I had the same thing happen when I tried to get a ruthless Sniper...(I already had an unreal sniper one of mine actually dropped w/ the prefix)I have a bit of an interesting one
I was trying to get ruthless vampire knives, so what does the tinkerer do? keep giving it godly. he wasted so much more money than I would have needed to spend if he kept reforging it to broken. I believe I got godly at least 20 times before getting ruthless. I had to go to my main world to get my giant stash of 999 platinum.