I appreciate when a maker is willing to put their various products, components, and processes to the test in a bid for constant improvement and I especially like it when they share the results of the testing as a way to educate the consumer. Gough Custom has done things like this before with their cold weather kydex testing. Their latest test pits 6 different knife coatings against one another in trials that simulate real world knife use.
The test below is simple in method but fairly exhaustive in scope. It tests the abrasion and corrosion resistance of the various treatments including the coating that Gough Custom currently uses on their knives. Their current coating was clearly outperformed and, as a result, will be replaced.
There are some clear take-aways from this video:
- I really appreciate when a craftsman honors his craft and customers with methodical testing to make their own products better.
- DLC treatments perform impressively well as knife coatings.
- We are all smarter now.