Large bowie style knife with nylon sheath.
Comes scarey sharp out of the box. Combined with its weight makes it a formidable piece of steel.
Beautiful feel in your hand. Well balanced for such a large knife.
Strongest blade your likely to find on the planet. 7.5mm of layered steel.
Grip is as good as i've ever used. Feels secure even with very sweaty hands on ahot day. Seems durable but i wouldn't let your dog chew on it or anything.
Tacticaly its an intimidating weapon. Anyone who'll fight you while your holding one of these bad boys has to either extreamly desperate or a nutjob. Good reach & would create devastating wounds.
Ideal for bushcrafts. With its sharpness and weight rough carving, limb lopping and general making of stuff is a pleasure. You could build a log cabin with this knife.
Heavy. Carrying the thing around is a chore. I only wore it on belt for one walk, before strapping it to my pack. Even then its weight is too much compared to what else is available. A old fixed blade i can treat rough and a folding saw have replaced it in my pack.
Expensive. I bought it for AU$650 on special and i've heard of people spending up to AU$900 for it. While its an amazing knife, you could achieve pretty much the same tasks with a lot cheaper kit.
While the blade its self is as tough as you're gonna get the edge is still susceptable to nicks and such especially considering the rough treatment a knife like this is gonna cop. Don't believe the Coldsteel demo videos showing the Trailmaster repeatedly stabbing a car bonnet without any apparent ill effects. I took 0.5mm off the tip when i slipped while sharpening it. This could of course happen with any knife though.
Tactically its weight is a real problem. Swinging the thing is sort of like swinging a hatchet. Unles you're a man mountain its going to slow you down.
The sheath supplied is a real disappointment. While well made and retains the knife well its a poor design. It moves around easily on you belt and the leg strap was essentialy a piece of string thats attached to a horizontal flat o ring. The only use i can think of for this ring is perhaps for under arm concealed carry, but again this isn't a fighting knife so that strikes me as odd.
The thumb stud is accessable but emits a loud click whenever you undo it. You cant draw this knife silently.
This one of the toughest sharpest knife i ever had the pleasure of handling, but i think it struggles to be a practical knife. Anything you could do with a Trailmaster you could do with cheaper and lighter kit.
With a custom sheath it could be an heirloom quality bit of cutlery, but if its not gonna be used then whats the point.
I'd be interested to see if anyone else has owned a Trailmaster and what their opinion of this famous knife.