Check out what Blade Runners Systems just released. The bronze is at BladeHQ and the stonewashed black at Knife Center:
Let me first say congratulations to Mr. G for his continued popularity and success. It's well deserved, and I hope he makes a mint and has fun doing it. After all, it's only 14 or 15 more years until the young Ms. Gavac can become licensed to drive and will want a car, and only 16 or 17 more years until the first payment of college tuition will come due. That might sound like good-natured teasing but it's actually a nearly hysterical, legit warning from someone whose own daughter will start high school next year; I'll be too keyed-up and broke to tease anyone for the next decade or two. Grab the $ and hoard it like a panicked squirrel with OCD, I say. Then wash up, because money is dirty and full of germs, full of germs, dirty, full of germs, germs, microbes and germs...
About the new BRS Thresher: they're calling it the XL, although it's not that much larger than the Drop model. The blade is 3.875" vs, er...3.6", is it? I think that's right. The OAL on the XL is 8.875" vs an even 8", with identical materials where it matters: S35VN blade steel and the high-quality titanium, the 6AL-etc. alloy. Aesthetics are entirely subjective, and obviously the Drop versions are nice because there are multiple versions, but I do esp like that BRS model. So overall, as best as I can without having actually handled the XL, I'd say the two Thresher productions stack up equally: neither has any stand our features to recommend it, or not.
The interesting thing is the price. This new XL model is $189.95 (or 189.99 for the KC model), or basically identically priced to the Drop Thresher, or rather, the basic Standard Thresher models. The other three models are actually all $190+$20, which wouldn't seem amiss if it were for the larger of the two types, but for a smaller version? Even if only marginally smaller, if not the same price, I usually expect smaller = less expensive. Is that $20 for the expertise and experience of We? And if so, is that a good deal to have them as OEM?
Those are all in question form because I'm genuinely not sure what I think about it, so any rational rationales will be appreciated.