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SHOT Show 17 – The Goodman Special Operations Combat Knife from Abraham and Moses Survival Equipment

Bill Geissele’s sons Abraham and Moses began showing an interest in knives, so he started a new company, Abraham and Moses Survival Equipment, to help them learn about the business. They are some very fortunate kids.

For one of their first knives, they partnered with Retired Special Operator and Master Knifemaker Lou Goodman. Lou has been making knives for his fellow Soldiers for years, and now that he is retired has taken up the art professionally.

The Goodman not only shares his name, but also incorporates features he wanted in a combat knife. He related that when he was a younger man, he often carried large knives but that they often just got in the way while carried, so he made the Goodman as a more agile size. He also incorporated and extended guard to prevent the hand from sliding onto the blade. Additionally, the ricasso has been lengthened to allow the user to ‘choke up’ on the blade for detailed tasks and the Goodman features a choil-less edge to prevent snagging during combat.

This 12.4 oz full tang knife is 10 5/8″ long with a 5.655” long and .210″ thick blade, which is made with Carpenter PD1 steel. They’ve differentially heat treated the blade and tempered it six times. This creates an edge that is sharp and a strong core at 60 HRC. The blade is then finished with G10 Handles and a hi-tech Nano Composite Coating to prevent wear and rust.

The 7.4 oz sheath is an interesting design, machined from a billet of 7075 aluminum with a nylon liner. It incorporates a drain hole and the different attachment systems are user configurable. In addition to PALS compatibility, the sheath can also be belt worn, or lashed to equipment.

You’ll notice a small notch in the blade. This will interface with a catch on the sheath, they refer to as an active retainmemt device. To draw the knife, use your finger to depress the catch and pull the blade free. The active retainment device is used to keep the knife in place during activities like parachuting, and swimming as well as mounted and urban operations. However, it can be removed and Lou assures me the knife will stay in place via friction for most uses.

Here you can see the Goodman mounted to its designer’s JPC which gives you a great idea of the size of the knife and how much real estate it will take up.


– Eric Graves
SSD Editor

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12 Responses to “SHOT Show 17 – The Goodman Special Operations Combat Knife from Abraham and Moses Survival Equipment”

  1. Marcus says:

    Very nice, practical design. But where can it be purchased? There is no info on the website

  2. Collin says:

    That prototype JPC though.

  3. VERY nice. Wonder how much it will be?

  4. John C. says:

    Finally someone is thinking about knife design. An ergonomic handle, proven utilitarian blade design and an intention in the blade that helps retention. Bravo, good work. $750, while high, is not unreasonable if it’s not factory made.

  5. Jon says:

    That is a great looking knife with excellent proportions and construction. What are the benefits of the machined billet sheath? Was that found to be necessary to get the retention feature to function correctly?

  6. Jack says:

    Aren’t they worried about negligent stabbings with that kind of release on the holster… I mean sheath?

  7. SamHill says:

    A very reasonable looking knife SSD. Good materials and US made.

  8. Terry says:

    I like it, especially the sheath, but not at that price. For that kind of money I’d want it made of titanium.

    I would suggest a modification to the sheath retention for PALS though; as it currently stands, it will take up 3 MOLLE columns, due to the single row of PALS grid in the centre. If you had two rows offset, it would only take up 2 columns.

  9. ALAN says:

    Nice knife, but for that price I can buy a Randall.

  10. Tom says:

    I emailed them about purchasing 1 of each model. If they read this. Please sell the aluminum sheath separate I personally would rather Kydex or leather for 2 reasons. 1. I wanna be as light as possible always. 2. I don’t want be pissed if I damage or mar up an aluminum sheath. I really would like a lower price without it. make it optional.