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How we choose: The best camp saws highlighted here were selected based on 31 reviews of 15 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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Silky BigBoy

user rating: 5 of 5 (4 reviews)

The most versatile of the Silky lineup, the Bigboy can do just about any job a backpacker could ask of a saw.

Reasons to Buy

  • Sharp
  • Lightweight
  • *Fast*

Reasons to Avoid

  • It's not idiot-proof

After using Silky's Katanaboy on a trail maintenance gig, I knew I needed one of my own. I mean, the hatchet is useful and all, and a solid piece of trail maintenance kit; but those things are heavy, not really backpacking material. So I treated myself to an early birthday present—right before the pandemic hit. D'oh! Fast forward six months, and I finally got to put my saw to use. And it's good. It's very good. The Katanaboy I was let to use by the trail boss last year was amazing—with that half-meter blade and handle, it made short work of several twelve-inch diameter logs, as detailed in my previous review.

Read more: Silky BigBoy reviews (4)

Sven -Saw 21UL-2 Folding Saw

user rating: 5 of 5 (4 reviews)

Great tool for the money and weight.

Reasons to Buy

  • Light
  • SHARP!
  • Compact
  • Easy to assemble/use

Reasons to Avoid

  • 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).

Read more: Sven Sven-Saw 21UL-2 Folding Saw reviews (4)

Bahco Laplander Folding Saw

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5 reviews)

A great, lightweight handsaw to toss in your pack. It works well at cutting wood for a fire as well as clearing smaller sized blowdown from across trails.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Agressive peg toothed blade
  • Comfortable handle

Reasons to Avoid

  • Limited to smaller sized timber
  • Powder coating on blade wears over time

 This saw has some terrific features that make it great for backpacking: It is lightweight at 6.4 ounces. The saw is a peg toothed design at 7 teeth per inch (TPI) which works well on seasoned or dry timber. It also cuts in both push and pull directions, reducing fatigue. The blade is powder coated to reduce friction. The blade locks in place with a simple push button release. The handle is made of Santoprene which grips well in wet and dry conditions. It folds down to 9 inches, that easily stows in pack side pocket.

Read more: Bahco Laplander Folding Saw reviews (5)

Silky Katanaboy 500

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

In the family of folding saws, Silky plays the role of the teched-up young prodigal son—and the Katanaboy is his hulking, gym-rat persona.

Reasons to Buy

  • Half-meter blade
  • Light weight

Reasons to Avoid

  • Brittle
  • Pricey
  • Not compact

After seeing a few recent reviews of other Silky blades, I thought I should toss in my experience with something a little more sizable. I was working on a trail crew in the PNW and the crew leader brought along his personal blade, along with all the tools supplied by the volunteer organization. I was tasked with building some new steps in a particularly eroded section, and we needed a few logs. The crew leader and I hiked downhill for a minute to some downed timber and he whipped out this amazing blade.

Read more: Silky Katanaboy 500 review (1)

Sven -Saw 15UL-3 Folding Saw

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

I've had one of these saws for more than twenty years. It's the handiest backpacking saw around, in my opinion. It will cut through softwoods like you-know-what. If I didn't already have two large bow saws, I'd buy the 21 inch version of this saw as well and just keep it in my car. If you've ever seen a tree blocking your drive back to civilization, you'll know why.

Reasons to Buy

  • Cuts very well
  • Lightweight and fits easily into any backpack
  • Very durable

Reasons to Avoid

  • The 15-inch version is not good for large diameter logs.

The Sven-Saw is lightweight and fits into any backpack worth carrying. The saw is easily assembled, even when wearing gloves or mittens.

Read more: Sven Sven-Saw 15UL-3 Folding Saw reviews (2)

Silky Pocketboy

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

I feel compelled to do trail work whenever I am out for a hike. If I don't do it, when will be the next time a trail crew gets to it?

Reasons to Buy

  • Small
  • Light
  • Sharp
  • Quick open
  • Throws chips like a chainsaw

Reasons to Avoid

  • Its a little pricey, but the speed it cuts through a 6-inch birch tree across the trail is worth every penny.

I needed a handsaw to replace another I had lost. Grabbed this SILKY at a local gear store. So happy with how it performs. It's small yet big. I do a lot of different types of trail work for mountain bikes, ski glades, hiking trails. It's a must-have in my pack. 

Read more: Silky Pocketboy review (1)

Bob Dustrude Quick Buck Saw

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Bob Dustrude's Quick Buck Saw is the most powerful folding backpacking bucksaw on the market. This saw is a tool of choice for any wood processing job whether being in the woods or on your backyard. Folding, packable, relatively lightweight, rugged and reliable, it will fit in almost any backpack. Simple and efficient construction from reliable materials the Quick Buck Saw offers the best value for money and will serve for many years.

Reasons to Buy

  • Two-way power cuts; cuts quickly
  • Folding and packable
  • Lightweight
  • Replaceable standard blade
  • Automatic blade tension with lever action handle
  • Usage instruction included (on a handle)
  • Handles well wide range of wood size and hardness
  • Designed for heavy use in rugged conditions

Reasons to Avoid

  • Does not include sheath
  • A bit noisy when folded
  • Slight manufacturing imperfections as it's hand made

Being in a back country for multiple days never goes without making fire, be that for cooking, warmth, coziness or fun. Meaning wood processing is one of the most frequent and typical task out there and one should always be equipped with a tool for that. Having tried multiple tool options over years of backcountry journeys including axes, hatchets, different kind of saws, etc. the Bob's Quick Buck Saw is my current tool of choice for wood processing regardless of the purpose or location: be that on day hike trail, multi day journey, or even pruning trees on my backyard.

Read more: Bob Dustrude Quick Buck Saw review (1)

Agawa Canyon Boreal 21

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

This is a really cleverly designed saw. It is compact, efficient, cuts well, and sets up easily.

Reasons to Buy

  • Sets up easily and quickly
  • Cuts really well
  • Blade tension is excellent and effective
  • Good quality sharp greenwood blade
  • Incredibly compact without sacrificing cutting ability or usability (possibly even improving them given the tensioning feature)

Reasons to Avoid

  • Changing the blade can be fiddly apparently, standard replacements have to be trimmed to fit properly (at least on my 2018 model) if you want a dry wood or new greenwood blade
  • Pricey compared to standard bowsaws

This is a really cleverly designed saw. It folds up to far more compact (if a little long) than other bucksaws/bowsaws, and the way it folds protects the teeth and other gear in my pack. The best part, however, is the way it tensions: as the saw unfolds, the one part of the handle hinges onto itself, creating a lever which keeps the blade tensions really high (and can be adjusted). I have found this makes for excellent performance, especially when compared with conventional bow saws which rely on wing nuts for tension.

Read more: Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 reviews (2)

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