Any Silky saw lovers here?

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  1. Vovan

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    Recently I had to climb up a fairly tall tree on my property to top it off and the only saw I had was some old $10 Home Depot bow saw. Needless to say, it took a lot of effort and time to do what I needed to do. To sum it all up, it wasn't fun.
    Afterwards, I started looking for a new saw and I found a lot of amazing videos on YouTube about Silky saws. They seem to cut through trees like a hot knife through butter.
    I wanted to see what everyone here thought of them and maybe get an idea what model to get.
    First off, what is the difference between a curved blade and a straight one? Does the curved blade cut faster?
    As for the fixed blade vs folder, I get it - fixed blade is more stable and in general is more preferred unless you need a portable saw to carry around in a backpack.
    Is there a model that can sort of be the Jack of all trades?

    Thanks!
     
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    I have a pocket boy, Gomboy 270, Ultra Accel, and Big Boy 2000. From fine to x-coarse teeth. They are made well and cut beautifully. If you keep an eye out on Amazon, you can get decent prices at times.

    If you can get to a local meet, you might be able to try some in person as members tend to bring all of their sharp toys with them.

    Even the Big Boy is not too big to carry in a pack or side pocket. I cannot imagine a non folding saw for bushcraft use. I think the curved blades are supposed to be better for cutting limbs, but I am no expert.
     
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    I just mentioned yesterday about using my new Silky. Even posted a pic upon its arrival. I'm sure you saw... ;)
    But seriously, and granted it is a bigger, more expensive saw than my Bahco Laplander, the Ultra Accel I just bought off Amazon is amazing. Like a knife through butter is exactly what I said. I'm also comparing it to a non-folding Craftsman curved blade saw someone gave me a while back. The skinny blade of the Silky coupled with the cut on the pull stroke struck me as having made the wrong choice before. I need to get another. I like it that much.

    As far as straight vs curved, I feel a curved blade helps "hug" the branch better and bite in. That's why you always see curved blades on telescopic tree trimmers where you can't apply much pressure and need the blade to do the work.
     
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    Love? kinda too strong a term for me. I really LIKE my Silky PocketBoy... but my favorite is still a 32" metal frame bow saw. I also like my Bahco Laplander, and my two home-made takedown bucksaws. Each has a niche role for my outdoor use, and fill them well.
     
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    I have a couple. They do their job well. Pretty handy to have around.

    There is even one in my wife's get home bag.
     
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    I have a “big boy” and a “gomboy” and I love them both. Excellent saws.

    Just be careful on the push stroke as they will flex and can snap if it binds. I know from personal experience. They do the majority of their work on the pull stroke.
     
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    They cut well, but keep you honest on a smooth stroke. I had the blade on mine snap at a meet when someone was ding a cut race with it. I don't think it would have happened under normal use or if the person was more familiar with the saw before attempting the speed cut.
     
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    I used a Silky Sugoi while I worked for Parks and rec. If I could justify spend the cash I would have one.
     
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    My buddy has the 270 and I the laplander. The silky burns through wood. Much more aggressive than my laplander. God forbid you get careless.
     
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    The Silky Saws are great; for sure. But consider that the Corona folding saws will match the Silkys of equal size, stroke for stroke, for about half the price. They're available at Lowe's for $20 for the 10"model #RS 7265. Also available at Home Depot and Walmart and Ace Hardware.
    Victor
     
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    I have a small Pocketboy with two blades (one for wood, one for bone) that rides in my hunting pack; when I know I'm going to process a lot of wood I have larger Mebae

    Silky's cut- I've run just about every small saw available (haven't run any of the Coronas though) and they're all gone now, except the Silky's

    and most definitely they are designed to cut on the pull stroke
     
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    The silky saws have an almost cult like following, but some people prefer the Ichiban Samurai, which is also cheaper.
     
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    You're very welcome brother! Someone shared it with me shortly after I joined and it's sure been a ton of help when searching for things.

    btw I have the Silky big boy with large teeth and it works great.
     
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    They're very nice. I have a big boy and a pocketboy.

    Corona and Komelon both are 1/2 the price and cut near as well. I would say for the gomboy size they're a pretty even match, easier to find and probably a better value.

    From all the ones I've used, The pocket and big boy are each kind of in a class of their own due to the combination of size and cut speed. For the size and weight it's amazing what a big boy can do easily.
     
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    I've got a Silky 210 Super Accel, and a Katanaboy 500.

    The 210 is small, but does big work. Here's a tree I limbed up with the little 210.

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    I have Silky PocketBoy, 170 with a medium tooth blade. I use at it home as much as I do at bushcraft camp. Great saw. I did snap the original saw blade off, left it in a partially cut tree and another tree fell on it, hitting the handle. I drilled a couple holes in the old saw blade. attached a handle and my mom not uses it to cut small limbs. I think they are worth the money..
     
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    Great thread. I have a big boy 2000, great saw. Big but not too big to pack. If I could have only one of would still be my mini-hoss... but it would be close. :)

    @Pastor Chris ... If you could have only one saw for Bushcraft duty what would it be? What length, what blade, fine or coarse or ???
     
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    I'm a big fan of some of their non folding models. I have the Genki Temagari 500 and another one that is a bit smaller but the name eludes me at the moment. Best cutting hand saws I have ever used.
     
