Cold Steel Trail Boss is a good quality axe at a good price

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Amazon Price: $47.99 $24.99 You save: $23.00 (48%). (as of February 23, 2018 9:19 pm – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Cold Steel Trail Boss Review

Looking for a good budget axe that won’t break your wallet then check out the Cold Steel Trail Boss. The Trail Boss is a nice entry level axe, lightweight and the perfect size to carry with you for most jobs.  We used the axe to chop kindling, clear roads and trails, to build blinds and fell a nice sized tree.  The Cold Steel Trail Boss is a good quality axe at a good price and that makes it good value axe to own.

Cold Steel Axe makes chopping wood an easy job.
Cold Steel Axe makes chopping wood an easy job.

Solid Wood Cutting Axe

The axe is a rugged camp axe featuring a European style axe head made from drop forged 1055 carbon steel. The Trail Boss is of comparable quality and price to the other hickory handled, carbon steel camp axes. The wood axe overall length is 23 inches, with a cutting edge of 4 ½ inches. The Cold Steel Axe weighs 2 pounds, 9.5 ounces. It has a straight-grained, American Hickory handle.

Easy to Carry

If you’re going camping, especially if the weather is cold, then bringing the Cold Steel Trail Boss with you is a no-brainer. The axe is compact enough to stow in most vehicles for easy transport.

Cold steel trail boss axe is a great budget axe. It's a true workhorse for chopping wood.
Cold steel trail boss axe is a great budget axe. It’s a true workhorse for chopping wood.

Plus, Trail Boss is light and compact enough to carry all day in your hand or secured to your pack frame, yet heavy and tough enough to make quick work out of most camping jobs. The axe blade takes a big bite with every swing. Cold Steel Camp Axe features a very stout straight-grained Hickory handle. Cold Steel Trail Boss is a good quality axe at a good price and will no disappoint.

 

 

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 8 x 2 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Origin:  USA
  • ASIN: B001CZ9UY4
  • Item model number: 90TA

Customer Reviews

Worth twice what I paid.

28 people found this helpful.
 on September 1, 2017
By Dan
I hate writing reviews but I had to for this product. I repair and renew many types of old tools but my favorite to do are axes. I have spent many hours hand working and using axes, so I own many of them. I have them from all makes, eras, countries, and price ranges. Honestly I bought this axe for stuff in dirt or around things like concrete where the edge could get destroyed and I wouldn’t think twice because it was some cheap tool. I was so very wrong. I have had this axe for 6 months now. It has fell multiple small trees, taken everything I have thrown at it, and now it has lasted through hurricane Harvey. I grab this little guy before all others in my collection now and never blink. It honestly has very little wear compared to what I have done with it. I will post pics. Yes mine doesn’t look like a standard trail boss but I assure you it is. The things I have done to mine are cosmetic and the axe is perfect out of the box. Good job Cold Steel, we appreciate you and your quality products down here in Houston.

Great general pupose axe

13 people found this helpful.
 on October 3, 2017
By MAJF
I bought this axe after seeing Wranglerstar’s review and I couldn’t be happier with it.

It still splits the wood nicely. I just don’t understand if the factory edge …

6 people found this helpful.
 on October 13, 2017
By Chip
I bought this based on a wranglerstar video online where he raved about it. It is ok. Second swing splitting ash and a large chip came out of the edge. I am too lazy and don’t care enough to take the time to return it. It still splits the wood nicely. I just don’t understand if the factory edge was too sharp or if is quality of the steel that made this happen. Other than that the handle is very nice and the head is firmly mounted.

A little pro tip.

9 people found this helpful.
 on August 20, 2017
By Amazon Customer
With a little elbow grease, it’s easy to make it look like an Axe. Seems pretty solid to me but I sanded the finish off and applied oil for several days before use.

This ax is an excellent buy for the money

3 people found this helpful.
 on January 10, 2018
By C or E Kleinman
This ax is an excellent buy for the money. The back poll is smaller than my other older style axes that don/t have a curve angle under the blade to clutch the ax and have more control. Less than 24 hrs for super fast delivery . all I had to do was get rid of the hump about 3 in down from the poll with a rasp and sandpaper. The ax edge needed a file and an stone to put on a sharp edge .Any 1000 grit stone or coarse stone will put a sharp edge on it . Since I got it for splitting hickory. it works well and can also be used for lopping limbs and cutting down small trees under 10 in in diameter. An excellent multipurpose tool for little money. Buy it !

Good axe. Will see how it holds up in real life. Light and seems like a great camp axe for backpacking.

One person found this helpful.
 on December 3, 2017
By Bryant Hayward
Seems to be a well-made axe. I like the weight, and it feels good in my hands. Did not come sharp, however, so I’ll need to spend some time sharpening it up. Reasons I can’t give it 5-stars: 1) it doesn’t come with a sheath (not even a cheap, junky one); 2) handled doesn’t seem to be one that would be easily replaced, and it doesn’t go all the way through the head. It’s the only wood-handled axe I’ve personally seen that does not go through the head; 3) not sharp.

Excellent axe for the price. No sheath included, would be best if it didn’t come covered in varnish/lacquer.

 on February 14, 2018
By Brian Carver
So far so good. I’ve had this about 6 weeks and have cut down quite a few smaller trees and limbed up some larger ones. The axe needs a good sharpening right away, but it has held its edge well so far. I have two complaints, neither major. First, it doesn’t come with a sheath, so get yourself a good leather sheath for it. Second, it has been varnished everywhere. You’ll need to remove the varnish/lacquer from the head to keep it from clogging up your sharpening stone, plus you are better off protecting the head with a light coat of oil wiped on it after each use. The axe handle in mine seems to have good grain and be sufficiently strong, but once again it comes varnished. Axe handles should never be varnished. They should be shipped unfinished and you should protect them by wiping on boiled linseed oil. This will keep the wood from drying out and splitting/cracking due to the drying. Varnish doesn’t work because it will chip and then allow drying, plus your hands won’t slide properly along the handle. I had to sand down the entire handle and then apply the boiled linseed oil.

This is also really good for making kindling

 on February 14, 2018
By Jake Tangren
First, know, that this is not a big axe (basically its a cross between a hatchet and a small felling axe) nor it is high end; so, while there is room for improvement, that would also mean the cost would go up.

Lifetime tool at an excellent price

 on February 7, 2018
By RTfact
This is a sweet little axe that is a handy weight and size, is well machined, and is perfect for limbing and trimming. It is a well made tool at a bargain price, with time-proven design and competent execution. It is difficult to imagine how it could be improved for my needs.