Of the two, I think I prefer the original, which I'd love to see in this size and quality. This one certainly has a more effective blade, but it's size and length compared to the rest of the gun make it seem off. Plus, the original Hellion had a top-break, and I just have a soft spot for top-breaks. Maybe if the barrel were as long as the blade I'd be more keen on it, with the short barrel and long blade it seems a bit, off balanced to me. It's beautiful, and I love the engraving, but just the length and style of the first seems to capture my heart more than this one does.
I went through a few different silhouettes with the barrel at the full length but i liked the shape of this better. The old version was an unrealistic and unpractical gun that wouldn't work in reality. I wanted something that would work. Perhaps i will do a few versions of this one and revamp the old. Thanks for your thoughts