Either I'm a perfectionist or my On-Guard 5017 is crap. The lock is crap by design; lots of plastic and cast parts, a non-hardened sleeve, a shackle that seems too hard (brittle). It came with 5 keys, each of which had 2+ burrs from not being finished properly. Pictures of the lock internals can be posted if there's interest. The chain seems crappy due to crap manufacturing processes: It looks like it spent 20 years getting beaten up the back of a tow-truck before they hardened it. There are marks that look like bolt cutters, big chunks missing, almost all of the welds have slag, some of the welds leave gaps. That's not 1-2 links, that's every link. Some parts of my 12mm chain measure 8-10mm. The support from On Guard (via Todson) is just telling me that the defects I'm pointing out somehow aren't actually defects; that this is normal. Between the crap lock and the crap chain, and their idea of "normal" this will be my last On-Guard purchase.
Chain close-ups. Those aren't defects, that's normal
I haven't seen the Krypto or bikereigistry chains up close; can someone tell me that they at least look better? I have seen the Abus chains up close, and they look like they're worth the $$$; very consistent, smooth and high quality finish.