Posted June 26, 2007 by Howard
Cold Steel’s new Economy Trail Master
Why buy a Trail Master? That’s simple. Because it is, in the opinion of Cold Steel, the most knife for the money ever commercially built! In terms of sharpness, edge holding and strength, it will out perform most other knives. Style and Construction
The broad clip point of the blade is extremely resistant to bending or breaking. This is largely due to the fact that the tip is actually thicker near the point than what is seen on our competitor’s knives. This, however, does not mean that the point is dull or blunt. On the contrary, the point is almost needle sharp and offers tremendous penetration. Plus, the blade-back is equipped with a slightly concave false edge that measures approximately three and a half inches long. Every Trail Master’s edge has been honed by hand, then given a high speed buff until it is truly razor sharp and capable of easily shaving the hair off one’s arm. This knife is so sharp it will cut at the slightest touch. The Trail Master balances approximately 3/4″ in front of the guard for a slightly blade-heavy feel that is ideal for delivering heavy chopping and slashing strokes. The Trail Master’s Kraton handle is 5″ long and deeply checkered for a non-slip, shock absorbing grip. What’s more, its contoured cross section helps prevent the knife from shifting or turning in the hand when striking full power blows. The double guard is very study and rigidly fixed into place. It is long enough to keep fingers off the blade, yet short enough to avoid being tangled in clothing or equipment when the Trail Master is drawn.
Made with SK-5 High carbon steel. SK-5 is the Japanese equivalent of American 1080, a high carbon steel with carbon between 0.75%-0.85% and 0.60%-0.90% manganese. As quenched, it has a hardness near Rc 65 and produces a mixture of carbon rich martensite with some small un-dissolved carbides. The excess carbide increases abrasion resistance and allows the steel to achieve an ideal balance of very good blade toughness with superior edge holding ability. Due to these characteristics, this grade of steel has been used traditionally for making a variety of hand tools, including chisels and woodcutting saws, and has stood the test of time and use over many years in many countries