It's not a perfect analogy. But you have to judge the difference based on the upgrade. The same applies to the Victorinox Pioneer with Damascus blade. It's much more expensive than a regular Pioneer. The same applies to the Spyderco Delica 4. The company has used many different steels and some cost more than others. Etc. It doesn't mean that you can't be less satisfied at the increased price. It does mean don't expect new tires to turn a Chevy into a Cadillac. I should say that I have no problem with the OP's decision to return the knife. I haven't seen the knife and can't judge what's wrong with it. But that doesn't matter. He's not satisfied so he should return it. If I stopped buying knives from every company that's made a bad one, I wouldn't be able to buy knives from any brand anymore.