Activate the warranty. I have had a LOT of RR knives pass through my hands. Literally. I modify and sharpen almost all of them before selling them to whittlin' students. They are the best value that I know of, and superior to knives that cost quite a bit more. I have encountered a few duds. I report this to my source, and the offending knife is instantly replaced. If defects become evident after I sell them, the same service applies.