Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Hey guys, A customer had one of these break. The customer indicated that it snapped during the first use while chopping. Thankfully he wasn't hurt. The blade was send to Peter's HT to figure out what went wrong and after looking at all the factors there is no clear indication of what caused the failure. HT was on point, there were no cracks or bubbles in the steel. Brad found one very small inclusion in the steel but not something that should cause a break. At the end of the day, there is nothing we can point the finger to for causing the failure and based on all the info, I think I just have to chalk it up to a fluke. I've made hundreds of knives, most of them big hard use choppers and this was the first failure I've had. I want to do everything I can to make sure it never happens again but I'm scratching my head for what could be changed. As you guys know, I always use top end steels, only the best HT formulas, and test all of my designs extensively, which usually includes testing to failure. Even when the best steel, best HT, and best production methods are used, it appears that things call still go wrong without a clear answer as to why. Bottom line is 3V blades should never break during normal use. If you have a 3V TGM have been using it for the past few months without issue, then I wouldn't worry. However, please make sure you wear proper eye protection and gloves when you are using it and to that extent, any knife of mine. You should already be doing this anyway when swinging around a big ass sharpened piece of metal. Thanks and please let me know if you ever encounter a problem with your blade and remember YOUR BLADE IS WARRANTIED FOR LIFE.