User Review: Bahco Laplander Folding Saw
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $20
This saw is super sharp. It seems to have been ergonomically designed. It's small enough to fit inside a day pack, but large enough to process fire wood for camping. It doesn't have a sheath.
- Replacement blade costs almost as much as buying a new saw
- No sheath
This saw is super sharp. The teeth are cut in both directions, so that it chews wood on the push AND the pull stroke. the teeth can't be sharpened, but that is pretty typical of any hand saw for camping.
It's designed for cutting wood, plastic, and bone. So far I have only used it for cutting wood, and it did a great job of cutting through a 4" thick piece of seasoned hard wood. It cut cleanly and didn't take long. I have no intentions of cutting plastic or bone, but the manufacturer states that it is designed for it.
The saw weighs 180g. It's very light.
It does not come with a sheath. It does however lock in both the opened and the closed postion. This ensures that it won't accidentally open while in your pack and damage your gear.
The blade is aprox 7 1/2" long.
The handle is rubber coated, so it felt grippy, and the it is large enough to feel comfortable in my hand. I cut some fire wood with it, and it didn't seem to tire out or hurt my hand. It has a nice weight and feel to it, and feels like some ergonomics went into planning the handle and the angle of the blade.
At MEC, the saw is listed at $17.99 and a replacement blade is $14. This seemed kind of silly, because rather than replace the blade, I think many people would be tempted to just spend the extra couple of bucks and replace the entire saw. I asked one of the workers there and she stated that it's the high quality blade that is the expensive part of the saw. That makes sense.