Mike I see where you coming from I really do, but I think you looking at it the wrong way and really don't understand my concern. Let me explain. I don't know what you do for a living, but I'm an engineer. I know a thing or two about physics, balance, dynamics etc.... Strider is a knife and it's main purpose is to cut! The way I got this blade with "cosmetic faults", will put more pressure on one side more than the other during a deep cut causing it to stick more than a perfectly symmetrical blade would putting more strain on the operator. Also because of that it would have tendency to drag the cutting edge to one side more than the other therefore causing it to dull up faster than the symmetrical blade. So in actuality, the defect isn't so cosmetic as you think. Strider is one of top manufacturers of knives and they should provide a highest quality product. Maybe you would be happy with a Bentley that has a slanted hood on it, but I would deffinetly complain if it wasn't getting as good of the gas mileage as it should due to a dynamic defect.
Let me tell you what I do for a living - I make Knives - Tons of them - more than Strider - More than almost anyone here on this Forum.
I know knives better than most.
I actually hire engineers.
I also am a very accomplished outdoorsman and hunter.
When I say that a knife that has the Grind a little off(Like your Strider) will cut the same it is because I KNOW that it will cut the same.
Edge holding is not a Factor of Symmetry.
The Issues with your knife are REAL to you and As I said - you should either have them fixed or return the knife.
Telling me that the Cosmetic Issues on that knife will effect it's performance is not such a hot idea. I know Different. I have no reason to not tell the Truth about it.
I have no Motive to lead you in any direction but that of the truth.
The issues are Cosmetic and will not effect performance.
Looking at something with an engineer's eye sometimes it totally trumped by "Use in a Human Hand".
You are splitting hairs and it is not going to fly with me.
I say - get it fixed or get rid of it - you should not keep a knife that you think is not up to what you want it to be.
That is a good enough reason - you don't have to prove to me or anyone else here that you are justified in your Concerns - just the Sheer Fact that it bothers you is enough.
Strider Knives are not for everyone - You might be a lot happier with the work of one of the other makers I mentioned above.
You will find them symmetrical and smoother and "Better Engineered" for the Average User.