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