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Trail Master Is In The House

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by jazub, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. jazub

    jazub Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    BAM! -Lynn Thompson Claus Was Here :thumbup::D:thumbup:

    i've kept a Cold Steel catalog beside the most manly place in the house (the throne) for months, and pictures of the Trail Master have been the objects of much longing on most visits. when Christmas came, i had cash in my hands for about 2 minutes before the Trail Master was on order. today, finally, it has arrived. what a beast; this thing is awesome. it arrived like a 17oz razor. truly a fun knife to handle.

    i know this knife has been around a long time and also that there are some CS haters out there. anybody who is bored by this knife or doesn't support Taiwan's independence ;) can feel free to look elsewhere. for the rest, here are some pictures of this sweet ass knife:


    for size comparison, with Busse Basic 11:



    the Christmas tree shivered and wept needles when this bad boy came into the house. it knows what's going to happen in the alley next week:


    -an incidental side note: the good boy in the red hat pictured in the Christmas tree, Norm Peterson, is getting "cut" today. i hope you enjoyed the riches that were your jewels while you had them, Norm. i salute you.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2010
  2. sak_collector


    Jan 25, 2005
    Gotta love the TM. One of Cold Steel's greats. Enjoy it.
  3. vwb563


    Jun 29, 2007
    Enjoy it! I've had a few them. They're an awesome feeling knife and excellent chopper as well. Just remember to wear gloves when you do any heavy chopping. The soft kraton handle gives and excellent grip but will wear a blister on ya! Take care.
  4. PropThePolecat


    Jan 31, 2009
    You saw. You wanted. You bought. Now go enjoy it and post some pics of it splitting wood!
  5. jazub

    jazub Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    thanks, gents.
    unfortunately, the city of Chicago is not so well known for its forests so i can't rush out into the woods at the moment. however, this bad boy will go to work out back when i take the tree out on the 2nd. thanks for the gloves tip, too.
    in the meantime, this thing just feels great to handle. it will be on bbq duty until it gets to chop. slicing smoking meats from the Weber will have to do in the short term :thumbup:
  6. jacktrades_nbk


    Feb 7, 2007
    very cool looking knife, congrats :D
  7. fmajor007


    Apr 1, 2010
    Congrats on the buy!!! I love mine and yup it works at slicing meat, veggies and splits wood with no prob!
  8. vwb563


    Jun 29, 2007
    You're very welcome! Just a small thing I learned from taking mine on a many camping trip! ;)
  9. ElectrikHellfire


    May 19, 2008
    Congrats! Post some pics of the tree after the execution.


    Nov 24, 2008
    congrats,you need a southern comfort sheath to pack it...
  11. clearytja


    Oct 17, 2002
    I am trying not to buy anymore fixed blades....you Sir are not helping.
    Congrats on the knife and enjoy.
  12. MattinLA


    May 31, 2006
    Wait!! You're not gonna turn the Trail Master into the Jewel Master are you? Save Norm!

    Seriously if The Swamp doesn't release a big Chopper soon I'm gonna have to look into that knife.

    If you can do a Chop off between the B11 and CS TM that would be awesome. Also how do the handles compare to Res-C?
  13. MattinLA


    May 31, 2006
    oh yeah and anyone that stands up for their independence is OK by me...GO TAIWAN!!!
  14. stormyone


    Dec 19, 2006
    The trailmaster is an awesome knife.
  15. jazub

    jazub Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    haha. poor, poor Norm.
    yeah, my waiting for a bowie was over. hopefully the Rat Solution will be a chopper; in the meantime, the Trail Master is great. apart from being textured, the kraton has a slightly more rubbery feel than the res-c, although the two don't strike me as hugely different.
    i will try to scare up some wood for a chop off and find an abandoned lot to test these two. waiting for spring camping isn't going to cut it.

    if anybody else has Trail Master pics to share, please do. i ran out of youtube videos of this thing to watch :D
  16. Mr. Bad Example

    Mr. Bad Example

    Dec 4, 2009
    Nice blade! Here's mine:


    Sorry I don't have any action pics. It is an old Carbon V with desert iron wood handles I put on.
  17. jazub

    jazub Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    killer coffin handle :thumbup:
    i like mine as it is but down the road i'd like to get a black micarta coffin handle. anybody know who does this?


    Oct 29, 2005
    ive always liked the lines of that design.

    thx for the pics!
  19. raindog101


    Jan 22, 2007
  20. fmajor007


    Apr 1, 2010
    There's a guy on coldsteels forums called 'picksmith' - i think - who put an awesome black micarta handle on a Laredo bowie and i'm sure he could/would do a Trailmaster.

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