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Folding Saw

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by ms6852, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. ms6852

    ms6852 Well-Known Member

    Was wondering what kind of saw you use when camping. I always have a little hatchet but figured a good folding saw could be just as useful.
  2. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    I looked for and tried multiple saws from hardware and sporting goods stores and settled on a 15" Sven saw. After getting it and using it a couple of times on backpacking trips I found out there wasn't any real need for it so it sits in the gear cabinet.

    IOW, there isn't much real use for a saw backpacking since there isn't much need for a fire that would call for a saw to prep wood to burn.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I have an older orange & black Fiskers sliding pocket saw I really like.
    Used it a lot turkey hunting cutting brush blinds & opening fire lanes through the scrub in front of the blind.

    It's little & light, but it cuts like a chain saw!

    Don't know if they even still make them?

  4. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    I know a lot of people rave about those pocket chainsaw things. It's like a chainsaw chain, that you pull back and forth across the wood.
    On the very rare occasion that I have needed a saw, i just used the one in my multitool.
  5. OptimusPrime

    OptimusPrime Well-Known Member

    I'm a fan of the folding knife/saw combo made by SOG Knives. The saw is quite good for small camping tasks, and when you don't need it all the time it resides in the handle of the fixed blade knife. I found the same thing that HSO did, most "good" saws are unnecessary. This one fits the bill when the limbs are too big to bust with your knee, and the Leatherman doesn't quite measure up:

  6. marcclarke

    marcclarke Well-Known Member

    Silky Gomboy 270. Tampered blade does not jam nearly as frequently as the straight sided blades (e.g. Gerber, Bahco). I have the medium tooth blade to cope with either green wood or well seasoned wood.
  7. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    I have an old Nicholson camo locking folding saw. It works just fine along with my machete and camp ax.
  8. Piraticalbob

    Piraticalbob Well-Known Member

    Sierra Saw, by Coghlan's. I like to make my own walking canes and staves, so it's nice to be able to make a clean cut on the wood I select, rather than chop and hack at it with a hatchet, machete or other chopping tool. The saw is also lighter in weight than any of these, and will supply you with sawdust that can be used as fire tinder (be sure to saw dry wood for this feature).

    Opinel also makes a saw version of their popular ring-lock knives.
  9. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Well-Known Member

    I have a Browning 3 blade folding hunting knife that works well. One blade is a saw, and easily cuts through small branches or the pelvis bone when dressing a deer. Another blade is pointed and sharp for carefully cutting into the belly skin, and the third is sharp with a blunt tip for opening up the chest cavity and not poking through the intestines.

    Came with a leather belt case, and is an attractive knife with dark hardwood scales, and brass bolsters. My only gripe is that only the center blade locks.

    Nice to be able to carry a small saw.

    It's like this one here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Browning-50...896?pt=Collectible_Knives&hash=item27e8d1cbf8
  10. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

    I bought one of those and carried it as part of my kit for a few backpacking trips. My conclusion was that it is heavy, takes up space and totally unnecessary.
  11. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

  12. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Well-Known Member

    Folding saw...

    Very seldom need a saw when out & about in the woods. Have a Gerber saw/snipper combo for brush trimming around a blind/shooting lane. The snipper broke & I replaced it, but the Gerber saw is good for easy, small, few & far between sawing jobs. Very agressive teeth; handle with care.

    For in-camp use, to actually prepare firewood, the best saw IMHO is an old-fashioned wood framed bucksaw. These take down easily, with a turnbuckle tightening arrangement, and the blades are heavy enough to not turn and misdirect. (My chief complaint about more modern D-frame saws, with razor-blade-thin blades.) Blade can also be sharpened with a small file, if needed. Taken down, a bucksaw does not occupy much space in one's truck. Be careful not to lose the 2 pins which hold the blade.

    AFAIK, bucksaws are no longer made, however they can often be had for not much $$, at farm auctions. Antique dealers are another source, however, if something is in the hands of an antique dealer, it becomes rare, precious, and expensive. Even if you have 2 just like it at home.
  13. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Yep Dad got a pair of them. But for me that Nicholson camp saw gets what ever I need done.
  14. ms6852

    ms6852 Well-Known Member

    Was out of town a few days so could not respond. Really appreciate the information and a lot of you make a lot of sense about not needing a saw and totally agree. But I got to wandering about building a swedish torch one time when my butane stove stopped working and figured I could have used a swedish torch to make for cooking, which requires clean cuts. It would have a dual purpose fire and stove.
  15. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    For butchering: a mini hacksaw like this http://www.sears.com/empire-mini-ha...00951669000&kispla=00951669000P&mktRedirect=y , works better than the saw blade on a Swiss Army Knife. But for deer and especially antelope a SAK saw blade works just fine. Camp saw is a large bow saw and a chainsaw.

    My dad actually carried one of these in the woods while hunting for years: http://www.wyomingknife.com/saws.htm I think it's overkill and something I could leave in the truck rather than on my person. Gerber makes one similar: http://beprepared.com/gerber-gator-saw-collapsible-hand-saw.html

    I carried a mini hacksaw like that in my pack for years, cut many a breast bone and leg with it.

    Something like this is around camp: http://www.constructiongear.com/fis...=77863592370&gclid=CIuf75Kjl8ACFcRzMgodsnUAoA
  16. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    We use bow saws all the time on construction jobs .
  17. 40-82

    40-82 Well-Known Member

    Just the week before last I used the little saw in my Leatherman tool for the first time. I had carried that tool for years on remote wilderness trips and never once used the saw. I had backpacked into a salmon stream and through carelessness allowed my backpacking rod to smash on the first big salmon. With no way to get fish and virtually out of food I used the little saw blade to cut an alder limb, which I fashioned into a spear point. I couldn't make the spear point sharp enough, and even in inches of water the wooden spear point pushed the fish aside rather than penetrating it. Even if the spear had penetrated the fish, I'm not sure that without a barb, which I didn't know how to fashion in such soft wood, I doubt that it would have held a fish. It didn't exactly enhance my ego to be standing there in front of thousands of pounds of food, and be hungry, and not know how to get any of it.
  18. craftsman

    craftsman Well-Known Member

    I like multiple use tools ... Not a folder, but I use the sawblade from my pole pruning tool. Here are several examples ... https://www.treestuff.com/store/products.asp?category_id=46

    I use the nuts and bolts that it attaches to the pole pruner with, made a small but comfortable handle securing it with those. Works perfect. If you are very creative, you can make that handle with a center channel, so it will act like a folder handle, almost like a scabbard.

    If you want, there is even a scabbard available https://www.treestuff.com/store/catalog.asp?category_id=46&item=60 $17.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2014

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