What serious manufacturing problems would those be? Randal knives have a five year waiting list. Yet people continue to purchase their quality products. Sure they could probably make things faster, but at what cost? Sacrificing quality and reputation to make a quick buck sounds like a bad idea to me! I'm glad LionSteel will not make a similar compromise to their products for short term revenue gains. Do you not see that LionSteel will not fold under the pressure? That gives me even more faith in their product! Violence is never the answer. How would killing the person that is making something for you increase production efficiency? What makes this such a bad purchasing experience? Did somebody steal your money? Were you mislead as to the product you would be getting? Its just taking a little longer to get the product. What is it with the whole instant gratification thing?