I am not unhappy with either of my Stockman 82s. Once I got over the unexceptional stag, I recognized how comfortable and solid it is in hand and opted not to exchange it. My elderberry is one heck of a handsome knife, I love the coloring and shield choice. I'd say that my elderberry has better action than my stag, a bit more snappy and the pulls are ever so slightly stronger. However, I do concur with the statements regarding the rough jigging. I thought nothing of it at first, simply thinking it would wear smooth over time. After seeing similar observations from others here, I figured it couldn't be normal, or at least it shouldn't be expected. I suspect it will still smooth with time and use but I am beginning to wonder at GEC's jigging processes. I hope we aren't going to be seeing a trend towards mediocre jigging in the future.