here are some of mine for comparison, dont get me wrong, i have quite a bunch of queen/schatt and morgans. not all of em have issues. but knife for knife, comparing with GEC, Ive kept all of my GECS but have passed on some Queen/Schatt and Morgans. Ive bought their EDC or seconds knives and some were totally fine. ive always liked this pattern from them, its just the example i received was poor. Some folks would balk at receiving such a knife and send it right back. these were winners, but some times cant tell whose fault that was, these were ok heres my heritage jack that i had complaints about had to grind off some to make it sit ok with out catching my finger when I run over the blade well results older stock? another queen, i was pleased with this one, no complaints. post production modified queens, the thing is, I think some collectors hold Queen/SM to GEC standards and expect more than they can offer. Not giving Queen/SM a pass or knocking them for their QC, but i believe they let some things go with out scrutiny. But as other members have mentioned, Queen ownership has changed hands. The Daniels family have improved the QC some. There is a site that sells all sorts of queen/sm stuff and have it listed by production times? and that is sorta where/how I gauge the stuff I buy from queen/sm. Id say I have equal amounts almost of queen/sm and GEC knives, and i have moved more Queen/SM to users/edc box because of flaws. But to be fair, GEC standards should be kept for GEC knives, while Queen/SM standards should be applied to their knives. Again not saying they get a pass for releasing crummy knives, but keep your expectations reserved until you handle the knife. Some people are just lucky, they always get a winner. But ive sent one back definitely, others ive had to modify.