Today I was in a store to check out some nice knives. They ranged from 100-500€ or so. some really premium brands. I must have handled maybe 10 of them. All westerns. All basically "production" stuff, some quite exotic though. Talking micarta, real wood, pakkawood. And NONE I mean NONE of the knives had scales that were flush with the tang! And NONE had bolsters that were flush with the scales. Usually the tang stuck up like a sharp edge. And only on some of them the rivets were flush with the scales, maybe 50%. I mean micarta and pakkawood are dead materials. And these were not exactly budget knives. I did check out some budget knives and to be honest they had actually better F/F!! dafuq! Really disappointed to be honest. If I was spending like 300 or so on a knife I expect it to be actually "finished" at the factory. I'm not buying some kind of knife kit here that I'm supposed to finish myself somehow. I'm buying a finished product. Completely baffling! (Or is the correct term gobsmacked?) I have a knife that i bought from JCK about 5 years ago. And it has real actual wood scales. Some green buckeye maple wood. Its a Shiki, their best sh1t. I think its now called black dragon or similar but mine has no name. Because it was limited edition and not a series then. That one has zero and I mean zero mm difference between scales and rivets, zero difference between scales and tang, and scales and bolster. You cannot feel the transitions! How can this possibly be?? Does this knife come from outer space? I mean its at least 5 years now. And it has real wood scales. I inspected it a few months ago to see if I could somehow "improve" it. I'm really no stranger to resorting to belt grinders/angle grinders/welders/files/rasps/stones and so on should I need to since I use this all day long. But there is nothing I can improve in the FF department here! Nothing. Thats quality! I feel quality in western handles knives today has a long loooooong way to go. Anyone else feel this? Or is it just me?