Well, after a bit of thinking in regards to what BubbaGanew has added to this thread, I state again, as long as the weld is done right and annealed, the weld should not be a weak point. If I really got the itch to do the stacked leather handle, I probably still would purchase a gov-tac. If I really wanted to beat on a knife, the gov-tac wouldn't be my first choice regardless of tang design. I have my share of "heavy duty" knives (Scrapyard and Ranger) that I can use for that. Heck, I'm sure my Seal 2000 could take anything I could or would ever throw at it. I guess there's my SOG Tech II, but that knife is pretty much brand new and far to pretty for me to use right now. Anyway,my opinion of the original SOG Government, as well as the Gov-tac has been that they look like good all around use camp knives, not heavy use door breaching knives. Well, that's my 2 cents worth.