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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.
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.
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!!!
Good axe. Will see how it holds up in real life. Light and seems like a great camp axe for backpacking.
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.
My go to axe for backpacking.
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
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.
Small but good; best to have when chopping varying sizes of wood.
on April 24, 2016
Got this very sharp and started splitting wood! Learn how to avoid the knots, and you should be fine. It’s a two-hand length handle, but I was able to work on the bark of some of the pieces with just one hand. It took an edge very easily with a small flat diamond file. No blemishes as shipped, but that all changed by the 10th log or so…
on November 1, 2017
Good steel. Proper grain orientation. Decently hung.