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Discussion in 'The Huntsman Knife Company' started by Huntsman Knife Co., Jul 13, 2018.

  1. Huntsman Knife Co.

    Huntsman Knife Co. KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 10, 2010
    Well Boys, when it rains it pours.

    The Nitro V Fell Beast run has been in circulation for over a year with no reported issues until last week when a customer had both of his Fell Beasts break at the handle during routine use. Before the run was produced, I tested 3 Nitro V Fell Beast protoytpes to destruction and they exceeded my expectations and there have been no other reported problems so two failures after a full year of use was some seriously shocking news o_O

    Luckily, we have been able to track down the exact cause of the failures which occurred due to rare nitrogen inclusions that formed due to the HT protocol used. At the time these were made, Nitro V was brand new everyone used the AEB-l HT protocol with great success. We have since learned the AEB-l HT protocol can result in the formation of concentrated areas of nitrides and new HT methods have been developed to avoid the issue. The nitride inclusions very rarely cause failure and only caused a breakage in the Fell Beasts because of the perfect storm of thin stock, giant blade, and hard use application.

    Even though Nitro V has awesome properties and its performed very well for me, until the HT for Nitro V is perfected, I will not be using it for Fell Beasts.

    Even though there have only been two failures, that is NOT OK in my book.

    Bottom line is, I don't want anyone's blade failing them so I am doing a recall.

    I have already emailed everyone that placed an order through the website but because these things are bought and sold all over the forum, I don't know who may be in possession of one at this point so far down the road.

    So, if you have a Nitro V Fell Beast Please stop using it and contact me so I can give you a replacement blade from your choice 52100 or AEB-l.

    The replacement blanks have not yet been made so turn around time could be up to 6 weeks depending on how long heat treat takes.

    I will also need you to send in the scales from your current Nitro V Fell Beast so I can grind them flush to the tang of the replacement.



    Last edited: Jul 13, 2018
  2. Twindog

    Twindog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2004
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2018
  3. Creaky Bones

    Creaky Bones Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Sorry this happened but this is a pretty stand up thing to do. Much respect.
  4. Camber

    Camber Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Classy move Hunter. I'm sorry you have to deal with it though.
  5. Huntsman Knife Co.

    Huntsman Knife Co. KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 10, 2010
    I have been completely blown away by the kindness, understanding and gratitude from everyone thats been affected by this recall. I truly have the best customers in the world. Thank you guys for being so understanding and encouraging. I would not be in the knife game without customers like you. Even though I provide the warranty, it seems like at the end of the day its you guys who have my back :thumbsup:
    Mink likes this.
  6. Grease


    May 10, 2012
    Not many people would actively seek out the "Why?" of a failure a year+ after production. At that point most people would (quite fairly) just assume user fault, and maybe replace the blade if the warranty, er, warranted it. To replace the ones that haven't failed yet is a step above and beyond what could reasonably be expected of a knife warranty!
    Camber, Mink and Currawong like this.


    Feb 15, 2015
    Wow that's awesome that you're doing that!! Now I definitely would like to buy a machete from you!!
    ATJ999 likes this.
  8. rxavage


    Aug 16, 2014
    I’m impressed by the integrity of the maker. Hopefully I’ll be able to find a model that speaks to me so I can support hkc.
    ATJ999 likes this.
  9. Twindog

    Twindog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2004
    You're way past your deadline, with no further communication. Can you give us an update?
  10. Huntsman Knife Co.

    Huntsman Knife Co. KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 10, 2010
    I've been sending out replacements and am almost finished with the recall. I am out of town this week but will have the remaining blades completed as soon as I get back.
    ATJ999 likes this.

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