I love my Brute.
I usually carry a kukri type blade (any of the many versions I own) and a smaller knife (either SRK, Master Hunter or Recon Tanto).
The Brute has replaced both these for me on many occasions. As is well known, there are specific tools that perform specific jobs better than any other tool but for a "one knife does it all" tool, the Brute outperforms any other multipurpose large knife. I've used mine to chop, dig, pry, hammer, stab, split and slice.
I love the handle and have had no problems with twisting (I have rather large hands). The BK&T handles are my favorite knife handles on the market.
The Brute does not chop as well as a kukri type blade, though. I have an Ontario kukri and love it, also. I thought Cliff may have been referring to the Ontario bolo (it plain sux as a chopper). The Machax is a very mean chopper and will outperform the Brute in that category hands down. It and the Brute are the only 2 BK&T knives I currently own but will have all of them soon. I really like the sheaths, also.
As you can tell, I like choppers.
I talked to Will Fennel on the phone today and he mentioned the Becker model #6. He wouldn't give me a whole lot of info but he did say something about a 14" blade!!!!!
I can't wait!!!!!!