Yeah, anything that big with large teeth will give you a scare but alligators aren't very aggressive by their nature unless a female is protecting a nest or they are VERY hungry. A guy working with my wife was attacked by a female his first day on the job. He was wading through the marsh at a nature preserve here in South Florida and got too close to the nest. She (the gator) didn't puncture his hip waders so he just had some bruises but it sure scared the out of him. The company ordered a bunch of Sogfari knives for anybody that went in the field so I ended up with my wife's when she left the company. I use it when chopping sometimes if my Battle Saw isn't close by.