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They stole my design! No but seriously I made a saw like this from a chainsaw blade that was the wrong size for my husky. It took a lot of effort to use but it worked great once I got it tuned for slow rpms. This looks like it will work great. Amazingly useful for our doors people
This type of human-powered chainsaw is really awesome and useful. I grew up in the middle of a PNW rainforest and have cut many logs with many types of saws as part of my regular life, and also camping. Just wanted to chime in a dissenting opinion to all the folding-saw fans in this thread.
This saw is ideal for camping, specifically breaking down a large, downed branch---the type you might burn in half a few times (if you didn't have a saw) and consume entirely in one night, not much more than 6" in diameter. These branches are the bread and butter of PNW campfires. The proper form is to put your foot on the branch and cut towards yourself. You can cut through 6" in 30 seconds or so. Doing this I find it's easier and quicker to process a branch than using a folding saw, which requires you bend over and find a sawhorse-like setup to get the right rhythm going. Like any saw or axe it's a lot easier to cut when you have a good form/rhythm and really put some force into it.
Silky Folding Saw
That is all ;-D
I've never in my life seen one of these work better than a knife nor make it through 2 branches without breaking.
would it hurt if i wrapped this around my dingus?
nasedase
No, it only hurts if you have morning wood, evening wood is ok, just never ever, EVER, use near your dingus in the morning. I didn’t realize I had morning wood, I pulled the saw out and was twirling it and nicked it, hurt the dingus out of me, as bad as a paper cut.
I would not buy one since I used this before...it is really great idea on paper....not really useful in real world....once the wood get cut almost all the way through, the saw will likely to caught on itself and make it very hard to move further. I found myself had to break the last part instead of sawing through it....also...you need two hands to use it....if the wood is moving around or in some awkward place, it will be really hard to saw...not to mention when it get start, it always move from where you want to saw due to the two hands pull motion. it also goes on side ways all the time if the wood is too thick... IMO, just buy a silky saw...you will thank yourself every time you use it...
Rebuswind
Thanks for the recommendation, I've never heard of Silky before, nice saws, expensive though.
I've never used one I liked. waste of money in my opinion. just get a Sven saw or something like it.
how much will shipping cost?
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Nope there is no actually commitment until you confirm purchase, and the drop has ended. Hitting Join Drop is just the first step. You're safe :D
tito_zako
$56 plus a fee to not figure it out yourself, make it payable to Mark M. For doing the work for you.
isn't this just a chainsaw chain with handles? WTH are you guys requesting?
supercool
Looks like the blades are not unidirectional. They are actually one direction chainsaw blade links alternating. This doesn't look like it works as well as a unidirectional hand saw.
Once you try a silky saw, these ones tend to not get used much. I guess something can be said about the compactness of them, but overall, I take my Silky Saws with me camping.
it-man
Ditto on the silky saw. It's a chain saw without the noise nor gas. It's better then any other saw out there. Just one guys opinion. Skillet
it-man
silky saws for serious winter survival camping are the most important item. silky will process wood much faster than any axe with less effort and weighs less too. simple!!!
I bought this saw that last time around here on Massdrop. There are a lot of less expensive alternatives available (as others have mentioned), but I decided to take a leap of faith. I am glad I did. The saw, handles and case are all very well made and mine came incredibly sharp. I am looking forward to using it! Like I said, I am very happy with this purchase. After having it in my hand, I'd buy it again in a heart beat!
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I suggest looking in the mirror and asking yourself the same question. I bought it, received it and my first impressions were good so I thought I would share them. You seem to be the type that wants to touch and taste every turd before forming an initial opinion. I respect that, but that isn't me. Actually, no, I don't respect that, but I see where you are coming from. Your comment wasn't about the product, it was about another comment and it didn't add any value to the conversation. Here's an idea, how about you buy one and share your thoughts on it? Oh, and Eric, I have used it and I still like it. If I needed another saw like this, I'd buy the Nordic Pocket Saw again.
TonyS
The troll is strong with this one. To the dark side he has gone indeed. the dark one feels the need to justify his mistake/purchase. I would never buy one due to the force being so strong, warning me of its faults it did. Need not share my thoughts on it as buying this, a mistake I made not. Value of my comment was strong calling out the hate and darkness from Tony, the empire has already claimed his soul. The empire Tony seeks is strong, but there is another, and they will face Tony within his own darkness and conquer his hate.
These are $6.67 with free shipping from aliexpress.
I own four. They work great with Boy Scouts and complement, not replace, the standard / buck / camp 20"-blade saw.
sweerek
Anything from Ali is very likely to be a low quality knockoff.
Friendly reminder that LNT firewood is dead, down and detatched.
adeadhead
While true, there is no harm in breaking down dead and down. And some of us hike on our own land so.. Yeah.
