5 From The Grinder with Scott Gossman

I had the pleasure of not only meeting Scott Gossman at a recent Bladesports demo that was held outside his shop, but also sharing a campfire with him that evening as well. His hospitality warm, and his knives were quite fine as well! Specializing in heavy duty, hard use knives, I got to see some impressive stuff in his cozy shop. See some of them after the jump, as well as Scott’s answers to our 5 From The Grinder series!

Question 1: What knifemaker(s) or designer(s) have had the biggest influence on you? Do you have any mentors?

Knifemakers that have influenced more so with my style of grinding are Bill Moran and Ed Fowler. They are both known for the convex grind which is the grind I favor over all others. I’m basically self taught with what I’m doing now but was taught the basics of knifemaking from my friend and fellow knifemaker, Glenn Smit. He showed me his way of grinding, profiling and handle work. He also gave me a basic course in heat treating.

Deer Creek

Question 2: What is your favorite knife pattern or style from history?

Probably my favorite style from history would be the bowie knife. I love to make big heavy, hard use camp knives/chopping blades.

Elk Handled Bowie

Question 3: What is the next big thing in knifemaking? / What direction do you see the industry going?

I think currently the biggest thing in knifemaking is the large selection of high tech steels that are being specially made for knife industry. I see blades steels that will be doing unreal feats as far as edge holding and blade strength.

Big Boar Tusker

Question 4: Is there a knife from your lineup that you feel best exhibits who you are as a knifemaker/designer in terms of design elements, aesthetic or techniques used?

I think I’m best known for heavy duty camp knives and medium duty all-around survival/bushcraft style knives. So I would say the Big Boar Tusker being my flagship knife and the 5″ blade standard Tusker a close second.


Question 5: What is your EDC and why?

My EDC is a Swisschamp and Leatherman. I do rotate my fixed blade EDC’s. I carry the UNK or a Polaris. The reason for these choices are, the SAK and LM get used daily in the shop and home. I like carrying a fixed blade for when I have the need to cut something quickly and may not be able to open a folding knife.

UNK (Utility Neck Knife)

Thanks to Scott for contributing to our 5 From the Grinder series (see more here)! He is a fine gentleman that I am embarrassed to say I didn’t even realize he was so close to me geographically. Located north of Baltimore near the Pennsylvania border, he is practically in my backyard! I predict this won’t be the last time I find myself in Mr. Gossman’s fine company.
To see more of Scott’s work you can check out his website (www.gossmanknives.com), his official forum on Bushcraft USA by clicking here, and his official Facebook page.


  1. cmeat says:

    unk should be added to online store.
    steel hones like his gst work really well in the field and for hard use edge touch ups.

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