Several theories have been proposed for the failure of metals, as well as for the angle of crack propagation in mixed mode loading. In order to demonstrate the validity of these theories, the majority of tests have been carried out with an oblique crack placed in a uniaxial stress field. Better testing conditions may be achieved by placing a crack in a uniform bidimensional stress field. A specimen which was recently developed for KIIC measurement may be readily adapted to achieve a bidimensional stress field and be used for mixed mode testing for the case in which shear deformation is dominant. The main aims of this study are to examine both the cracked and uncracked specimen by means of photoelasticity and finite elements in order to analyze the capabilities and limitations of this specimen for mixed mode testing. It will be demonstrated that there exists a nearly uniform biaxial field in the uncracked specimen. Moreover, calibration formulas will be presented for KI and KII.