The first one I used almost slipped out of my hand. It immediately struck me as much flimsier than my old ones, which are probably Mother's. They are very pre-Wal Mart, when genuine quality still mattered.
After comparing, the springs on the new ones seem weaker and the wood is shorter. The clamp end of the wood is of equal length but the lever end of the wood is shorter. I wonder how good that works for feeble people. The quality is less to save on material and other costs.
I have not bought Levi jeans in ten or fifteen years. I love Levi's but their quality was in the toilet. My brother told me of a good sale on Levi's so I gave them another chance. I thought after ten or fifteen years their quality might have improved. It has. It still isn't where i think it should be but it's much better than it was.
I recently bought a Calvin Klein piece of clothing. The fit was fine but it chafed my skin raw in one spot. I called the Calvin Klein company but they were completely disinterested and told me to return to the retailer. If the man's company, whose name is on the label, is not interested in what was wrong with his clothing, why would Macy's be interested? It went to Good Will.
Many companies have lost control of their quality. I think the fundamental issue is lack of ownership. Lack of ownership occurred, in my opinion, because we have grown tired of the headaches of manufacturing. Those headaches are many and often unrelenting. But the number of headaches solved is directly proportional to the quality of your reputation.