A pretty much identical product (other than a choice of coloured handles) available from Gearbest at the moment for $8.24 with free world wide shipping: http://www.gearbest.com/edc-tools/pp_444288.html?wid=21.
I have purchased the same item from other China sites and they are of good quality for what they are. Someone somewhere would seem to have an obscene markup on the Massdrop item.
Aotearoan
I wouldn't call teeth on every third link "identical" to having cutting teeth on every link....

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TonyS
Hi TonyS,
you're right, I hadn't noticed the teeth count; but in my experience of using these saws I have always assumed the gaps between teeth help the saw to glide more smoothly through the cut and carry out wood debris, I'm not sure more teeth would actually be a good thing.
Standard motorised chainsaw blades have a gap of one link between every toothed link whilst Skip Link chainsaw blades are exactly like the handsaw I mentioned and I guess there is a reason they make them like that.
At the end of the day, if you are happy to spend the money on the massdrop item, that's cool. But for similar money, you could have a Silky saw like others have mentioned or even a Sven saw, both perhaps slightly bulkier or less convenient to carry, but way more efficient for frequent use and at this price point much better value for money.
If it's something to chuck in a survival bag for occasional use, or "just in case" then a lot of people on here will appreciate a link to a very similar - if not 'identical' much cheaper option. Massdrop is, after all, about getting a good deal for your money. At the end of the day, they are both hand saws made in China and will both take a while to arrive.
From comments, a silky will be better.
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I've used a folding saw which is heavier and takes up more room in your backpack. Folding saws are limited by their length which determines how large of a log you can cut. This pocket saw zips through dry wood like nothing, but it's pretty exhausting effort to pull it back and forth. For the same weight, you can get a Little Buck backpacking saw by QiWiz. I haven't tested that so I can't compare.
after struggling using a very similar setup for a few years, i bought a Silky folding saw (GOMBOY) and never looked back. You're in the same ish price bracket with this item. A quality folding saw is pretty much better than this item in every way possible.
PigmonkeY
Agree, we have this or something very similar and ended up just bringing the folding saw instead. It's a good idea but tough to use solo on dead and down.
Not even sure where the chain pocket saw is.
Just tried mine out for the first time on a ~15" round piece of hardwood that was too long to fit in my fireplace. Blade/chain was sharp enough that it only got caught a few times, such that I had to work the chain out of the wood. I was very pleased that the piece connecting the chain to the handles was made of metal and sturdy (I was worried that'd be a failure point). The handles, while nylon?, are quite thick. So, overall, I'm expecting that with some care, this will last a long time. I didn't time myself, but guess it took about twenty minutes to get through the wood, and required some 'non-ergonomic' positioning on my part. But, it was manageable, and I can imagine this being useful in the field, especially as I don't imagine I would be cutting much wood of this diameter.
Was absolutely dismayed to learn the saw was made in China, not Norway. The cost was at a preminum for something made in China. It appears to be better made than the UST and similar brands, but the "ratty" hand hold loops will likely fail in use. I will test it for function
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Bulk order shipped! The vendor informed us that the group's order was picked up and is on its way to our warehouse in New Jersey. Based on the tracking provided, the order is scheduled to arrive on 10/7.
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Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Nordic Pocket Saw and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where our warehouse team will break it up into individual orders and ship them. The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 10/12.
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"In 2015, after a period of intensive development and thorough testing, the Nordic Pocket Saw was launched in Sweden." How by Goggling "manual chain saw"? I have had one of these types of saws since '97. As far as being under consideration by the Swedish and German army, some guy on leave buying it in Stockholm or Berlin doesn't cut it.
They're on Amazon for $45 with free shipping.
These look just like the pocket chain saws that have long been available for around half the price. Is there anything particularly special about this model?
How do you keep the teeth of the saw from dinging up the fabric handles?
Yes, but i think any material that has a tendency to eventually tear should not be used for handles. Looks like they will undergo a lot of movement and pressure. Just a thought...
I've tried these types of saws before, albeit not this brand, with lack luster success. Sure you can get through a branch, but at about 3x the time and effort of a folding saw. They work great right at the start, but as soon as the non-cutting portion of the chain meets the wood, it digs in and dramatically increases the work. Perhaps this brand has it figured out, but the handful that i have tried did not.
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Just what I wanted to know, thanks!Got a very good folding saw and was wondering if this was any good
Tadayo
I have never seen one of these "folding chainsaws" or "pocket chainsaws" that actually have rakers set up on them to pull chips out of the channel. You end up getting stuck 1/4 of the way into logs and having to clear out your cut channel and then get your saw back in.

Get a Silky folding saw instead.
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