Gerber Exchange-A-Blade Saw
Price Paid: $24.95
A lightweight folding saw great for backpacking, hiking, camping, or any other general outdoors use. The saw is actually produced and manufactured by Fiskars- the guys who brought you child safe plastic scissors- but distributed and marketed through its sub-division company; Gerber.
It's marketed as being a tough, durable, and lightweight piece of serious equipment for the serious outdoorsman. Unfortunately the only accurate description is the light weight. Otherwise this saw is very disappointing. It is very sharp, however the blades are too thin and flimsy to handle moderate use much less rugged use.
While using the saw to cut a 1 inch diameter cedar limb, I was impressed at how sharp it is. But a larger limb proved to be the saws undoing. I noticed the thin blade would bend during use. Within the first 5 minutes of use, the blade actually broke in two. However the shorter blade was stiffer than it was in its original length. Unfortunately I now couldn't cut anything over a 1.5 inch diameter while using only short sawing strokes.
I could have lived with the blade breaking, but the saw handle broke in two as well. In short, the saw fell apart with less than moderate use during a minimal period of time.
I would not recommend this saw at all. I instead have a Wal Mart folding saw that I purchased in the gardening section for $8 and it has held up to very heavy usage. Sorry, Fiskars, but this product failed to live up to its marketing and my standards.
I'm giving this product a 1.5 only because it was useful (albeit for a short time) after the blade broke.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Gerber Exchange-A-Blade Saw is a beefy construction with an improved blade exchange mechanism. The blades are made from premium stainless steel along with the blade channel. Whether you're using the coarse blade for normal wood cutting or the fine blade for hardwood and big game bones, you're doing 1/3 less the work when compared to other saws. With the Gator-grip, its easy to hold and effortless to use.
Working on the principle that two is better than one, the Gerber Exchange-A-Saw has two blades to better suit sawing different materials.
Trail crews, outdoor guides, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the Gerber Exchange-A-Blade Saw, which comes with two blades. The Exchange-A-Blade Saw folds to a length of eight inches for easy packing and carrying. The stainless steel blades cut with a push-pull action that requires a third less effort than standard blades. The coarse blade is for regular wood and the fine blade works well for hardwoods and bone. The Exchange-A-Blade Saw comes with a sheath.
Field dress game, cut firewood or handle pruning chores with the compact Exchange-A-Blade saw. Double-blade set comes complete with a speedy, double cutting stainless steel blade for fast work in wood plus a fine-tooth blade for dense and other tough materials. Length: open 14.13", closed 8.19", blade 6.19". Wt. 8.4 oz.
- Vargo Outdoors