I think these things are supposed to come with a several-year warranty. I know that I am not the only person
to have experienced this tragedy recently. And I'm damn sure that these needles are fairly pricey and not supposed to be disposable.
They're certainly not supposed to do this only 2 inches into the second sock ever knit on them. I'm sorry about the focus and exposure issues; I was too peeved to do proper photography. And, for the record, I'm not a 'gripper' or 'squeezer' of needles, even when cabling. And I'm not a tight knitter, either - I almost always get gauge at the suggested needle size.