Thanks for the welcome Gentlemen>
I too don't see any issue with the knife other than the shield.
I did notice something in the sellers description, one statement in the middle says, "Please look at the pictures good before bidding." He knew what he had for sale and in a round about way told the buyer to beware.
Just my opinion.
Yeah, I seen that statement. That's another reason I researched as much s I did. FWIW I checked some of his other items and they said the same. I suspect he's trying to cover his self when he is informed the item "might not" be what he says. After having found some information I have an idea who and what locations to be cautious of when looking at knives. Unfortunately I'm in one of those areas, KY.....LOL.
As far as the knife goes, I got it yesterday. Looks as good as it does in the pictures. Gonna wipe it down, oil it and put it up. The shield HAS apparently fallen off at some point and was installed upside down AFTER it left the factory. If you look at the first picture you'll see a "white" area at the upper left side of the shield. This area of the shield appears/feels to be shaved. If the shield is turned to it's proper position I'm pretty sure it will match up to the shape of the handle. As it sits now the shield is not flush on the right side. Probably will leave the shield as is unless there's some reason to install it correctly. To me it'll make a good conversation/speculation piece but not hurt it's value.