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Cold Steel Trail Boss! 1620

No Life Club Posts: 4,681 Captain's Apprentice
Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« on: December 27, 2017, 04:41:13 AM »
Santa came this year and brought me "The Cheapest Axe on Amazon"

This axe was reviewed a few months ago by Wranglerstar on YouTube and he really enjoyed it. I need an axe to keep in the toolbox of my truck, and this was the perfect fit.

I finally hit 6'5" and I'm about 270 (plus or minus 10% of holiday weight lol)

The axe is very light, but incredibly comfortable and balanced. I've never liked a hatchet, they feel to small in my hands.

Definitely feel that it'll make an excellent chopper, not so much a splitting axe. All we split down here is oak.

Final photo is the varnish removed, plan to soak it in boiled linseed oil, make a sheath, and get a good edge on it.
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Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2017, 04:45:35 AM »
Nice!
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Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2017, 05:25:14 AM »
I like the look of that!

I'm a total legend..... in my own mind- Herley
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,316
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2017, 10:03:18 AM »
nice one. will be interesting to see how it holds up (some early ones supposedly had very soft steel)

Solving problems you didn't know you had in the most obscure way possible

"And now, it's time to hand this over to our tame race axe driver. Some say, he can live in the forest for six months at a time without food, and he knows of a secret tribe of only women where he is their God. All we know is, he's call the Styx!" - TazzieRob
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Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2017, 12:10:19 PM »
I :like: it :tu: The handle grain looks great on that one as well :cheers: Can't wait to see it after you get done tweaking it :cheers: :like:
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Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2017, 06:50:34 PM »
Linseed oil application! Of course it cold here in Florida today (~45F)

First rub soaked right in and was dry overnight!
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,316
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2017, 07:44:04 PM »
result looks amazing

Solving problems you didn't know you had in the most obscure way possible

"And now, it's time to hand this over to our tame race axe driver. Some say, he can live in the forest for six months at a time without food, and he knows of a secret tribe of only women where he is their God. All we know is, he's call the Styx!" - TazzieRob
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Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2017, 11:48:40 PM »
Makeshift sheath good to go.

Made out of vynl thread/strips that won't hold moisture and definitely let's air through.

Held on with a rubber cable tie right now, would eventually like to use bungee material or rope loop.

Any thoughts on handle protection for overstrikes? Thinking about a 4" or paracord wrap beneath the head.
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Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2017, 12:03:53 AM »
Go chop stuff! :pok: :pok:

I'm a total legend..... in my own mind- Herley
No Life Club Posts: 4,681 Captain's Apprentice
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2017, 01:54:15 AM »
Go chop stuff! :pok: :pok:
Maybe tomorrow if the rain stops!!
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,768
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2017, 11:59:22 PM »
Any thoughts on handle protection for overstrikes? Thinking about a 4" or paracord wrap beneath the head.

Looks good from here  :salute:
Also you could wrap the handle with innertube rubber then cover with paracord  :tu:


Everything’s adjustable
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Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2017, 10:27:33 AM »
Nice looking chopper  :tu:
I have a real old deer skin (my grandfather shot it) that is probably raw hide, I'd like to give it a go as some axe handle protection as it is thin
No Life Club Posts: 4,681 Captain's Apprentice
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2018, 04:29:09 AM »
Haven't really touched it much, caught flu for the first time ever and it really knocked me down

Still plan to wrap below the head, and I need to touch up the edge, other than that she's ready for service!
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,316
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2018, 11:09:46 AM »
get well first then worry about the axe. one ill timed cough or sniffle and it could be your leg that it chops

Solving problems you didn't know you had in the most obscure way possible

"And now, it's time to hand this over to our tame race axe driver. Some say, he can live in the forest for six months at a time without food, and he knows of a secret tribe of only women where he is their God. All we know is, he's call the Styx!" - TazzieRob
No Life Club Posts: 4,681 Captain's Apprentice
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2018, 07:34:32 PM »
Handle wrap is done as well as the sheath, the only thing left is to touch up the edge. Should get some good use early February
No Life Club Posts: 3,303
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2018, 08:04:05 PM »
I was about to say still no choppingggg