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    Another fan of Silky's here, I have the pocket boy and gomboy 400 I think? Anyway amazing saws and the next saw I get will be the big boy. They do take a little getting use to so take it slow at first until you get the feel for it.
     
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    I looked up that Pocket Boy.
    I think that will be my next.

    Are the small straight blades pull cut, too?
    If so, do you find that hampers you a little compared to a push/pull cut in a small saw?
     
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    If I had to choose one for packing/bushcraft it would be the Ultra Accel. It is build to last and I find the size very capable for rough and fine work. I have the stock Lg teeth and can use those for firewood or spoons, with a little care.

    http://www.silkysaws.com/Silky_Saws...ht-Blade-240mm-LG-teeth-#sthash.CmODWofY.dpbs


    Yes, pull cut. Thinner kerf and less bending of the blade. No down-side IMO. I have used pull saws for many years for woodworking and see no disadvantage.
     
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    Thanks.
    I was thinking with the shorter stroke it might be hindered only being able to cut in one direction, but you would know :)
     
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    no hindering, like a hot knife through butter :4:
     
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    Man oh man, Silky has so many models it's so hard to pick one!
    I think I might get two - one small and one bigger!!!
    :45::45::45:
     
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    For my needs, they are the best options for a variety of uses.
     
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    I've got like 6 of them. Sugoi is my favorite, it saved our bacon on a night that was 20 degrees colder than expected.
     
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    I've really been thinking of trying one of their non folding models. I've had my eyes on the Zubat. Not too big but not too small either.
     
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    Have tried them all. Prefer my silky but the corona is almost the ssme for half the cost.
     
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    I have four Silkies and nothing beats them. I love Silky . 1527192085213-1837172050.jpg
     
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    I've always carried a Laplander until I tried a Silky last year.

    A few weeks later.....

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    I ended up selling the Bigboy XL (on top). I would still like to own a saw that size but this one just felt too fragile to me, I'm sure I would have broken it if I kept using it. This might say more about me than the saw though, as many here seem to love theirs.

    The two below it are my favs, the Ultra Accel Curved & F180 with the large teeth. The UA for its sturdiness and performance (it's built like a tank and the wide curved blade is probably their strongest blade in the 240mm size), the F180 for ease of carry. It's lighter and thinner than a Laplander but the same size, it cuts (much) faster & is easier to carry on my person when I don't want to carry a bag.

    The Pocketboy at the bottom is a 5$ clone by the way, but a good one. Has a slightly thicker blade than the original so it's stronger but at the same time it cuts a bit slower.

    This guy's videos really helped me narrowing down my choices if you haven't found them already. He's also really helpful and responsive in his comment section if you have any questions after seeing the videos.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8tGfPfZh-L1XYNu28gQDcw
     
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    A pic of the Katanaboy 500,

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    The teeth of the Katanaboy, the Super Accel 210, and a BK11 for scale,

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    I had the Bigboy 2000 with extra coarse teeth in my vehicle pack a couple years ago when the road along the bay was blocked by a medium sized spruce blow-down. The tree was sectioned in amazingly little time and effort with me cutting and another driver pulling pieces into the ditch. I bought a Gomboy 240 in the meantime for my day pack. Eventually, I'll own a Katanaboy 500 as a permanent part of my truck kit. It's a poor man's chain saw.

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    that’s exactly what I need behind the seat of my truck
     
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    That's where mine stays. I don't bother with loading up a chainsaw for a backcountry drive anymore.
     
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    Silky saws are fantastic.
    -pruning
    -processing wood
    -cutting bone
    I put mine through he'll and they always perform flawlessly.
     
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    I was looking for a smaller single buck saw, but couldn’t find what I was looking for; found some like I used for the Forest Service, but they won’t fit behind a seat- this will :)
     
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    Because I hold PC's opinions in high regard, I'm now the proud owner of an Ultra Accel 240.
    This means that my Pocketboy can now have a permanent place in the tool box, since I've used it at work more than I've bushcrafted with it.
     
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    Found a good price on a Katanaboy 500 on eBay, so have one coming. It will reside behind the rear seat of my truck. Expensive, but cheaper (and cleaner) than a chainsaw :4:
     
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    I love my katanaboy 500, when I got it it was on sale through a japanese trader on ebay at about 40% of the usual price which was an absolute bargain.
    I have used on on melamine, greenwood and seasoned hardwood. It cuts flawlessly on all that falls under it.
    When I took ot out a couple of weeks agon to cut standing dead oaks it spurred me to start a thread here about cleaning the teeth, I have been using a small nail brush but when I did it nicked me. It still surprises me that the teeth are not only still as sharp as a scalpel if not sharper but they are still mirror polished for the most part.

    I cannot recommend it enough. I would say it's a little big for some people, however, if it's the only one you have you do find reasons to justify it. I wouldn't want to carry anything bigger if I am going into the woods, but if I had a homestead or something then I would certainly look at the 650 and the 1000mm model.

    Going smaller my next purchase will probably be another straight blade with a 300-360 sort of blade. I have no need for the curved blades as I don't de limb anything above me very often which is where they serve the best use. But I definitely want something at some point that wil fit in my back pack.
     
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    Bought a PocketBoy 130, and it's replaced my Bahco Laplander.
     
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    Did a bunch of cutting and pruning today with a Big Boy, enough to fill up a long bed truck up over the roof, packed tight.

    It always amazes me how these bushcraft tools can be repurposed for everyday use. ;)
     

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