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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.
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.
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 Dimensions: 23 x 8 x 2 inches ; 2.2 pounds
Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
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Item model number: 90TA
Worth twice what I paid.
46 people found this helpful.
on September 1, 2017
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.
26 people found this helpful.
on October 15, 2016
Works like a boss!!!! If it came with a sheath I’d give it the full 5 stars! So I made my own sheath for it with some pvc and it came out great. With dozens of times using this axe it has kept its performance and durability. I have had no trouble sharpening it, the head has not come loose, and the handle has not received any damage. I love the weight handle length, and design as a take anywhere and reliably get the job done tool! I sanded the hickory handle and stained it a shade darker to really bring out the beauty of the hickory and then taped off half way down the handle and put a few coats of polyurethane on the section close to the axe head for added protection. Love this Axe!!!
The Perfect Axe
3 people found this helpful.
on December 11, 2017
Firstly, at this price point the caveats I’ll present are a non issue. Awesome axe, if you can only afford one, this is it. The length is perfectly balanced, it feels lighter in hand than a fiskars X15, but it cuts and pops chunks out more effectively than a sharpened 36″ hardware store axe, while still being thick enough for light splitting, and being easy to use one handed. I used an 8″ file to debur the edge and the temper is perfect; took and held a shaving sharp edge, and survived a miss into the dirt without damage; for comparison my Fiskars axes take a bit of work to get to shaving sharp given how soft they are, but tend to chip easily. The head is mounted very securely with two german style rings, and the grain of the hickory came straight, inspiring confidence. The only annoyance on the handle is the laquer that is so ubiquitous, but some sand paper and wax and it came out beautifully; there aren’t any replacement handles available as far as I know, but it’s so inexpensive that if I break the handle, I’ll just buy the axe again. The only real downside is the lack of an available mask, as the provided blade guard is a temporary measure; I made a kydex cover, but if you don’t have this skill, this european head style is too large for a hatchet mask but too small for a felling axe type. I love this for everything from canping, to winter backpacking, to assaulting lumber like a medieval warrior, it really is the perfect all around axe.
Excellent axe for the price. No sheath included, would be best if it didn’t come covered in varnish/lacquer.
4 people found this helpful.
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.
Great general pupose axe
15 people found this helpful.
on October 3, 2017
I bought this axe after seeing Wranglerstar’s review and I couldn’t be happier with it.
Great axe for the price. Probably a great carving hatchet should the handle break.
2 people found this helpful.
on July 10, 2017
By D Mill
Picked it up before this current *strange* price hike. Surprisingly sharp out of the box. Great action, smooth feel. Chopping doesn’t feel like as much work. Although it is lighter and smaller than what I’ve used in the past and I haven’t used it to taken down anything larger than 1′ diameter yet. Love the handle, although I do feel that an over-exuberant *missed* (tired or possibly drunk) hit may cause the handle to crack. That prospect doesn’t bother me as I can just make a new one. Although I should probably make a leather guard for it. The head is great and should the handle break, I might just convert it into a carving axe. But yea, even at it’s current price of mid 30’s I’d probably buy another one. That handle feel. Does cold steel make killing weapons? I feel like that name sticks out for knives. They probably made this axe with fighting and not felling trees in mind. Seriously after one swing you’ll understand.
My go to axe for backpacking.
2 people found this helpful.
on December 24, 2017
By Rick U.
I had mixed feelings about ordering one of these Trail Boss axes after reading the reviews, most were very favorable, so… I decider to bite the bullet and buy one, I`m glad I did !…I was really pleased with the one I received, it was as good as you could wan`t….the head was sharp enough to use, b I touched it up a little more, there were no blemishes and the fit of handle to the eye was tight, the orientation of the grain perfect !!.. this axe really has a bite and tears into whatever task your doing….;This tool is going to be my go to axe for backpacking, the price point great,as was the service and very fast delivery
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.