Pocketable Folding Saw

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  1. sulaco

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    I have several nice saws, some fold, some collapse, some are fixed. But now I am looking for something like the Opinel folding saw that I can fit in my pocket along with a small fixed blade knife for light hiking, or just out and about and see an interesting stick that needs cutting and carving. Any thoughts?

    I'd love to have the Opinel but I can never find one in stock unless it's from some foreign market and they want an arm and a leg for it.

    Thanks!
     
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    Smaller than the Opi; a SAK with a saw. For example Ranger, Farmer or Hiker.
    Bigger; Bahco Laplander.
     
  3. sulaco

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    Yeah I own both of those also. Several SAKs actually. I was hoping for something kind of in between the SAK size and the Bahco. The Opinel fits in that slot perfectly but for some reason I can't find anything else that does. Oh well!
     
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    Silky pocketboy, but might be bigger than what you want. The Gerber sliding saw is light and compact, but not as robust as the other options.
     
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    SAK with a saw is probably your best bet. My sons both have Victorinox Walkers for example which are 2 layer 83mm SAKs with a saw, knife, and combo tool. A nice light and affordable option.
     
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    Do you own one of the 130 mm SAK series?

    The saws are slightly less in length than the small Opinel saw and not as wide, but they are a step up from the standard SAK. They have a locking blade, too. I bought one for haversack carry. I saw YT videos where the small Opinel out performs it, but it may my needs.

    I have several saws that are larger which I can take if necessary.

    I do like Opinel.
     
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    I have a SAK multi tool that has a longer saw than the 90mm SAKs but it's not really what I want to tote around for this use case. The 130mm SAKs are nice but for that much money I'd just buy the foreign import Opinel. I was hoping for something more affordable than the 50-60 dollars those Opinels seem to be getting currently. Thanks for all the input!
     
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    UST has a couple saws in the 5”-5.5” blade range
     
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    I have the #12 Opinel saw and got it for the same reason you want it. Nice saw but it has a super thin blade for the size of the handle. Go easy on it.
     
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    These were going to be my suggestions
     
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    I've had 2 of these and while they work well it's only a matter of time before you end up bending the saw in my experience. Any amount of binding will cause the saw to bend if you don't catch youself in time. Worth considering, but with those caveats.
     
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    I've got the Opinel #12 saw. It is a fine crafting saw, as stated. It is thin, but I don't use it for fire prep, ect. They are in stock on Amazon, and I've ordered two through them. I don't see this availability issue you speak of. They are always in stock.
     
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    Contact Baryonyx knife and ask if they would order you one.
     
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    I have an ultracompact obsession - THIS set-up still works best for me.
     
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    I have been wanting an Opinel folding saw but the price is out of range right now as I have two folding camp saws and a swiss army knife with saw and I dont technically need another camp saw.

    I started getting into a pocket saws because I saw a survivor man show where Les Stroud was using a small folding saw like a SAK or Leatherman and he made a good point by saying a small saw may not be able to cut like a bigger saw but it beats no saw at all when cutting branches and saplings to build a shelter.

    I have two camp folding saws one is a Magellan camp saw that I got at Academy on clearance for $4.98, it ways 8oz and a few days after I bought it a big storm knocked down a a tree branch in a neighbors yard. I asked my neighbor if I could cut it up because I wanted to test my new saw. I got done I about 10 minutes.

    You can sign up with Opinel USA to be notified when they have no. 12's in stock. A link I clicked on says they are $35 but the actual webpage did not list a price. The no. 18's were avaliable for $55.
    https://www.opinel-usa.com/products/opinel-saw-knife-no12?_pos=2&_sid=71d155d35&_ss=r

    The pocket sierra saw is only $8.38 with free delivery to my local Walmart. This is much more affordable if I just want to pick up a new saw to test. The biggest thing with this saw that I am reading is, it cuts on the pull only.
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Coghlans-Pocket-Sierra-Saw/21863745

    Here are two other links of reviews
    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/couglans-pocket-sierra-folding-saw.160192/

    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/coghlans-seirra-saw.109342/

    But I dont have a need for another pocket saw right now like @sulaco does. I cannot remember when the last time I used my SAK saw to cut wood. I did use the saw on my Firefly ferro rod not to long ago when I was testing a fire strip roll.

    GOD Bless you and your families

    Kenneth
     
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    get a piece of 1 inch dowel a foot long at Lowes or home depot....

    go to the tool section and buy a replacement saw blade for a sawzall or recripicating saw ..... yes, I spell poorly, sorry

    go to hardware section and buy a wing nut, bolt, and a couple washers....

    take dowel home, use saw blade to make a cut down the side like a hot dog bun.....

    drill a hole thru the top for the bolt, washers, and wing nut.....

    lay saw blade flat in the groove you cut.... slide bolt thru hole in wood, hole in saw, and hole in wood.... tighten wing nut.

    total cost about 7 bucks... maybe.... home made folding saw to do exactly what you wanted, with the knowledge that you did it yourself.....

    if ya wanna get fancy, use brass hardware, and stain the wood.... end of day, it's still gonna do what you want .....cheap

    ?
     
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    Vintage Gerber Sport Saw.. they come up on E-bay fairly often. The blade is also easily sharpened with the same two files you use for a chainsaw.
     
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    Check out the schrade. Son of a gun
     
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    The SAK Trekker has a decent saw... only about 4" long, iirc, but handy for clearing brush around a climber stand, or woodcrafting stuff in camp.

    Silky PocketBoy 130 is about 5" long.
     
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    I just saw a Felco Pocket Saw at the hardware store yesterday. It looked like a good option. 5.5” saw blade. Perfect for my mtn-bike bag.
     
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    That would be my choice.
     
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    Thanks for all of the great recommendations! The larger SAK, the PocketBoy and the Opinel itself are all within 10-15 dollars of each other, and would be my three choices. Given that the Opinel was what I originally wanted, I suppose I just need to keep searching to try and find one here, or save up and buy one from overseas. Thanks again!

    I forgot to add, I have a galvanized trash can slam full of fatwood I need to process. Whenever I get bored, or waiting on epoxy to dry or some such thing, I pull some out and process it. I have a Bahco saw I use for this and it works great. It's just too big for pocket carry for me.
     
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    Woohoo! I just found one in stock for $39 shipped!!!! I didn't really have the money, but short of waiting and then still having to pay shipping, this was my best choice I think.
     

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