i have beat the holy crap out of a few millies, they will take it as long as all your doing is cutting, no twisting, prying, using your knife as a screwdriver etc. use your knife as a knife and you will be fine. You can easily find a brand new millie for the 100 range if you look around enough, I know i did , so i bought 2 one to use any which way i like and as hard as i like , and if something happens to it then i have a backup ready to go. You think you love your millie now??? Put her through her paces and see what she can do then you will come to appreciate the knife even more and your love for the design will grow even more. An example of what i put mine through on a daily basis is cutiing through those huge industrial zipties, those are hell on a knife blade I've chipped about 4 or 5 knives cutting these so i decided to start carrying the millie for this because i figured the ffg with the s30v steel would be a better option for these and i cut a lot of them a night and I've yet to chip the edge on my millie yet. I also make car frames for a living and I haft to cut alot of copper insulated wire and the millie cuts them just fine , sure i haft to sharpen it alot just because if my knife isn't hair popping sharp it's dull to me but my millie has never let me down.