Hairline fracture or scratch

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Brett Sisco, Oct 26, 2020.

  1. Brett Sisco

    Brett Sisco

    May 8, 2020
    Just recieved this knife. Brand new out of the box and i notice this scratch or fracture. When i rub my nail over it i can feel it catch a little. With it being maxamet im worried it may be a frature. What do you guys think? [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. TheJon


    Apr 12, 2014
    I mean it doesn't look like it continues on down the edge just on the flat ground face of the blade. But I understand the concern.
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  3. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Looks like there was a little grit on the final grinding wheel that left that mark.
    I see the same thing quite a bit actually and just live with it on a non collector user piece.
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  4. Brett Sisco

    Brett Sisco

    May 8, 2020
    I feel like at the right angles i may see something on the bevel. Impossible to catch with my camara. But it could just be a scratch as well. As long as its functions im good with it.
  5. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    That looks a lot like a crack in that light.

    Can you test with Magnaflux?
  6. Brett Sisco

    Brett Sisco

    May 8, 2020
    Dont have it. Never did it before. Have you seen this before?
  7. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Never seen it before but there are a few posts with snapped Maxmet in here. I haven't used the ferrous tester because all my suspicious stuff is non-magnetic so it's all dyechem but it's never been wrong.

    Tagging in @Sal Glesser for a school of life opinion.
  8. Brett Sisco

    Brett Sisco

    May 8, 2020
    Would a crack be pretty obvious on the bevel?
  9. nephron

    nephron Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    I would put the edge under some high magnification, cracks usually start from somewhere, not in the middle of the blade. I am thinking scratch as mentioned earlier.
  10. Brett Sisco

    Brett Sisco

    May 8, 2020
    Yea im with you guys i guess. I think it must be a scratch. Thanks for everyones help.
  11. spoonrobot


    May 1, 2004
    That looks like a crack to me. Regardless, once you start using it you'll find out either way pretty darn quick.
  12. Surfingringo

    Surfingringo Gold Member Gold Member

    May 25, 2013
    Doesn’t appear to continue onto the edge bevel and looks to be perfectly perpendicular with the grind lines so I would guess scratch (possibly from the grind process). Hard to say just from a photo though. I suspect a 10-12x loupe would be enough to give you a definitive answer.
  13. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    If mine it would be going back for a replacement. Why take a chance?
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  14. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012

    @Brett Sisco If you don't have a loupe you can turn around a pair of binoculars to get a similar look at magnification. I've done that to look at edges and investigate possible cracks.
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  15. bdmicarta

    bdmicarta Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    yes at some magnification a crack would look jagged while a scratch would be relatively straight
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