Cold Steel 90TA Trail Boss Axe 27" Overall


MSRP* : $49.99 | You Save* : $20.04 (40%)
Part #: CS90TA | Cold Steel Knives
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CS90TA: 90TA Trail Boss Axe
Cold Steel
The Cold Steel Trail Boss Axe is compact enough to carry all day in your hand or strapped to your pack, yet 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 4.5" cutting edge, it takes a big bite with every swing. Plus, it features a very sturdy, durable straight-grained American Hickory handle. In our extensive field-tests in the outback of Australia, the Trail Boss was used to chop kindling, clear roads and trails, to build blinds and even to chop down a fair sized tree!

Wood grain will vary from piece to piece.
  • Primary Edge: 4.5"
  • Overall: 27"
  • Hawk: 6.5"
  • Weight: 41.5 oz.
  • Made in China

UPC Code: 705442007210

Wood Handles
Wood Handles
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
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North Carolina
Apr 28, 2017
Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material
Cons: None
Very Nice Tomahawk
Weight and balance are excellent. It just feels right in my hands. Shorter than a standard felling axe, but excellent quality and balance.
5 out of 5
Akron, Oh
Mar 10, 2013
Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material
Cons: None
All The Right Stuff
I waited twice as long as advertised for this most excellent small forest type axe. When I got it I chopped down a 10" diameter, 50' tall tree that was water logged, which was not only heavy but incompressible, which slightly rolled the edge. Given how much force acted on it, a slight roll is nothing.In short, the axe met and surpassed all my expectations. I knew buying it that I'd have to make a sheath. I plan to keep it in my wife's car, take on camping trips and short backpacking trips.
4 out of 5
Richard H.
Boston MA
May 26, 2012
Pros: Weight, Balance
Cons: None
Best $30 axe you're likely to find.
First, this isn't a tomahawk. The swell at the end of the haft makes that obvious enough. Tomahawks are lighter, and straight handled with no wedge securing the handle so it can be replaced easily (being prone to breaking when being thrown.) This is an axe made by the Tomahawk division of Cold Steel. The idea here was pretty simple- make a good backpacking axe at as low a price as possible.The handle on mine was okay. The grain orientation is perfectly parallel to the bit. Obviously, there will be variation on that, but it shows good quality control. On the other hand, my handle is most sapwood with a sliver of sapwood going down its side. This isn't a huge issue, but can supposedly be a liability.The head is more or less a Hudson Bay pattern, and on mine the paint hid an inadequate finish on the steel. There is some slight, though not problematic pitting. It does mean rusting will more easily damage the axe significantly. I've seen others who haven't had this problem, though.Same variation goes for the edge. Quite a few seem to have come sharp. Mine came blunt, and I had to spend probably two hours getting it adequately sharp (and a little extra getting it shaving sharp, just for the hell of it). I don't mind that at all, personally, but some may not like having to go to the trouble.The balance of the axe is fine. You can work for a pretty good length of time without getting tired, and it isn't awkward at any point along the handle.As far as performance: I haven't used it for chopping (I prefer sawing for that). I've used it for splitting and carving dead Birch. It kept a good edge, and I was having plenty of fun, so if there were any big issues, I didn't notice them.Ultimately, if you don't have an axe and you've been looking for one, there's no reason you should need anything much more than this.
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