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Ruin Your Day...

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by trout911, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. trout911


    Mar 21, 2011
    First off I want to say HI to everyone. I have just recently joined the forums but have been reading along for quite some time. So, Hello to all.

    Anyway, just thought that I would share with you a disappointment that crossed my path on last Saturdays camp trip.

    She split it two...
    (I cant post images yet, waiting on membership approval)

    I was chopping some sweet oak and then BAM!!! Not only did it chip, but split in half, a clean split at that. Good thing I had enough firewood already split to fuel my fire for the night...

    Anyone else have this knife? If so what kind of abuse does your's take?

    I have contacted Ontario and they told me to email a pic with an address. I'm hoping they will stand behind there product.

    Just thought I would share this.... This kind of thing could happen at anytime to anyone with just about any blade. Always, IMO, Always have a backup.
  2. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod

    Apr 6, 2000
    Always carry a Mora! :p

    That's some split. I think they'll cover it. But you're right, you never know, bad things can happen at the worst of times.
  3. sasquatch1


    Mar 16, 2011
    yes it alwyas good to have a backup for that exact reason, but oh man thats a compete bummer to have a blade break like that,
  4. kgd


    Feb 28, 2007
    I'm interested in those really big chips in front of the split. Did that all happen at the same time, or did you produce the chips and keep banging away? Interesting because it didn't split where the chips initiated. Makes me think something is wonky with that blade.
  5. trout911


    Mar 21, 2011
    I was batoning for about 15 mins before hand. then needed another log to baton so was chopping away and then out of nowhere she split/chipped all at once.
  6. Erasmus


    Jul 15, 2002
  7. 6shooter


    Sep 12, 2009
    Well that would suck. I've heard of more than a couple of RTAKII's breaking.

    Fyi, you can still post pics through websites like photobucket.
  8. fugawee


    Jul 7, 2008
    welcome to the forum!

    sorry about your knife
    to post a pic,just use picturelocation and then {/img]

    like this
  9. Bushman5


    Oct 31, 2007
    damn......that sucks man.


    Apr 14, 2006
    That is the reason to always carry another knife and a first aid kit too

    Glad you were not injured
  11. LMT66

    LMT66 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 18, 2008
    I guess that one had a 14 minute limit with a baton! (trying to be funny)

    I hope they take care of you and replace it.

    "Always have a backup" ... good advice!
  12. 65535


    Mar 14, 2007
    Might be good to start carrying an axe.
  13. t1mpani


    Jun 6, 2002
    An axe would obviously work, but unless there's a lot more to this than what's been said already, there's really no excuse for this kind of failure and it's a defective batch of steel or poorly HT'd. I've batoned large logs with an Old Hickory butcher knife for years, and it's less than 1/16" thick. The RTAK is made for hacking/slashing/chopping in the outdoors, exactly what it sounds like he was doing, and wood should not cause catastrophic failure in steel.
  14. Rob Thomas

    Rob Thomas

    Oct 12, 2010
    That sucks, sorry bout your knife. You should buy an esee junglas, esee will warranty a broken knife no guestions asked.
  15. ROCK6

    ROCK6 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 8, 2004
    Welcome aboard trout...sorry to hear about your blade. Looks like it was a bad heat-treatment/stress point. I'm sure Ontario will take care of you, but it still sucks. I know warranties are good, but when you're on day two of a seven day trip or deployed to another country, that warranty doesn't help your immediate problem at all. Simply a good reason to at least have a backup, even if it's a smaller blade. Let us know the outcome...

  16. mollyhatchet


    Jun 15, 2009
    2nd on the axe.
  17. RescueRiley


    Mar 22, 2006
    Sorry for your experience, I have seen this hapen to quality knives before.. I was taking a survival course a few years ago and some broke a bk9 in half splittting some iron wood was it d2 or 1095?
  18. AeroNautiCal


    Jun 24, 2008
    This is always a good reason to carry a weeks supply of firewood with you!

    Just kidding! [​IMG]

    A GB Mini or Wildlife Hatchet and a Gerber Sportsman/Exchange-A-Blade/ Bacho Laplander or similar type saw take up very little space, don't weigh much and are very efficient.
  19. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
    Almost looks like the blade was too hard and chipped and then broke.
  20. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
    I was chopping some dried chestnut oak back in 04 on top of North Fork Mt and the bottom corner of my GB Mini broke off:eek:

    They sent me another one and it's never broke but that chestnut oak was like iron!

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