- Dec 23, 1998
Well, there has been talk of comparing the Trailmaster against the BM, but I don't consider this a fair test after having seen what the BM can do from two independent testers. So I think instead, the better comparison is of the Trailmaster against a TUSK. I know all of the MD people are going to say that there is no comparison. Why? The following is why I think this would be an excellent comparison:
1. They are about the same size.
2. 0-1 steel has 0.85%-1%C, 1%Mn, .6%Cr, .3%Ni and 0.3%V.
Carbon V(50100-B) has 1.1%C, 0.4%Mn, 0.5%Cr and undisclosed Vanadium content.
It's obvious that these steels both boast very similar qualities and are good carbon steels.
3. Both manufacturers claim excellent heat treating and machining processes.
4. MD knives are hard chromed and CS knives are not. This increases wear rsistance but not corrosion resistance or toughness, so it is not a plus in my opinion.
5. I think both knives are flat ground and boast excellent edge geometry. I know CS knives almost always come razor sharp. I assume that so do the MD knives.
6. The CS trailmaster is 5/16 inches thick, which is considerably thicker than the MD. This is definitelly a plus for CS.
7. The MD has an extremely tough grip which is probably longer lasting than the CS(no doubt that it is, actually). The CS is, however, a full tang knife. Again both have plusses and negatives here.
I think that both of these knives have enough plusses and negatives to be quite comparable. This would be an excellent comparison and test. Will it ever be done?
Cliff Stamp has a Mad Dog Tusk that he will be comparing to some other knives. Does anyone with a Trailmaster want to see if it is up to the task. Cliff can test it along with the Tusk and compare both equally.