My favorite big chore knife
by Dave Pappas
this is the american made Carbon-V version
Before I really knew what I was doing I was a big fan of the bowie knives and the bigger the better, but I have come to the conclusion that one needs a selection of different knives for different tasks.
This is a review of my favorite big knife, it is the cold steel trail master bowie.
The carbon V full tang clip point blade is almost 1/4 inch thick at the spine with a blade length of 9 and 1/2 inches, it weighs in at a hefty 452 gr. The blade features a 32 degree flat ground cutting edge that holds an edge very well through the heaviest chores, and sharpens easily to boot. The guard on the ricosso keeps fingers off the blade in case of a slip and is also handy for thrusting manuevers. The checkered rubber kraton grip is very easy on the hand when chopping and whittling things in basic construction chores. This thing is a great wood splitter when batonned and can still shave tent pegs afterward.
The only downfall of this knife is the sheath. the construction is ok but not heavy duty. I was not pleased with the plastic tie string loop or the shoe lace material for the tie down. I would recommend a custom kydex sheath be made with a double snap affair to hold the knife securely one crossed over the hand guard and one wrapped around the handle.
All in all this is a really well balanced and heavy duty knife that I am not afraid to take out into the big woods.