I see that there are people on these forums
that don't believe that their anchor
is capable of bending the shank.
They all can, its normal. Just bend it back.
crack testing makes more sense than worrying about bending. Its nice of some manufacturers to replace them though... maybe in the future they should replace them after the 3rd time bent.
All that has to happen is that your anchor
does not rotate fully in a wind
shift and if the wind
is strong enough, then it might bend.
If you have a meter of shank, then there is a possibility of it bending no matter what steel
its made out of. Especially when the thickness is under 20mm.
But in fairness, if I had an anchor with under 20mm of shank thickness and it bent under normal retrieval, I might get a bit annoyed about that.