this is actually one of my favorite. In my experience, if you like Brous, then it's his blades' style, and probably size, that attracts you. If you don't have or have never handled his original Sniper model, then I would recommend this knife for style, with it's hidden blade design and smooth, sleek finish, at a perfectly reasonable price point. If you *ARE* familiar with the liner-lock Sniper, then the differences I noticed immediately were: 1) The weight, 2) The finish, and 3) The contouring. This knife is much heavier than the liner lock, which is perfect for me with my XL hands. It's a smooth finish, as apposed to the slight matte texture, but with any attempt at a grip, it will stay put and not slide around, and it's just flat Stainless Steel for the handle, no bump down the middle to fill up your hand. The lockup is better, the Jimping is better, the action is better, and it just feels like it was built better. My action came smooth out of the box, but in case you don't know, bearings can really gather gunk/lint and may need to be cleaned more often than washer pivots. My original sniper, the aluminum liner lock, will never be worn again after getting this new frame lock model.