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I'm trying to decide between these two large knives. The trailmaster is nice, and has a better blade shape than the RTAK ,but the Trailmaster's handle kind of sucks and isn't very durable. The Rtak's blade isn't as nicely shaped, but the handle is, while not as comfortable, almost indestructable from what I've heard...both sheaths kind of suck, although the Trailmasters is probably tougher, while the rtak's is more modern and useful...

Is there much difference between sk-5 and 1095? I've been happy with my 1095 knives so far...

Who here has owned one? How hard to you thump on it? I'll be shelter building with whichever I choose, along with chopping and hacking quite a bit. I'm personally not into thin bladed machetes...I like a knife.
 

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A good value 1/4 inch thick 9 to 10 inch blade is hard to find.

A good value 3/16 inch thick version is easier to find, but it just seems a little thin for a large chopping knife, IMO.

Ranger RD9 was a good option but Ontario's version starts to taper from 1/4" at the handle. :mad:
 

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I don't know about the newer Trailmasters but I have an original 1 st generation Carbon V trailmaster made in 1988 and I've never had a problem with the handle and it's 21 years old. TP
 
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