On 2 of them, the makers already posted that they missed the "bushcrafting" partof the testing and anticipating a pure cutting competition went with thin blades in the 63-64 RC range. At that point, it the user was making a snap cut and applied some lateral stress while the knife was still in the branchlet, chipping does not surprise me. On Rick's knife, my suspicion is that there was a "bad spot" in the stock it was being hammered out of. Specifically an internal flaw that was drawn out during the forging. there's another picture thread that shows Terrio's knife getting pounded on as well. It was a hoot - and I brought some scraps home to mess around with. As to another gathering, we're having one up by Topeka July 5-7 if you want to come visit and bring toys for folks to play with. Otherwise, the next big one will be this fall, location to be determined.