The SNG is a great knife. First thing I would say is that if you are able to buy at a store and handle it before do that. As mine required some tweaking. I will say I have the black lego and its great but most of all my other knives are also black, wish i would have got the green. As far as blade finish and steel type. I bought the ghost striped, not my first choice but thats what the store had in stock. Let me say that I take very good care of my knives and my blade developed some rust spots on the bead blast. It was not a big deal but made me scratch my head, also inside the thumb oval. Its all fixable nothing to worry about. The steel is fine by my standards, i use the s30v. I just swipe it on the ceramic rod a few times and its golden. It is smoother too. As far as the actual knife, its a bad ass blade. Just get whatever makes you happy I guess.