Just another day on the staircase
One more thing, if you don't use the item, i.e. you have Fireaxe Zombie doesn't use any event cards during the fight so you choose not to roll for breakage, do you still kill the zombie on winning the fight or would that imply using the item and cause a breakage roll?
Unless u specifically used the fireaxe to stop an event card you would not roll for breakage. If you kill the zombie on the fight the item was not used (assume u just strangled him with your bare hands cuz ur awesome like that) and there is no breakage roll. There is only a breakage roll when u actually use the combat bonus.