Gossman Knives Challenge knife by Scott Gossman
http://www.gossmanknives.com/Originally Posted by Gossmanknives
This knife impressed me from the get go. My first thought holding this knife was “Heavy Duty”. The knife is 9 1/2" overall, 3/16" thick by 1 1/2" wide, 4 3/4" blade, 4 1/2" cutting edge, 4 3/4" handle. RC 60/61. Full convex with secondary convex edge.
Fit and finish on this knife is flawless. I really can’t say anything else on this aspect.
The willow leaf shape, one of my favorites provides plenty of straight edge for chopping, batoning, and carving as well as belly for skinning and scraping.
The generously contoured micarta handle is instantly comfortable in all of my common hand holds. The thick, high quality leather sheath is Scott’s usual bombproof flawless designs.
The edge came very sharp and easily sliced through free hanging paper. Scott puts a strong durable edge on his knives and this one is no different. The Challenge handles daily camp tasks like cutting saplings, whittling sharp points, making wedges, batoning, etc. with ease. A bit more effort is required for cutting fibrous materials, carving implements, feather sticks. It will still get the job done mind you but this is where a thinner grind would be preferable. This is the trade off for having such a strong edge. After use by three testers, the edge only required a stropping to bring it back.
In the kitchen, meats, cheese and veggies were a breeze. This was one of the few knives that I did get to test in the kitchen before relinquishing this task to Big Mike. Obviously not a thin kitchen slicer and peeling was difficult but it gets the job done.
Overall, this knife would be a top choice for me as a survival knife. It’s small enough not to leave behind but stout enough for everything you can throw at it. Paired with a SAK Farmer or a thin little fixed blade and a buck saw or an axe and you could spend a long time in the bush.
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