Eagle Scout, there are a few threads that talk all about the quality of the 2cds and Ugly Bettys. Having owned more than a few of both they have all been very good knives with small cosmetic flaws even on the Bettys. All heat treatment has been done by Peters and their work is top shelf, not once have I read about a steel quality or temper issue. Others have sent knives in for warranty work that can answer better than I can but I did send 7 knives in for sharpening and it took a long time to get them back. In Guy's defense 3 of them were convex Bark River ground blades so hand grinding was needed and they were slotted time inbetween model switch overs as was fully explained by Guy in a phone call or 3. I know at the time a year plus ago that if it was just 1 knife being sent in for sharpening turn around time was usually a week, 2 at the most. Mine were sent back in different groups, the convex ones arrived last like 7 months later but when I received the package he had included a gift 1st gen 5.1 as well- that says something to me about his character. The choice is yours but at the least give them a call and find out what they say.