I picked up a Bruiser recently.
It’s a damned good flipper. I’ve had it in my pocket on a few different days and feel like I can speak to why I think it is good ( I’ve known it was good since I first opened it, but would have struggled to tell you exactly why. Just felt good in the hand.)
one reason: build quality is strong. Everything fits, nothing rubs or wobbles, edges are flush, blade locks up nicely. But these days that’s increasingly common.
Another, less common reason: it is not small, but it is light. I’ve been playing with a lot of Chinese knives recently, and many of the pocket folders feature a very thick blade. Good for ruggedness, but heavy in the pocket, and bad for slicing or any delicate cutting. This blade is better proportioned, thick enough for what I want in a pocket knife, but not heavy or clunky. Likewise to the frame and scales.
The real strength is in purposeful design. In a world of CAD and CNC, design elements are easy to come by, and some makers really load their knives up with design elements. Can seem a little busy. But when you study the Bruiser you see design elements that all seem to have purpose, like the subtle work on the flipper.
If this were a review it’d be five stars. Looking at maybe picking up a Talisman or going for a Shuriken next.
That Envy, though......... `