My entire collection is post 1970 to present Cases (~150 pieces). I am admittedly very picky, and I would say 1 out of 5 have defects that can't be seen in pictures that bother me and those don't stay with the firm (weak snap, bolster gaps & lateral wobble are the deal breakers for me). I'd say the most recent are the most consistent - rarely do I get a stinker. I'd say for the money, it's darn near impossible to beat Case quality, just expect to get one thats not perfect once in a while... these are mass produced knives after all. And lastly, expect the factory sharpening to be lousey - anticipate it will need to be honed (best case) or reprofiled (worst case) out of the box ... which is fine once you learn to accept that - their blade operators must be under such high volume demands, they just don't take the extra few seconds on the grinder to sharpen properly.