I'm a total legend..... in my own mind- Herley
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,316
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2018, 08:29:54 PM »
wrap came out nice

Solving problems you didn't know you had in the most obscure way possible

"And now, it's time to hand this over to our tame race axe driver. Some say, he can live in the forest for six months at a time without food, and he knows of a secret tribe of only women where he is their God. All we know is, he's call the Styx!" - TazzieRob
No Life Club Posts: 4,681 Captain's Apprentice
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2018, 04:15:28 AM »
wrap came out nice
Thanks bud! It's got a base layer of tennis handle wrap,then paracord, half soaked in epoxy.
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,768
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2018, 08:48:19 AM »
wrap came out nice


And makes it easier to see where you left it  :tu:

Everything’s adjustable
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,316
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2018, 10:56:09 AM »
wrap came out nice
Thanks bud! It's got a base layer of tennis handle wrap,then paracord, half soaked in epoxy.

that was quite a process then

Solving problems you didn't know you had in the most obscure way possible

"And now, it's time to hand this over to our tame race axe driver. Some say, he can live in the forest for six months at a time without food, and he knows of a secret tribe of only women where he is their God. All we know is, he's call the Styx!" - TazzieRob
Hero Member Posts: 943
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2018, 12:20:41 PM »
I'll be interested to see how it holds up.
My dad painted all his farm tools blue or orange so he could see them if he put them down in the grass
No Life Club Posts: 4,681 Captain's Apprentice
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2018, 03:02:04 PM »
We used it for a little while this weekend! The 8lb maul got way more use for splitting oak but the cold steel was the way to go for limbing.
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,316
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2018, 04:44:34 PM »
is that bigfoot?

Solving problems you didn't know you had in the most obscure way possible

"And now, it's time to hand this over to our tame race axe driver. Some say, he can live in the forest for six months at a time without food, and he knows of a secret tribe of only women where he is their God. All we know is, he's call the Styx!" - TazzieRob
No Life Club Posts: 4,681 Captain's Apprentice
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2018, 12:54:42 AM »
is that bigfoot?
Basically, it's my "little" brother at 6'6
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,316
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #24 on: February 09, 2018, 08:23:49 AM »
is that bigfoot?
Basically, it's my "little" brother at 6'6

so I wasn't far off ;)

Solving problems you didn't know you had in the most obscure way possible

"And now, it's time to hand this over to our tame race axe driver. Some say, he can live in the forest for six months at a time without food, and he knows of a secret tribe of only women where he is their God. All we know is, he's call the Styx!" - TazzieRob
No Life Club Posts: 4,681 Captain's Apprentice
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #25 on: October 16, 2018, 04:41:21 AM »
First real use in Oregon, emptying a back yard full of wood debri
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,768
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #26 on: October 16, 2018, 07:13:58 AM »

It's sticking in a block of concrete?  :o

Everything’s adjustable
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Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #27 on: October 16, 2018, 03:18:59 PM »
Very nice.  How did the edge hold up?

Try not to be the person who blunders around and causes everyone else to get out the way.  Everyone else thinks you're a utter...
No Life Club Posts: 4,681 Captain's Apprentice
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #28 on: October 17, 2018, 03:41:55 AM »

It's sticking in a block of concrete?  :o
It's just an extremely sun dried chunk of 12"x 8"

This yard has been sitting for 4+ years

BTW OREGON HAS SO MANY SPIDERS
No Life Club Posts: 4,681 Captain's Apprentice
Re: Cold Steel Trail Boss!
« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2018, 03:42:22 AM »
Very nice.  How did the edge hold up?
Edge seems great! Finish is really holding on as well.

 

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