That looks GREAT Scott!
For those interested this is made in O-1 steel, 8" blade, 1/4" thick, 2" wide, 5" handle, 1/2" exposed tang, 1" ricasso, brass guard, bolts, and brown micarta handle slabs 3/8" thick. I wanted to try out a ricasso / guard combination in place of a traditional choil this time around.
Now let me give you the rest of the story...
When I received my previous Tuskers they were extremely comfortable but I wanted a bit more meat on the handle. I visited Scott and we spoke and he drew out a design on a piece of O-1 and the project began.
Scott sent me a picture. I sent him comments. He sent me another e-mail. I sent him comments. He took a piece of scrap steel and tried what I suggested and I realized that it wouldn't work with my vision of the handle design. I measured a bunch of knives and sent him suggestions. He looked at my ideas and made recommendations. We e-mailed back and forth and back and forth.
You want to talk about patience?
Scott and I traded 48 e-mails and nine pictures back and forth to get the handle on this one designed the way it is.
That shows Scott's patience / customer service and my borderline unhealthy over-thinking of everything.
That is why I will give my money to Scott Gossman from here on out. Scott takes your ideas and makes them reality! Even better Scott tells you when he cannot do something or when your ideas can be executed but upon completion will produce a knife that will be a pain in the butt to use.
Thank you again Scott! I look forward to getting this one in my hands!
Gossman Knives Tusker User Group #32