Season's Greetings to all on the forum
Yesterday I purchased a purple Ladybug for my mother's sewing kit and a G10 dragonfly for myself - I thought about getting the FRN version but I love G10 handles so though I would try this one instead.
The difference in the fit and finish on these two knives, both made in Seki City Japan, is huge - the ladybug had extra plastic flash left over from the moulding process and the blade, although mostly sharp, was badly ground at the base, with asymmetrical plunge lines and just a sloppy overall feel. I had to spend 20 minutes with my sharpmaker getting the knife truly razor sharp, which is very important for sewing work.
The G10 Dragonfly on the other hand, has amazingly perfect F&F - apart from a very slight gap between one of the liners and the locking bar, which I assume is necessary for the bar to move, this little knife is incredibly well put together - no tool marks, no sharp edges or corners, amazingly precise grind lines on the blade and a wonderfully symmetrical, scalpel sharp tip. The back spacer is so well fit that you cannot see where it ends and the liners begin. Even the polish on the blade was better, and these are both VG-10 knives. The knife was truly razor sharp out of box, zipping through envelopes and paper as though it wasn't there. People talk all the time about the F&F on the Taiwanese Spydercos, this knife shows that the Japanese maker can do just as good a job.
So why so much difference? Are the Japanese G10 knives made in a different factory to the FRN ones? This is definitely a case of getting what you pay for but surely all Spydercos should be finished to a minimum standard of F&F.