This is interesting considering that 5160 seems to be such a good steel for big knives due to resistance to chipping and breaking. Probably too hard of a blade. I've heard of 'em loosening up quite a bit though. I would expect 52100 to chip, but not 5160. When it comes to 52100 I would have to quote Kevin Mclung in stating that 52100 comes from ball bearings, which are extremely hard, and have no sharp edges
First, let me apologize for not bringing this to everyone's attention in the proper manner. This is the first time I have taken it upon my self to do a knife review and was in the middle of it when Cliff brought up the issue of flex in Becker knives. Like an eager beaver I chimed in and one thing led to another as conversations do...and here we are with a sort of confusing link to another post that says it talks about Beckers but is supposed to talk about Marbles. So I think we should start again in a more formal way and I will post again and tell everyone the full story of what happened with the Trailmaster.
Second, let me just say that I am a loyal Marble's user as is my family and have owned several of your fine knives over three generations. I did post the pics of the blade to open up the discussion on how this may have happened, please do not view this as an attack on Marbles in any way as some have suggested. This happens in production made knives, it
happens to custom made knives. It happens...Murphy's Law. I have absolutely no bias against any company. I do not make knives or work in the knife industry. I am a backpacker.
I am not a knife professional, simply a user.
I'm still working on a full review of production-made backpacking/camp knives comparing the CS Recon Tanto, BK&T Magnum Camp Knife, Randall #14, HI 15" Sirupati, the A.G. Russell 1969 Camp Knife and when and if I get it back, the 7" Trailmaster. The weight limit is one pound and it will be asked to chop through a 2X4, slice a tomato, cut nylon rope in one slash motion, and open a can of baked beans. Finally it will be evaluated on looks...is it pretty or not? The way you would look at a fly rod or a double gun. As you can see this is all very personal criteria and it probably will only be useful to other people that use knives for exactly the same thing and have similar tastes.
There is no real way for a knife to" fail." since it may not be designed to do what I am using it for. I am not a knife expert, I'm just a guy stumbling through trying to find the right knife for the best job the only way I can figure how...trying them out.
So with all that, I will go write exactly what happened with the Marbles Trailmaker on a new post so that people don't have to sift through different links and info to find what they need. Thanks, and again I apologize for not bringing this to your attention in the correct way.
The pen is mightier than the sword...but not as much fun!