DC...My lemon is a 2 month old custom from a reputable maker. I know a perfectly setup folder shouldn't exhibit play (My Sebenza, BM 970, and a 3rd generation Military are rock solid), but I have seen several custom liner folder, at Paragon Sporting Goods in NYC, from different custom makers, that have play in the pivot area. I am particularly picky about the lockup...It first thing I check when I pick up a folder. Perhaps I'm too picky about my knives. An average Joe would probably never notice the imperfection.