Cold Steel Trail Master REVISITED

The Cold Steel Trail Master in SK-5 is my favorite wilderness survival blade for a reason… a few, actually. With it’s excellent blade design and tough steel, remarkable balance and control, and comfortable, insulating handle, it offers performance and reliability in any condition. All that in a very affordable package! It’s my favorite, but it’s not perfect… 9/10

25 Comments on "Cold Steel Trail Master REVISITED"

  1. You wanted the video to be “shorter” but you spent almost two minutes talking about your philosophy towards video-making. Seems like a contradiction, but that’s a very minor complaint.

    Great review! Thank you!

  2. applevalleyjoe | September 14, 2010 at 4:47 pm |

    Didn’t see anything different in this review from your last one…did I miss something? Again, where are you getting the knife for $80-90? Appreciate input on this. Thanks.

  3. Hey Icychap, Thanks for the time you take to make these videos! I have a Recon Scout and I LOVE it, I was just wondering what you think of the Busse Bushwhacker Mistress against the Trail master, I just can’t get over Busse’s price! whats up with their prices? Thanks alot!

    Who dares, Wins!

  4. @EasternGateGuardian I’m quite surprised. From everything I’ve heard they tend to stand behind their products. That’s really too bad.

  5. EasternGateGuardian | September 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm |


    tks for the response, sadly after over a week, Cold Steel has not responded to my inquiry. I hope I won’t have to voice out my disapointment via a youtube/dailymotion negative review. I still hope I’ll to get some good customer service, it’s not like their products are underprice…far from it.

  6. @EasternGateGuardian I have never experienced this, even after modifications directly to the guard. I would contact Cold Steel – it sounds like a defect to me.

  7. EasternGateGuardian | September 14, 2010 at 6:52 pm |

    damn, the guard on mine became loose with side to side play after accidentally dropping it from sheath on a rock on the ground. Would this be a manufacturing issue?

  8. do not stop adding fact sheets that is my most important research aspect (FUCK WHAT THE RETARDS SAY) information is key!

  9. Umm … so how was this a revisit? He just repeats the points from the 1st video …

  10. What do you think of the San Mai version? Is it worth the extra 100 bucks?

  11. carbon v = close to 1095 not san mai. read that a bit closer 😉

  12. @gundude73 san mai 3 is a laminated steel meaning that it is made with multiple layers of steel. the core is a soft steel and the outer shell a harder steel, nothing like 1095

  13. @vikingdeath666 It is indeed. The tang encompasses the lanyard hole and extends a little less than 1/4″ beyond it.

  14. vikingdeath666 | September 14, 2010 at 11:08 pm |

    is this knife full tang?

  15. @icychap Thank you and sure will. 🙂

  16. @CaptainFur The kydex sheath and thigh rig was custom made by Red Hill Sheaths. Tell them icychap sent you!

  17. Very good review. Like to know where you got your sheath made?

  18. GreenFire7676 | September 15, 2010 at 1:13 am |

    No Carbon V is not 1095, it IS Kabar’s 1095 crow van… sounds similar but its alot different. It has more elements than just carbon and maganeese(1095). carbon v is 52100 with added vanadium=52100b.

  19. Carbon 5 is just marketing. just like San Main 3. it is nothing special. most likely just a modified 1095.

  20. GreenFire7676 | September 15, 2010 at 2:26 am |

    Man I wish I could get one of these is Carbon V, its way better that sk-5, 1080(sk-5)<52100b(carbon V) it is like using a .223 to a .308. Carbon V is superior in every aspect (edge retention, toughness, strength, etc) San mai 3 isn't worth half the price, it won't hold an edge better that 1080(sk-5) yet it costs way more.... when will they bring back Carbon V? (I like cold steel, I own a few of their knives including an srk in carbon V and that knife is off the wall)

  21. I bought the one in this video online. I have purchased other TMs and never paid more than $140.

  22. superassassin47 | September 15, 2010 at 2:49 am |

    where did u get ur on the cold steel site it says its in the low 400s

  23. where can i find one for 80-90 on the web site it says 230

  24. envirosponsible | September 15, 2010 at 3:48 am |

    Nice videos. You mentioned in the previous video to this one that you would modify the guard. It’s easy to do. I modded my Recon Scout guard and like it way better.

  25. myactionhobbies | September 15, 2010 at 4:18 am |


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