I am also interested in hearing more about Drakes' construction and why it may be inferior to that of Italian makers (and which Italian makers are you specifically referring). I own a lot of Drakes ties and have no complaints about their make.
Roycru, I enjoyed your post even though I am a subject of your ire. I have occasionally commented on others' fits, but have never posted one of my own. And to confirm your analysis, I may have taken a bus ride a few weeks ago without a proper ticket.