I took it to the "big family campout" of my wife's side of the family (four daughters, all married). My father-in-law declared a "most interesting cutlery contest", limited to one entry per male with the ladies judging. I entered the HI Bowie, but it garnered only one vote. Winner was my smart-ass youngest brother-in-law who brought a cross-cut saw that barely fit in the length of a full-size pickup box. You may draw your own conclusions.
If the pic is still up on Rusty's post in the thread there is a pic of the very first AK Bowie, 2nd generation that was made from a wooden model I made and sent to Uncle Bill.
There wouldn't have been any bending the AK Bowie so it wasn't tried in the test. And it still has the edge that I steeled the bit of deformity out after the test. There was no need for further sharpening.
Each person's work is always a portrait of himself.
Mine sees action doing everything from trimming wallpaper to cutting up meat (frozen and thawed), splitting wood (although not REAL big stuff), and whatever else I can think of at the time. The balance on this knife is really good, mine weighs in at about 2 1/4 pounds, but doesn't feel nearly that heavy. It also opens some eyes from people who are accustomed to seeing "standard" bowies!!! (LOL). It ain't for the faint of heart, but it is definitely for the Khuk affectionado, big, sharp, and built to last through a nuclear war!!!
I'd rather sleep next to a Bush than be Gored!