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The 10-inch Trailmaker is an awesome performer. It effortlessly severs a free-hanging two-inch manila rope in one quick stroke. The convex ground blade is hand honed to a razor edge that has to be used to be appreciated. Webster Marble was an experienced outdoorsman who enjoyed being in the field in very rough terrain. That would explain his proclivity towards large knives with 6, 7, 8 and 10-inch blades. He began production of the Model 56 Trailmaker with a 10-inch blade in late 1908 or early 1909. About 25,000 were made between 1909 and 1958, including some 7-inch versions during the 1950s. Virtually all of these were made with stacked leather and stag handles. The 10-inch Trailmaker is laser cut from solid bars of high carbon 5160 modified carbon steel and subjected to a complicated multi-step process for proper heat treat and temper. This costly process ensures maximum edge holding, removes all traces of brittleness for strength and minimizes warpage. The blade and handle were each lengthened one-quarter inch. We also lengthened the choil and ricasso. The most obvious change is the thicker guard. By today's standards, this is a massive knife. It was vital to choose an appropriate steel that would have excellent edge-holding properties and also be able to tolerate the side pressure strength of rough use in chopping tasks. You can use the Trailmaker to clear a trail, build a shelter, construct a blind, and cut firewood. Or, just enjoy the esthetic beauty of these impressive knives. Blade length: 10" Overall length:15-1/2" Rockwell: 58C Blade Material:Carbon Each knife includes a high quality, oiled leather safety sheath.