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    Crack in My PK?

    I thought I would give this sword a quick polish with some 600 grit paper, as I have been cutting with it for almost 2 years now, and it was starting to look kind of rough.

    Im pretty sure this is a crack in the blade, Ive looked at it under a magnifying glass, and it is jagged ending in a little dimple.
    Also, it appears equally on both sides and is much lower down then the area where most of the scratches were.
    If it is a crack, its pretty scary to think that I have been cutting with this, and have let lots of other people cut with it as well.

    I was a little skeptical about the thought it may be cracked.... I tried searching, but couldnt find reference of this sort of thing happening before.

    http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/b...o/DSC01209.jpg
    http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/b...o/DSC01211.jpg
    http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/b...o/DSC01213.jpg
    http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/b...o/DSC01214.jpg
    http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/b...o/DSC01218.jpg
    http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/b...o/DSC01219.jpg

    What do you think? Is it a crack?
    Its really too bad if it is, I was thinking about selling this If I could.
    Could I break or cut the blade in half and make two Tanto looking things maybe?

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    Well since its clearly visible on both sides I would say that this is a fatal flaw in the blade.

    I have broken a PK blade in two when cutting some years ago, but it was an older version. I can't tell what version you have, but considering its age, its probably 2nd Gen.


    Hanwei have just come out with there 4th Gen line and with options for light and heavier blades for cutting. At least you have a few more options to consider within a reasonable price range.
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    I might be interested in buying it depending on how far down the blade the crack is and a few other things.

    You'd have to be willing to ship to Canada.

    PM me if you're interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D. Opheim View Post
    Well since its clearly visible on both sides I would say that this is a fatal flaw in the blade.

    I have broken a PK blade in two when cutting some years ago, but it was an older version. I can't tell what version you have, but considering its age, its probably 2nd Gen.


    Hanwei have just come out with there 4th Gen line and with options for light and heavier blades for cutting. At least you have a few more options to consider within a reasonable price range.
    Respectfully, the basic PK was in its fourth generation by 2003 and the next runs were the lighter/narrower blade profiles that continue on in the "classic" line up. It was in the late 2003 and early 2004 range that broken PPKs started being reported and folk were looking for the older, beefier blades.

    @The original poster J. Yes, a crack means don't use it anymore. It is really a good idea to check edges and the overall both before and after cutting sessions. Even during extended sessions.

    Cheers

    Hotspur; My PK (spring 2003) has been fairly problem free but it hasn't seen the use some have

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    That looks like a crack, and past the hamon at that. Time for a new sword.
    ?

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    Just a quick visual and it obviously a crack -do not use - send to scrap ! If you had access to dye penetrant test it would be obvious to anyone...If you found it in it's earliest stage you could have ground it out .
    Ascertained with certainty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen C. View Post
    Respectfully, the basic PK was in its fourth generation by 2003

    Dam I'm getting old, the one I broke was second Gen, and my first Gen version had chips develop all along the length of the blade. They have gotten better with newer models, just not the thin blades as much.
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