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Cold Steel Trail Boss Hickory Handle

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  • Overall Length: 23.00"
  • Handle Material: American Hickory
  • Hawk: 6 1/2"
  • Weight: 2.70 lbs.
  • Drop Forged 1055 Carbon Steel
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Product Description

The Trail Boss is light and compact enough to carry all day in your hand or strapped to your pack, yet heavy and tough enough for chores that would make a hatchet or tomahawk scream for mercy. Featuring a European style head with a 4" blade and a 4 1/2" cutting edge, it takes a big bite with every swing. Plus, it features a very stout straight-grained Hickory handle. Extensively field-tested by Lynn C. Thompson on a month long hunting trip in the outback of Australia, the Trail Boss was really put to the test. He used it to chop kindling, clear roads and trails, to build blinds and even to chop down a fair sized Gidgee Tree (one of the hardest woods found down under).

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 8 x 2 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B001CZ9UY4
  • Item model number: 90TA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,774 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Holds a sharp edge well.
Matt Steel
This is a well balanced axe, great size for camping, and is fitted to perfection.
Phil
The handle broke almost immediately.
Jonathan Cook

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By C. Mayo on December 21, 2010
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I own three of these guys(one in the truck, house, and one dedicated to my pack, because of there true versatility and cost they can not be beat, they excel in the North American forest and hold and keep and edge like the old axes of yesteryear, they all needed some edge work out of the box for superior edge abilty, the hafts are all straight grained hickory that i would expect on a gransfors, i have experienced no head slip or grain splits in any of them, if you want true performance and overall toughness give this axe a throw, it is as close to perfect as you could get for a 23" inch boys axe for bushing it! someone over coldsteel did there homework for a change!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JNieporte TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 29, 2012
The Trail Boss is Cold Steel's attempt to bring a good axe at a low price to the everyday person. It's made in China, but carries the quality of most Cold Steel products. After testing two of them, I really like this axe. The listed price is $33 plus shipping; this is average. The weights on the two Trail Bosses that I have are 2 pounds, 14 ounces and 2 pounds, 15 ounces.

The Trail Boss' handle is straight-grained American hickory. I strongly prefer to look at the grain before I buy an axe handle, and pick out the best, but this isn't possible with on-line purchases. I'll say that I'm pretty happy with the two I ended up with. The handle is 21-1/2" long, making a 23" long axe. The grain in mine are nice. There's a light coat of varnish to protect the wood from the elements, but this can be easily removed if you want to paint or stain the handle. A lanyard hole isn't provided, but a few seconds with a drill bit will fix that, if you wish. The handle is long enough to get a two-handed grip, but short enough that even an amateur can swing it one-handed. After using mine pretty seriously, the heads haven't loosened a bit. The head is pressed deep into the wooden handle, then driven through with a wooden wedge. That wedge is then driven through with an O-shaped piece of steel. This is all then trimmed down and painted black, to match the bulk of the head.

The head is drop forged 1055 carbon steel. It weighs 2-1/2 pounds. It's differentially heat treated, meaning the cutting edge (and butt) are heat treated harder (46-52 Rockwell) than the rest of the head. This allows for a sharp, sturdy edge while letting the rest of the head absorb some of the impact from strikes. The edge is 4-1/2" long. Mine both came dull, and had to be sharpened.
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Elliott on February 27, 2011
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The axe head was loose right out of the box. The whole thing just didnt look like it was put together very well. Maybe mine was a lemon, but someone had to put it in the box to ship it and even someone with no knowledge of axes should have known this one wasnt right. Normally i would think it just got damaged in shipping... but its an axe! What would they have done to it thats worse than smashing it into a tree? OOO well my $10 axe i bought from the hardware store works just fine.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mike T. on November 21, 2010
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This is a pretty good axe for the money. It did require some sharpening out of the box, but it holds up well and the high carbon steel seems to hold a pretty good edge. I didn't like the cheesy black looking blade so the first thing i did was use aircraft paint stripper on it. Came off like magic and I now have a beautiful well polished shiny axe head. For more information about this axe with a few more specifics, check out this review by woodsmonkey. They are much better writers and a lot more thorough than me. I ended up modding my axe the same as the one found on the link below. Its been a great axe so far and i have no plans on replacing it in the immediate future.
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I used braided three-color paracord to mod out the lanyard.

I did purchase a scabbard because the one supplied with it frankly is not very useful and kept falling off. I got it from the forestry supplier and had it shipped to the house. Its the model 33130. I have also included a link below for convenience. I spent about two weeks looking for one that fit and this is a pretty good one. It takes a little work for the initial fit, but once on, it stretches pretty good and fits like a glove. I could not find a proper fitting one on amazon.com.

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I am very happy with my purchase so far.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Matt on January 25, 2013
I received this axe and at first I was happy with my purchase. It seemed to be fairly good quality. Especially since I had only paid 30 odd dollars for it. I had thought I had gotten away with a steal. Unfortunately this bliss was not to last. I sharpened it and took it out for the first time chopped down two pine trees(very soft woods mind you) everything seemed to be going fine. I began working on a third and the handle split into two. I know it's only 30 dollars but DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS CRAP! If all your going to do is chop down snowmen with this then it will work fine but if you want to chop anything harder BUY SOMETHING ELSE.
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105 of 146 people found the following review helpful By James O. Thach TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 6, 2013
[THIS REVIEW IS SATIRICAL, AND NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF ACTUAL AXE MURDER. DON'T DO IT. IT'S WRONG.]

I really like this axe. It's got a nice solid piece of hickory in the handle, and the head's high carbon steel--it needs some sharpening out of the box, but then it keeps its edge. I don't know how it would hold up against a tree, but it works great on people.

I'm an axe murderer. By which I mean, I kill people with an axe. If you have a problem with it, drop it in the comments section below and know that I will never read it. I'm not trying to win a popularity contest. It's just who I am.

Who do I kill? I don't have a type. I think guys who'll only kill blondes or Asians are creepy. Personally, I'm more interested in what's on the inside. Like a great sense of humor. Check this out. The other day, I'm in the library, loading up on a bunch of early Phillip K. Dick (The Man in the High Castle, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich, etc.--if you have a problem with dystopian sci-fi, again, leave it in the comments). Anyway the librarian--this low-key hipster chick in hornrims--says, real dry, "What's with all the old Dick? Having a lemon party?" I died laughing. We both did.
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