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No Bionic XL love?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by arskrg, May 12, 2016.

  1. arskrg

    arskrg Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2011
    I got one in the mail a couple days ago and am pretty impressed.
    The bionic never appealed to me, I always thought it had a weird Xenomorph kind of look to it.
    But I just saw an XL for sale at a price I couldn't pass up, and the color scheme looked great to me, as well.
    It's nice and light, and sharp as heck.
    The detent is perfect IMHO, flips almost effortlessly.
    I haven't had much opportunity to cut with it yet, but the comfortable handle and semi-wharncliffe blade seem like they'll be more than capable when the time comes.

    The thing is, I've searched and can't find any other thoughts on this knife.
    (My apologies to the handful of members who are always waiting to pounce with a "Use the search function" any time a new thread pops up. I'm sure you'll get somebody at some point today.)

    Does anyone else own and dig this knife?

  2. arskrg

    arskrg Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2011
  3. Comeuppance

    Comeuppance Fixed Blade EDC Emisssary Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2013
    I had a Brous Bionic from the original production run, and it was an alright knife. This was back when bearings were still kind of a premium feature. The XL looks alright as well, but for the price and materials, I'd rather get a Protech, ZT, or Benchmade any day of the week. I just bought a S90V Yojimbo for less than the retail price of a Bionic XL...
  4. Redwood25

    Redwood25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2015
    I had one. Bought it online, sight unseen, because it looked nice and was a great price. Didn't care for it at all upon holding it in my hand. Had it resold and on the way in less than 24 hours.
  5. arskrg

    arskrg Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2011
    Can't argue with that ^
    Except that I lucked out and got this one for about half retail in practically new condition...
  6. Traps


    Dec 3, 2015
    hmmm, it does have a little H.R Giger thing going for it.... :)
  7. Armadew

    Armadew Reisloafer Platinum Member

    Nov 22, 2006
    And I love me some Giger (swiss ya know)!
    Still not sold on Cuthroat Knives, though...
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  8. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    Nice. Wonder if anybody knows what you are talking about. (Thought it was Kut Throat, if I recall.)
    evilgreg likes this.
  9. flash900

    flash900 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    The Brous Bionic XL is a well-made 3.5 inch version of the 3-inch Bionic.
    The detent is good and the knife flips open easily. It also slides open manually using the groove in the blade.

    It's easy and fun to use.

    There are two reasons why it might not be more popular than it is:

    First, Jason Brous' original Bionic had issues of fit and finish. He essentially sold it through one of the favorable reviews on YT by Jim Skelton, who never reported the issues until he did a follow-up review of the second version, the Bionic 2.0. That version fixed the issues and remains a current model. But the original, flawed version and its flattering review left a bad taste with many owners of the first Bionic. I did not find Jason easy to deal with on my original Bionic. That said, I admired it well enough to purchase the second version even though Jason had not taken care of me as he had promised on the original.

    Second is the cost: $200 to $240 for aluminum scales and D2 steel is a lot. Some would say overpriced for a production knife with those materials. I suspect this may why the XL, as nice as it is, may not be a fast-seller for the dealer with the exclusive on sales of the XL.

    I like and recommend the Brous Bionic XL. But, with its price and materials, it might not be for everybody.

    I hope this helps.
  10. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    nope. none from me, i don't get any of the brous designs at all.
  11. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    And precisely that sort of thing (along with even sillier designs, even worse problems, and even worse actions of Brous), goes back to the Kut Throat Cutlery days mentioned earlier.

    Its a testament to something (I dont know what! :confused: :D) that that brand has achieved the popularity that it has. I cant explain it.
    evilgreg likes this.
  12. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    All Brous Blades knives are overpriced or way overpriced.

    Brous Bionic 2.0 goes for $160-$200 and Bionic XL goes for $200-$240. These are ordinary aluminum handles, liner lock and D2 steel!

    My original Bionic 1.0 black acid-washed is nice looking but it doesn't flip well and it has sharp corners all over.

    My Bionic 2.0 blue stonewashed for $160 is overpriced it flips well and all corners have been dehorned. I like it but for the same price you can get a ZT 0450 with S35VN and titanium.
    flash900 likes this.
  13. Mtbknives


    Agree with alot of the comments. I just scooped one up for 98$, mint new in box. I feel like under 150$it is still a good purchase more than that is a bit much

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