I mean just based on his comments in this thread, Rick sounds a bit troubled. No clue what would warrant this kind of reaction, especially when OP has said he was willing to pay for said fixes. Your positive experience doesn't really add anything when the maker himself has acted like a jerk in the thread already.I won't armchair quarterback this situation as I have no dog in the fight, but I will say that I have dealt with Rick in the past and would gladly deal with him again. I have had a few of his knives and IMO they represent exceptional values at the price points they usually go for. Fit, finish, functioning, design, materials…everything has always been top notch.
As far as he goes as a person, I have always found him helpful and willing to quickly answer any questions. I once had a beautiful slipjoint from him that was the envy of a lot of slipjoint users/collectors and he straight out told me out of the blue one day that if I ever wore that knife out, he'd build me a new one. We weren't even talking about that when he said it; he just wanted me to know that he had my back as far as the knife was concerned.
I'm not sure what is going on between Rick and the OP (with whom I have no direct experience), but hopefully things will get worked out.