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FAQ: There's a crack in the handle of my pocketknife -- is that a problem?

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No, probably not -- but there are a few ways to tell, one way or the other.

Character crack

In natural handle materials -- like bone, stag, horn and mammoth ivory -- cracks and veins are an inherent part of their character. When natural materials are dyed or stabilized, these "character cracks" generally turn a darker color than the surrounding material.

That's normal, and it's not a problem.

If, however, you notice a crack that passes through a pin, it may be a manufacturing defect. Use these guidelines:

  • If a crack goes through a pin, and if the crack is darker than the surrounding material, it's not a manufacturing defect.
  • If a crack goes through a pin, and if the crack is the same color as the surrounding material, it's a manufacturing defect.
  • If a crack goes through a pin, and if the crack is barely visible, it's a manufacturing defect.

If you spot a problem, or if you're just not sure, feel free to contact us.

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