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Old 02-19-2008, 01:39 AM   #11
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I'd rather have a replacement, but I guess the glue option is worth a try. As you say, it's not an expensive knife.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:11 PM   #12
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The adhesive depends on how your fixing it.

First, SuperGlue? No. .... Just no.

Gorilla Snot? It's a foaming urethane and the best choice if you can clamp the crack closed during curing. Urethane glues are waterproof. If you can't clamp it closed the foam will leave pits for contamination to gather. See any one of the thousands of threads on sanitation. And Snot is not meant as a filler so unless it's clamped you won't get much strength. (PS: Use food service/ latex/ pvc gloves if your hands appearance is important)

I would use a 2 part epoxy intended for filling.
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Old 02-20-2008, 11:17 PM   #13
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Super glue makes a good small crack filler especially on polyurethane type finishes or resin infused wood. It is water proof, buffable and pretty good at building up cracks. It hasn't any mechanical bond strength but in a hairline crack it is just the ticket. The trick is to make sure the wood is dry or another crack may appear close by. GG would not be a suitable glue and epoxy would work if it was a clean two part fracture, no way to force it into the tiny fissure.

I have used super glue on electric guitar repairs especially to fix dings and chips on the heavy poly finishes they use nowadays. If it were a natural wood finish I would not use super glue but with a resin infused wood I see no problem.

Having said that on further inspection all three of the utility knives have developed tiny hairline cracks so it is a manufacturing defect of some kind. Two of them have not been used yet.
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:33 AM   #14
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I have retract my previous comments- after reading about the cracked knives you have I went thru my Kyoto block. Sure enough, several of 'em have very fine, hairline cracks in the handle. None have been dropped or otherwise abused, and a couple of cracked ones have never even been used!

All in all, even though they initially made a favorable impression given the low price, I'd have to give them the big thumbs-down. Even at $125 for the entire set with the block, one should be able to expect better.
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