^ Still. Very similar to [most]. High port, long shanks, etc. The only big difference is the swivel shanks and completely straight shanks until it 'swoops' out at the muzzel. Sure, maybe a tad bit harsher, but still can be softish in the correct hands.
Sure, most people use them wrong, and that is why it has caused people to think the BIT is bad. Like I said: It's the person not all entirely the bit.
They aren't anyway shape or form equivilant to this: badddd.jpg
No, nowhere near the barrel bit. EDIT: Just saw you were excluding the barrel bit. Gotcha ;)