So I'm on Nogent 10" Chef's #3 from TBT. The first one came with a crack in the blade near the bolster (the first one they said they'd ever seen), and the second one had a pretty bad dogleg bend in the blade. After speaking with the owner, I mailed back the second knife with the understanding that if he found a straight one he'd send it, otherwise he'd just grant me a refund. After waiting a couple of days, another knife landed on my doorstep! I unboxed it and took a look, and I'm thinking I might have to send this one back too. Then I thought it might be best to get some help on what I should do.
By my observations, there's a definite bow in the blade, though not nearly as bad as the last one I got. The blade also doesn't seem to be seated in the ferrule correctly. These are the best pictures that I could get:
Is this stuff that can be repaired and I'm just being picky, or am I better off just returning them and being done with it? I'm thinking that after two returns and speaking with the owner of the retailer, if this is the best I can conceivably do I'm better off just cutting my losses and getting a K-Sab Au Carbone. I was hoping to add something with the history of a Nogent to my knife bag, but I'm starting to wonder if it's worth the trouble.