Cold Steel Trail Boss Hickory Handle
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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.Read more ›
I was a little worried that it would be to short, as I am a large man (6'6'' 250 lbs) however it worked rather well. My friend who is smaller (5'11'' 170 lbs) was using it all weekend to procure firewood. It works great, 2 inch diameter branches fall off in one good hit, and trees ranging from 1 to 1.5 feet across were coming down within 20 minutes.
One of the best camping investments yet.
Also, it is VERY dull. After reading some other reviews now, I'm concerned that it won't be able to hold a proper edge because of the steel.
Updated Use Review: Now I have used it ONCE, and destroyed it within 12 swings. The head literally came flying off the handle...good thing no one was in front of me, or they may have had the head of an axe stuck in their gut! The handle just kind of deteriorated inside the head, and the wood just gave way. It just seems that the design of it, completely depending upon the grain strength of the wood on the end of a handle, with a wedge stuck into it, wouldn't hold up to too much impact. And it didn't. So Cold Steel has a number of other axes that have the head on the wood with wood sticking out the top of the head tapering to a larger diameter, essentially being held by a solid piece of wood. That would have to be better.
I called Cold Steel and got their voice mail so decided to email customer service. Three times before responding, finally they said to ship it back, and they would replace or repair. I told them I wanted to trade for a different axe. I paid $11 to ship back, and a month went by with no response. I sent another email saying that I was waiting for them to choose which axe to send me per my previous emails, and their response was that they repaired my ax and I would have it that day. Bummer!! I'll let you know if it breaks in 12 swings again. I was really let down by Cold Steel's customer service. They had a very simple task of responding within a month to my request and simply could not deliver. Disappointing!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What's not to like about this axe? The cold steel trail boss is an awesome piece of kit for an awesome price!! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Rebelcowboy
. Axe head is. Great handle broke after 6 trees . Never missed a swingPublished 8 days ago by Austinbell
We purchased four of these axes for our wood hard this summer - they got heavy use from our campers and we're very pleased with them overall. Read morePublished 13 days ago by S.Leshay
Out of the box it works well. The head is perfectly aligned and the blade was sharp enough to begin chopping branches with no prep work.Published 17 days ago by Khadijah Lardas
For the price, I am very impressed. It came out of the box relatively sharp but with a couple minor dings on the edge. I easily took those out with a stone. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jonathan Barber
Handle broke the 1st day I used it. Do not waste your money.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great smaller axe that can do big work. Very sharp and well put together.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer