I was in Gridania, the city proper so no mobs to speak of, a level 12 Lancer going through my inventory every so painfully selecting things to sell and things to keep and craft. Without a doubt, I am 100% sure that I had no damaged gear on me (at least not to the point of giving me the yellow icon).
So I get done selling stuff and I decide, let's turn some of this Flax into whatever the **** Flax turns into. So I switch to Alchemist, open my crafting window only to realize I only have 3 Flax. I need 4 to make anything. Oh well.
Stand up, switch back to Lancer and BAM. Damaged gear yellow icon appears. WHAT?! Just thinking about crafting damaged my gear.
Is this a bug? Can doing NOTHING really damage my gear?