Gorgeous photo. Where is that?
Re: finger eating flipper: I typically pushbutton my flippers if possible (habit from owning a lot of flippers with so-so action, pushbuttoning practically guarantees a successful opening for me). But with the final lock placement where it is, I lightswitch the Amalgam. For me, pushbuttoning the Amalgam results in the painful jabbed index finger pads you're describing, but lightswitching works just fine (or maybe I'm just used to it now haha).