Today I had started documentation of a knife comparison, the contenders being: the Buck 'Reaper' and the Johnson Adventure Blade Ka-bar 'Potbelly', both US made. Not exactly equal, but both new and itching to be used. It's winter and I need to get out of the house, but I digress. Being new here, just a 'lil about me: I'm a tool guy. I use them to earn a living, use them for their intended purpose, never abused. Anyway, through the battoning portion, the Potbelly broke clean at the choil. I've never seen anything like it. This was an approximately 4" dia log, taking a 1/2" slab from the side of it. Seasoned apple. The baton I used was about 1 1/2" in dia, which I had used during the chopping portion, and was cut about half way through. There was definitely not a lot of force being put on this blade, which incidentally, is 1/4" x 7". Certainly nothing I haven't done with less imposing blades. This knife was purchased through Amazon on a co-worker's order...he has the Prime membership. Question: should I have it returned through Amazon, or contact Ka-bar directly to remedy this situation, possibly making them aware of a potential design flaw. Having read the reviews before ordering, I had seen where this had happened to two others. I simply overlooked the two from hundreds (?) of other reviews, dismissing them as being bone heads. Opinions and suggestions welcomed and encouraged....thanks all!