When you need a tool that does the job right\u2014no fancy gizmos, no tricks, just straightforward performance\u2014the best axe for traditional use might just be the Cold Steel Trail Boss Axe. Featuring a lightweight but strong American hickory handle, the 4.5-inch axe head can knock down trees, clear roadways or simply chop some kindling for a fire.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Cold Steel Trail Boss\r\nFitted to an American hickory wood handle, the 4.5-inch cutting edge axe head is more than capable of tackling most jobs where an axe is necessary such as cutting down trees, kindling, and general use.\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nThe Cold Steel Trail Boss markets itself as an \u201call-purpose\u201d axe, and we certainly agree. Its performance made it ideal in most situations when camping, survival, outdoors or just cutting wood for the sake of firewood. For starters, its axe head is a wide 4.5-inch blade made of strong drop forged 1055 carbon steel. It has some hefty weight to it, which may feel strange to some, but that extra weight made it so that you don\u2019t have to provide most of the power.\r\nDesign\r\nAs good as it chops, the Cold Steel Trail Box Axe is missing one essential feature that an all-purpose axe should have: a hammer face. To be fair, there are two flat faces on both sides of the axe head, but we recommend you avoid using those as a makeshift hammer. You\u2019re running the risk of damaging the axe or yourself, more importantly.\r\n\r\nThe Cold Steel Trail Boss might be all-purpose but we wish it would\u2019ve specialized just a bit more than just an average axe, though its brother, the Hudson Bay, has that covered. Better yet, the Husqvarna 26 Wooden Multi-Purpose Axe has a dozen options.\r\nValue\r\nWhat we really liked about the Cold Steel Trail Boss Axe\u2014other than its good performance\u2014is, of course, the pricing. For just $25, this axe can be yours. When considered what it brings to the table as far as purpose, design and performance, we\u2019d say you\u2019re paying way under what it\u2019s worth. It\u2019s the ideal axe to have if you know you\u2019ll be performing outdoor activities often enough to warrant an axe\u2014especially if you aren\u2019t experienced enough to handle a Fiskars Super Splitting Axe. For hatchers, the Coleman Camping Axe and Gransfors Bruks Forest Axe are great alternatives.\r\nCold Steel Trail Boss Wrap Up\r\nThe Cold Steel Trail Boss proved itself a good all-purpose axe for general use, though we wish it would\u2019ve specialized just a tad more like a hammer face. The 4.5-inch axe head and extra weightiness lent itself useful when cutting in any situation. It\u2019s affordable and will serve you well on any occasion.