I recently received a new steel fork and frame, and am concerned that the forks may not have been built correctly, or at least not with due care.
I'd like your views so that I'm a bit better educated before I speak to the framebuilder.
The forks have a rake of about 55mm, which as I understand it is fairly standard for this "sporty touring" type of frame. The issue is that the inside elbows of both fork bends have slight indentations that break up the continuity of the fork tubing. These are perceptible both by touch and by eye - I have attached a (not-great) photo, where reflections on the enamel make the irregularities appear deeper, sharper and much more ridge-like than they are. In reality they more closely resemble the slight impression a finger might leave when gently pressed against a fork made of putty (not the most reassuring mental image, I know!).
I'm also conscious that the overall bend isn't as smooth as it could be (and as it is on my other bikes, ranging from the cheap to a similarly-specc'ed Reynolds frame), but seems to subtly form an angle at the elbows.
I imagine these effects all relate to the necessary process of bending the fork blades to produce the rake. Yet no other steel fork I've closely inspected has anything like these ripple-like irregularities or corrugations, not even to the slightest perceptible degree.
What worries me most, of course, is that they might weaken or are signs of weakness in the fork. Is there some tolerance level that is acceptable here? Or should I just send these back and insist on replacements without these imperfections, however 'slight' they may be?