So today I just received my Thiers Issard Sabatier Nogent 9" flex fillet knife from thebestthings.com, but it seems to have some issues. From what I've read here and other places around the interwebs, I know that fit and finish seems to be a problem with this company, but I figured people still like them, they must be worth it anyway. So are all of these knifes flawed in some way? If so, how much should I let slide, and when should I ask for an exchange? And if I do exchange it, are my chances any better that the new one will not have these issues? The blade itself seems fairly straight. Hard to tell, but there may be a slight bend the last couple inches to the tip, but minor. The handle itself seems to be inline with the blade; however, the ferrule is a little crooked and there is a gap between the ferrule and blade (top side only) just big enough to fit a finger nail in. I don't care about looks, only functionality for use in a commercial kitchen. The gap I could see being a sanitation problem, so I would fill it in with some sort of epoxy of something (suggestions?). If the bend is very minor, and it is a flexible blade, would sharpening be affected? So, should I just keep this one and deal with its imperfections, or do I return for a replacement? Also, I did ask the person on the phone to please check to make sure the handle and blade and everything else is all straight and aligned. But other than that, the knife is real light and has a very nice feel to it and I am excited to sharpen and use it, after I decide what to do with it. Anyway, sorry for the long list of questions, and thank you for for any input you may have!