Cold Steel Trail Master – Favorite Large Fixed Blade Survival Knife

***UPDATED – Check out my *REVISITED* video on this knife! *** When it comes to survival and bushcraft capabilities, my favorite knife to employ is the Cold Steel Trail Master in SK-5. It is heavy, but not unwieldy, and very well balanced. The bowie design is modified to keep the tip strong for prying and digging, and allows for solid batoning. The incredible 5/16″ thickness makes this the superlative knife for splitting, as it functions like a chisel. The kraton handle allows for positive grip in all conditions, and will insulate your hand from shock and cold. The only modifications I would make to the knife are to remove the top half of the hilt, and to apply some jimping to the spine of the blade. But other than that, this is really an exceptional wilderness survival blade in all respects. All that and a very economical price. 9/10

25 Comments on "Cold Steel Trail Master – Favorite Large Fixed Blade Survival Knife"

  1. @tac94540 Good comment, thank you. I agree 100% that the limitations of a large blade are based upon the user’s ability, whereas the limitations of a smaller blade are inherent to the size and design of the knife.

  2. @serpentineBOA lots of people have survived for years in the wilderness without bringing large amounts of food or a gun. there are edible plants, fish, and small animals that are easily trapped. a human can survive indefinately as long as he/she is prepared and know what to do. and a kabar is a great knife to bring, no joke, but i can think of quite a few i would rather have.

  3. who cares how old the design is, obviously it is still very relevant. this is also my favorite knife. this is the knife that i would definately not forget to bring if i knew that i would be away from civilization for a long period of time. the reason is that you can do stuff with this knife that you can do with smaller blades, maybe with more difficulty, but you can’t do things with a small blade that are suited to a large design.

  4. tell me that u said that no one blade will b corrrod and now u r saying that a carbon steel blade get corrosoin from moisture

  5. @serpentineBOA i agree 100%

  6. @serpentineBOA : Since when has shelter building and processing firewood been a low priority in a survival situation?

  7. I agree! I love mine.

  8. @uzemakistyle Check out my recent vids – they include a demonstration with the Trail Master.

  9. wow 300-900. your asshole must be really sore

  10. uzemakistyle | August 25, 2010 at 7:19 pm |

    you should show a few demonstrations, even a few simple ones, gives more enjoyable video
    although the vid is great on its one

  11. SerpentineBoa1986 | August 25, 2010 at 7:31 pm |

    Your doing a review on a knife that is over 10 years old LMFAO.

  12. @serpentineBOA Wrong, chuck norris can live out of a fanny pack let alone a back pack.

  13. I never said this is part of a “SHTF” kit. If you decide to head into the wild for fun, as I and many viewers of this channel do, I feel this blade may serve as an ideal companion. Should an emergency arise, the knife can prove exceptionally capable during some of the tasks one may need to perform to effect their survival.

  14. serpentineBOA | August 25, 2010 at 8:20 pm |

    @serpentineBOA If you city people with your bug out bags come walking into the country with out your own cabin to try and survive off OUR PROPERTY. You are going to impeed on our food sources and lots of you will be shot by those real deal conservative right wing Americans that the media loves to hate. DOG EAT DOG.

  15. serpentineBOA | August 25, 2010 at 9:14 pm |

    In a real shit hits the fan senario, unless you got food stocked up and ammo and land out in the country you will NEVER make it. You cannot live out of a backpack!!! Survival is at its most just a temp way to keep you alive to get back to saftey. IN A REAL SHTF a heavy knife like that will be stupid. The least of your worries are building a shelter, and splitting large amounts of fire wood. a kabar 7 inch knife is all you will need and they are fairly lightweight.

  16. Wow, thank you for this video! I’ve been driving myself mad with confusion over how I could not find the carbon version, only this “sk-5” of which I had not heard. And worried that this was meant for decorative purposes or something. Awesome!
    This knife costs $900 from my local store, but only $300 if I import it från the UK 🙂

  17. I highly recommend it. It is my favorite, after all.

  18. Ggreenvideos | August 25, 2010 at 10:31 pm |

    That is a nice knife. I think that might be my third chopper :o)

  19. SluggySlugworth | August 25, 2010 at 11:21 pm |

    Where are you people getting these knives at these prices?Cheapest ive found is $180 , and on average $200-250.

  20. superassassin47 | August 25, 2010 at 11:44 pm |

    its a good knife but cost a little much

  21. i thing its fucking awesome knife !!
    best wishes from me icychap

  22. I agree that, given the option I would have another knife with me, too. I usually bring a RAT3 for smaller tasks, and I have used Moras in the past. I also love the Benchmade Activator.

    And I always have a multitool with a blade.

    But if I could only bring one, this would be it.

  23. pikulicluka | August 26, 2010 at 1:12 am |

    I’m sorry to say this: but I actually think this blade is to big for any bushcraft tasks… 9.5″ is huge, and for bushcraft task, I’d rather prefer a smaller blade (something like a Fallkniven F1, or a Mora 2000). That’s just my opinion, of course. I agree that if you don’t have the opportunity to take an axe with you (which I definitely see as one of your primary bushcraft tools), this blade would be great….

  24. husnainanwaar1992 | August 26, 2010 at 1:38 am |

    if you were stranded in a jungle or a desert whit nothing but one knife whitch whould it be

  25. Outstanding job. You covered all my concerns. I am buying one this week.

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