I was using my Southard today to carve on a block of wood I had lying around (some pine, if it matters) when all of the sudden during one of my cuts I felt a sudden lack of resistnce and watched as the blade fell out of the handle and onto the floor. I was only using a moderate amount of force and was being careful not to twist the blade; additionally, I am not a particularly big guy. While there isn't as much metal where it broke as most blades due to the internal stop pin it still is much more than I would expect to break, especially since it is 4mm thick. That in addition to CTS-204p being a very strong steel suggests to me that the only way it could have broken is if it developed a crack right there. I have never hard used this knife or flipped it open very hard in addition to only having it for 2 weeks, so the crack must have been there when it came out of the factory (which is where I am now sending it for warranty service. I know the Southard has a practically perfect track record but has anybody out there had their blade break or have gotten a crack in the blade. I made this post because I thought I should inform people that this happened to me, and to find out if anything similar has happened to others. I am not trying to hurt the reputation of Spyderco or the Southard. The Southard is an amazing knife in design and build, and is probably the only blade in my collection of about a dozen high-end knives that could put all the rest out of use. Update: I sent this knife to Spyderco on January 13th and today (January 22nd) got a package back from Spyderco. Inside was an apology letter from Eric Glesser and a new knife that is just as perfect as my first. A+ for Spyderco on customer service!