johnny twoshoes wrote:Well, I should have stated that this was just my own opinion.
I have had a few bad experiences with Queen over the last few years. I know what they used to do and I know what they do now. They've lost a lot of QC and have been sending out some not so great knives.
The main complaint that I have, as do many others, is their edge, it's been problem for years. GEC was the same way for a while, but they stepped it up and got that problem fixed.
A few years ago I was at the Queen show in Titusville, PA. Queen had a great set up and had a lot to offer, but I wanted a show knife.
I asked about purchasing one and I was handed a box and I made my purchase. It wasn't until after the show that I actually looked at my own knife, it had a deep crack going down the one side. I would understand if maybe it was dropped in the move to the show, but the crack was dyed over. That, combined with the fact the the blade does a little dance when it's opened.
I sure hope not to hurt any feelings, but this is all based on my own opinion, experience and comparison to the way things used to be.
Queen has taken a back seat to the other companies, in a big way.
I appreciate your thoughts. Its too bad that Queen has had such QC problems recently. Queen has been my favorite brand for new knives for a number of years, but I do not buy very many of them. I have had good luck with the quality on the aged honey amber stag bone knives in D2 that I have bought, but I agree on the edge grinds. I do like the general level of Queen's quality for the price, and the fact that they make a solid line of users not exclusively the limited production knives aimed at the collector market. However if their quality has been in decline that is bad news. Perhaps the loss of talent to GEC hurt them.
I will say that the area where Queen has been very poor compared to Case and GEC is in customer outreach like keeping their website up to date and responding to complaints about their general QC issues. I have no doubt that the Dainels family can improve that a thousand percent.
I had often mused about Queen being bought out, since Servotronics main business is not cutlery related. My thoughts were that either GEC would buy them to consolidate a lot of production capacity in Titusville, or that maybe Bluegrass Cutlery would buy them due to the long relationship of Queen making knives for Bluegrass.