The GSO-10 is SURVIVE! Knives large fixed blade survival knife offering. It's an animal that reminds me of a Roman Gladiator short sword. Larger blade survival knives are primarily designed to process large wood. While the GSO-10 does excel at that, it has much more to offer.
They really got serious about the ergonomics on this one (although I believe all SURVIVE! Knives to date had excellent ergo's). In the beginning of the article I mentioned the versatility/multi-functionality of the GS0-10. One of the main reasons for its versatility is by way of its handle design. Guy really hit a home run with this one! With the implementation of finger notches on the handle I had a really controlled grip. The design of the finger grooves also allows the user to choke up or down on the handle. Choking down helps with "head speed" when chopping or choking up for finer work.
Another new feature in the GSO-10 series is the hidden lanyard hole. I love lanyards on my knives and they should be standard. Something I have struggled with on many of my knives was the lanyard falling and getting in the way when not in use. Well Guy figured that one out too. The hidden lanyard hole keeps the lanyard out of the way when not in use. I did have to remove the Micarta scales to thread the paracord lanyard through the hole.
|The 10" blade facilitates in|
batoning wider diameter logs
Even after all the work I put the GSO-10 through, it remained shaving sharp. Very impressive to say the least.
Let's talk about combat use for just a second. If deployed and my primary weapon system failed. Would I rather have a tactical folder or the GSO-10? In a "hands-on" situation I would definitely prefer the 10 inches of CPM-3V to fight my way out of a bad situation. With the weight of the GSO-10 you can execute devastating strikes to a wrong-doer and keep you in the fight another day.
People usually love or hate large bladed survival knives. I prefer them over hatchets or woodsman axes when humping a pack. They are lighter to carry than hatchets and axes They also offer versatility that you just cant get with the latter, such as skinning game.
Just as with all SURVIVE! Knives: sheaths, cerakote, and micarta handles are all up for customization.
The GSO-10 is a monster that begs to be worked. It has to be my favorite SURVIVE! Knife to date. From the ergonomics, weight, fit and finish; its the total package in a large bladed survival knife. A lot of care is taken in production of every single one of SURVIVE! Knives, something that has been lost in America as of late.
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