I pretty much figured that any Fallkniven purchased through Massdrop will not have warranties honored by Fallkniven. It's part of the reason for the better-than-any-internet retailer price.
I'm cool with that as the quality control is very high with Fallkniven and very seldom does a dud slip through. I guess I'm taking a chance, but I accept the risk.
My original question refers to the new "deals" by Fallkniven where one gets to purchase the PRO version knives cheaper, but the entire package is not as comprehensive as the original PRO (knife, Zytel sheath, DC-4 stone, big watertight box, lifetime warranty)