Well I guess it has to happen some time. When I went to quench the blade it cracked. This sucks. After hours of work to shape and clean up the blade it cracks on one of the last steps. I even had the handle started. I hope then next one doesn't crack when I heat treat it because I made them both out of the same file. Well it serves the the little sucker right it gave me a lot of trouble when I was doing the bevel. Man it would have been i nice little skinner.