Camp Saws

Recent Camp Saw Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Silky BigBoy

I've found nothing more effective for clearing trail. Every hiker should carry one. I stumbled onto one of these at REI a couple of years ago. I had been trying to use a Sven Saw off and on with marginal results, and could saw nothing larger than about 8" in diameter. When I discovered the "Big Boy", and learned it utilized the Japanese cutting orientation of the teeth, I went for it. It seemed expensive at the time but now after two years, it's clearly a bargain. I've likely cut well over 100 trees… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Silky Katanaboy 500

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. 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… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Agawa Canyon Boreal 21

Compact cutter. I picked one up having tried one on a bushcraft course. Cuts through soft and hardwood very efficiently. Safe and easy to carry around camp. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Agawa Canyon Boreal 21

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Silky Pocketboy

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? 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.  Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Silky BigBoy

This saw is razor sharp. I use it in the winter while sledding and the rest of the year for building, hiking, and camping. It is light enough that I always have it with me on my day pack or multi-day pack. Basically you won't find me in the mountains/bush without it! Ease of Use: You must let the saw do the work. If forcing this saw you will snap the blade! This goes for all the Silky saws I have used. I am a woodworker and faller/arborist. I have multiple Silky products and they last if cared for. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Sven Sven-Saw 15UL-3 Folding Saw

Never leave home without it. This saw is very compact, light, and super sharp. The ultra “lightweight” crowd snicker when I bring this along, but ineveitably they ask to borrow it during canoe trips. The 15" will cut up to 3" deadfall easily. You do have to be careful when assembling it not to lose the wingnut. Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Gerber Exchange-A-Blade Saw

This product is great for a beginner. However I quickly upgraded after a couple months of use due to quality issues. The Exchange-a-Blade Folding Saw by Gerber was my first folding saw. It came at a cheap and affordable price. My first impressions were not good. The blade was very wobbly. And the saw struggled to cut through wood, which was concerning since that was its purpose. After a couple uses the first blade dulled so I switched to the other. Before the new blade dulled I purchased a new saw. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Bahco Laplander Folding Saw

This is a super lightweight folding saw. It exceeds expectations at a very affordable price. The Bahco Laplander in one word is EXCEPTIONAL! This product has endured countless camping and backpacking trips, and still cuts with ease. It is very lightweight as well. I went on a week-long backpacking trip and had to make sure I only took what I needed. A friend asked if anyone had a saw and I said "no," only to accidentally stumble across is a few minutes later looking for a different piece of gear. Full review

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