I have NO experience with Skookum beyond the touch and feel. I look at it this way: there are consumer grades and industrial grades, and Skookum is industrial grade to say the least and as bullet proof as can be short of kevlar or iron plate. Expensive - you bet. Quality of this nature simply costs more.
If I should buy a Skookum, I will have language in my will to the effect that I want to be buried in it. Screw the ferryman of lore, I'll row myself...