Sven Sven-Saw 21UL-2
Great tool for the money and weight. Bought this to…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $29
Great tool for the money and weight.
- Easy to assemble/use
- No sheath (limited aftermarket options)
- Sharp corners
- Easy to lose wingnut
Bought this to replace a foldable saw that was really not much more than a toy. The Sven saw, OTOH is a viable tool for anyone who needs light weight and a self stowing package (saw collapses into the red handle you see in the picture).
At 21" you won't be lumberjacking, but cutting up limbs and trees up to about 8 inches in diameter is very realistic. The blade is SHARP, goes through pine like butter, and harder wood very effectively. We use this saw during our yearly BWCA excursions to avoid carrying a hatchet (the most dangerous tool in the woods next to a dull knife).
Deducting a half point because it's ridiculously hard to find a sheath for this saw that doesn't cost almost as much as the saw itself. I ended up using an extra long machete sheath that I purchased on Amazon for about 6 bucks, and it works fairly well after a few modifications. IMO you will want a sheath if you plan on carrying this saw in a pack, as it does have some sharp corners that could abrade or puncture fabric if you weren't careful in stowing it just right.
Another half point deducted for the weak point to this tool is the wing nut, which is fairly small and very easy to lose. Once lost, your saw will not be very useful if you don't have a spare nut.
Carry a spare wing nut, use gloves, and you should be very satisfied.
If you want to take a saw backpacking, this is a fantastic…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30
- Light, for a saw
- Easy to pack
- Chews through firewood fast
- Very affordable
If you want to take a saw backpacking, this is a fantastic choice. I usually leave it at home for warmer trips, but during the winter it's a great tool to have for cranking out large amounts of firewood. It'll chew through 4-5" logs easily, and if you're patient, you can cut down entire (dead) trees with it.
It collapses down to a long, slim tube that's easy to pack, and setup and breakdown is a quick and easy process. It's way lighter than most hatchets, and you can produce much more wood for the same amount of work.
I've had mine for 2+ years now, and the original blade is still working well. I have yet to see a better collapsible saw. If it ever breaks (I don't see that happening anytime soon) I'll happily buy another.