After some use the tip of the Kershaw Lifter snapped while cutting some dry hard wood. The geometry of the blade, a narrow tanto tip, allows for some fine precision cutting but also makes it somewhat fragile. Keeping that in mind I wasn’t applying excessive force for but after getting caught in a knot and twisting the blade the tip did snap. I suspect heat treatment problems with this particular knife given the coarse gritty texture of the steel visible on the broken surface. This kind of problem can happen with any knife, there's always a chance of having a defective unit whenever mass production is involved. For a 18 usd knife, this isnt the end of the world, especially when you have a good warranty and the company takes care of it. I'll be sending the knife back to Kershaw and expect them to fix it under their warranty. After a few weeks of use, the knife was opening swiftly thanks to the Speedsafe system. It locked well and was a handy all around utility knife. I still think its an excellent budget knife, a good folder within its limitations which every knife has.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.