I've seen 4 or 5 instances of Maxamet blades snapping, here on BF so far. I got one of the first releases when they first came out. Whatever you do, don't twist or put any lateral stress on the blade when you're cutting some tough stuff. I don't think the hole has anything to do with it. Like I've said, I've performed the same task with Spyderco's s30v, s90v, m4, rex45, s110v, m390, etc, with no issues at all.