I've snapped a tip off mine and also broken a blade once (me being clumsy). As has been said, the steel is brittle, but only because it is so very hard, and therefore stays sharp for so much longer - mine has been used loads and is still razor sharp. I've modified my technique slightly (VERY cautious on the push stroke and firm but straight on the pull stroke) and not had any further problems. It's a VERY quick cutter when used properly. One mod I'd consider is to grind the last tooth off - it's a little too close to the tip. I'd still recommend it to anyone though - love mine
Last edited by Landy_Dom; 20-04-2011 at 18:03.
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