Recalling the years of my youth when farmers, blacksmiths, and trades people used materials at hand to fashion necessary tools required to deal with every day chores, I recalled that there was talk about the way steel sounded against a sharpening steel or stone - that a dull sound meant one was good while a more ringing sound indicating a poorer steel. That could have been the reverse statement - just can't recall exactly. Steel then as well could be bent and then hammered back straight again, not snapping off like some of the knife points I have used today do. I realize a knife was not intended to be used in a manner that would expose such a risk, however, the reality is it happens sometimes. Could I impose upon the viewers and the members here to offer an opinion or two.