Well, after letting him borrow the BBS M390 Para 3 for the day, this is what he told me.
He really liked the action and sound of the lockup. The ease of one handed opening/closing (this knife is probably the smoothest of all my PM2/Para 3's) The grip that the G10 provides also rated high. He didn't like that for his hand, it wasn't comfortable if he didn't use the finger choil. His pinkie slips off the back and apparently drove him nuts. He did like the short blade for most of his uses though. He also loved the MXG deep carry clip I put on it...more on that in a second.
So I asked him if he would ever consider this knife, or if the shorter handle is a deal breaker. He said it was, but asked how much the knife costs. I told him, and he
He couldn't believe I let him borrow it coming in at that price! I told him I was trying to woo him to the dark side hahaha. He then said that he imagines the one I have that's "like his" (PM2) is probably more money than the Para 3, and I told him...typically, yes. He then goes on to say that I'm crazy haha.
He asked if he could get one of those pocket clips for his knife, which I said I have no idea and asked how much it was. When I told him around $20, he
again! That's when he said I have a serious problem, that I have a pocket clip that costs as much as his entire knife, that cuts things just as well as these knives. That's where I just laughed it off and gave up.
I don't see him as a new member anytime soon