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I own about 6 RR knives now, varying patterns, and I"m just amazed by the quality for the price. Have any of you had any quality issues?
As I have mentioned before, I am a rough rider fan. I would go so far as to say they made some other manufactures, on and off shore, tighten up on quality. Competition is a good thing. I have to admit though, they do not always have the "feel" I am looking for in a knife. I am an old fashion kinda gal and I do like my knife to have that solid, I can do anything with it, feel.
For the sake of this discussion we will simply go with the 2 you have mentioned. GEC is a knife with a hefty good feel. I can put one in my hand and know it is built, if I can open the backspring I will be positive of that build. This particular company builds a knife to withstand time...and I own many
Queen, this is a company that has recently been giving GEC a run for their money in my opinion. Built as a user with a collector in mind! They not only build the knives to stand up, they price them where you dont feel obligated to have them only as a safe queen. These days it is just as likely I will have my Queen barlow on me than any other knife.
Your correct, either of these companies may send out a knife not worthy of their name on occasion. My personal experience has been that they will make it right. While the collector in me screams if I have waited on my knife only to have to return it for a better one, the practical in me says that any knife with human hands doing a large portion of the build has the possibility of error. I am willing to undergo the anticipation again just to get it right in my hand.
Bear in mind, this is my personal opinion, as unworthy as it may be by anothers standards.
I have about 55 Rough Rider knives. I have not had a problem with any of them. All of the ones I tested have been hair shaving sharp out of the box. I have never had the shield fall off of one.
I conducted a daily use test of my Rough Rider RR718 work knife with excellent results. You can see it here.
I have also used extensively the RR318 lockback folding hunter. It has given me excellent service.
Another Rough Rider that I put to the test was the RR1349 Heavy Hunter Sidewinder. You can read that test here.