I found myself out hiking this weekend near a flooded lake (courtesy of Floyd)so needless to say the trails around the lake were often about 4 or 5 feet under water. So I had to circumnavigate these areas....that quickly translated into hacking my way through 10 miles of thick brush, downed tree limbs, and cutting poles for prodding my way through flood areas. After about six hours of this kind of work in wet swampy conditions my CS Gurkha Light Kukri performed like a real champ. It still had a great edge on it the next morning. After cleaning the blade w/ hot water and a scrub brush the only signs of any use were a bit of discoloration on the cutting edge which came off after sharpening...and a few minor scuffs on the blade coating. This knife is a real winner!