I got one in natural canvas drop point, s35vn. Literally only unwrapped for photos when I got it. DOB was in 2017 if I recall correctly. I even have it's small mate too. LMK if you are interested and I'll take new photos or rustle up the old ones.
I didnt even think about it. A good auto (side and OTF) a cut above microtech would be nice. But my uneducated impression is that microtech has that market locked up. I have a couple of them and I do like them, even though I feel the OTFs are a bit...well...."fragile". And I do love the UDTs.
I love my pro soldier, but I wear it as a concealed knife every day. It is just small enough for that, but larger than a neck knife.
If I could open carry a fixed knife at work, it would be a bigger knife, that is for sure.
You really can't go wrong with any of them, and once you carry it for a while I am pretty sure that given time you will get another. If you buy used, it takes a bit of the financial sting out. I have been carrying a zaan as my utility knife for about 6 months. I love how beefy it is, even...
IIRC, the engraving isn't really that expensive.
I am getting ready to price out a custom knife with them with graphic and engraved words; If you have the time please let us know the parameters for design and costs!
I am not sure what actually broke from your description, Is it just the blade? Just send it back. Odds are they will fix 'er like new.
If it is the blade that broke, I read that they keep stock of the old blade stock for just this situation, but that was just something I heard on the board...
Just do it. The resale is pretty good, and the plains and the micarta inlays can be reconditioned to like new for very little. You will lose almost nothing if you buy right. Just pick what you want and wait around the for sale forum. You'll get a good deal eventually.