"It is in how the steel is treated at the forge by the craftsman and in quality control before the finished product reaches the customer." I understand. What I don't understand is how you could detect micro cracks in scrap steel without x-raying the blade or something. I suspect that this kind of defect could be much more common than I thought. I only have a sample of 2 but my failure rate now stands at 50% I also suspect that most who purchase Kuks never use them as intended i.e. a tool. "The premise behind getting you to place an order is so that you can be sold another item and so that you are then responsible for the costs of shipping. The replacement will be sent with the new, but you will still pay the shipping." I understand that. If I can get enough of a discount on whatever I pick out(if I decide to do that) to cover shipping then I might just do that. Or not.