Is It a defect/Minor Issue/Character
A while ago there was some controversy regarding what a "quality" knife was, It got me thinking about the definition of what a quality product is, Juran Defines it as the development (providing) of products that meet customers needs.
So what are customers needs?
I thought that it is very important to understand what are the needs, requirements and expectations for customers....but it proves very difficult in practice, mainly because each of us has a different idea of whats important (profile, finish, uniqueness, etc. )... that got me thinking that maybe we can understand what a FLAW is and go from there.... so I thought maybe these 3 categories might help!
1) What is a defect?
2) What is a minor issue
3) What is just plain character (Wabi-sabi) (Something beautiful and unique)
Here is my take on a bunch of occurrences, So...what are your biggest peeves and where do they land? here is a start/idea... maybe Im completely off, what do you think?
Irregularity in sizing between knives (for non customs)
Gash in wood (not filled)
Big hole in damascus pattern
Gap between blade and handle on wa's
Major fit and finish issues (pertruding tang)
A Clunker (As Dave would call it in a previous post)
De-lamination of blade or finish.
Major fit and finish issues (What are those?)
Handle not completely symmetrical (When it was supposed to be)
Gash in wood (Filled)
Small fit and finish issues (A pertruding pin)
Off centered pin?
Small gap between tang and wood
Crooked blade (Fixable)
Not properly tapered (Disproportionately)
Food sticks to blade? (Or is this a characteristic? not sure..)
Planned variation on color of wood
Variations on Kanji
Variations in damascus (Minor?)
Is there a difference and does there need to be a distinction between customs and production knives for this? and must there be a distinction between Wa and YO for this as well?