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- Category name: saws
- Country of origin: USA
- Brand name: Sven Saw
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An excellent lightweight backpacker's saw with Tempered Swedish Steel blade that folds safely and completely into the rugged high-strength aluminum frame when not in use. 21"" model: Closed: 23""x1-1/2""x9/16".
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When I was looking for a backpacking saw, I wanted something that was as close to a real, full-size saw as I could find. This ruled out those chain-style saws (basically a chainsaw blade that you pull back and forth manually), and the other saws which are basically dagger-shaped. I wanted something I could rip through thick hardwood with on a regular basis with no problems. This saw is exactly that: You can grip it with both hands, and you can easily tear right through enough firewood for a weekend camping trip.
This isn't some "emergency" saw that will suffice in a pinch, this is a serious saw that you can rely on using every day.
When it is folded up, the sharp blade is hidden, so you don't need to put this in any sort of case or sleeve. It is also very solid when folded, it doesn't rattle and the blade will never open accidentally.
The folded length is a tad long for my liking, but it's not bad enough for me to opt for the 15" model instead. I may actually get the 15" saw as well, for those times when I do some seriously ultra-light backpacking.
One other reviewer also pointed out that he added a washer to the wingnut, and I have to agree. After putting together the saw only twice, there was noticeable gouging in the aluminum from where the wingnut rubs the frame. I added a washer to it, and it is far easier to tighten the wingnut now, and it doesn't damage the aluminum frame anymore. I can't believe they didn't include this with the saw, but it's a very easy fix anyways.
But I've cut 10 inches with the Sven Saw. You either rotate the log or just deal with the short strokes towards the end.
I prefer this design. Fewer pieces and only two things to lose; the wing nut and the washer I bought for it. And I keep spares in my ditty bag. (It's a common thread size. Can't remember the exact size but if you take the wing nut to the hardware store you can match it up easy.)
I didn't like the edges of the wingnut sticking out while it was jammed into the gear in the kayak so I made a little cover out of duck tape and velcro strips. Then I took a hand file and rounded all the corners. Now I can just slide it into the bow of the boat between all the gear bags without worrying about putting a hole in something.
I like it. Assembles fast, cuts fast, takes down easy. A nice, easy to pack little luxury to make a cold night on the river just a bit nicer.
Well, that and a starry night and flask of brandy.