I bought this item based on the earlier reviews here, & as other reviewers have written, this is a very well-made item, that is both attractive & sturdy. It's made of rubber & steel & has a solid feel & good heft to it. I, too, had tried the Metrokane Houdini model, & although it worked well, it was flimsy feeling (light-weight plastic handles) & wobbly. The Blomus model has better fitting parts & is made of much heavier duty materials. Readers should note that although this item is designed in Germany by a German company, it is actually now made in China (but like I said, it's very well constructed). It may cost double what the Metrokane costs, but it's built to last more than twice as long.