I remember reading how hard it was to get GEC to make these in the first place. I am sure quality expectations from the consumer played a roll in this. Now I can see where GEC is coming from. They put out a knife for 50 bucks thats close to about half the cost of most of their knives. It is not meant to be a collectible but a pocketed user. The plastic scales show scratches after just a few days carry. These knives are not intended to be pretty. You get what you pay for and though its double the price of other soddies from other companies well thats ok to. Those other brands knives usually sell for that same 50% less. You have to look at the big picture. I know what I get from GEC for that extra cost, it is worth it for me. It may not be worth it to you.
If you are unhappy with it then thats fine. By all means return it but I would caution about buying another, you may just get more of the same. Quality in form and function is what I expect from a working mans knife. If I want the fit and finish to stun, well I am stepping up to a Northfield. I can understand your frustration due to your previous experience with the Redneck. I would add that at least publicly, it was looked at as a one time offering. Not as something that would be released in a series now known as the Farm & Field tool line. Bumping it from special addition to a regularly produced knife changes things. They need to make 300 now instead of 30. We have been spoiled, a budget line can not be perfect. Heck nothing is perfect, compromises are a reality.
Looking for a good conditioned TL-29, wooden scales with no factory bail(no lock preferred either). PM or Email me if you have one for sale, thanks.