The Grip is very nice and personally I'll take 154cm over most steels any day. It's tough, holds a great edge and is easier to sharpen. Also, I don't know if I would consider any of the knives we are talking about to have a steel that's greatly better than the other.
Agree. Grip is well designed, good heat treat, fun axis lock action, and light. Manix feels like a brick in comparison. I think I prefer the PM2 to the grip but thats because I like the ergos and blade shape more on the PM2 - very subjective. Try and find a local shop and hold the competition, if anything you want to handle before you buy.