This is my opinion of it as well. I love the Shuffler, everything about it is so well executed, and the design is highly practical. Still, I find myself not carrying mine because of those great features. The M390 steel is mostly why mine stays in the drawer. As good as it is I like knowing that if I'm out and about I can touch up my blades with whatever abrasives are around; car windows, coffee mugs or even the right rock. This isn't really a rational decision, but I simply prefer more traditional materials.