Choosing wood cutting tools for your survival gear can be complicated because of weight. Axes, hatchets, and saws can be heavy and cumbersome. A much lighter option is a flexible saw.
A flexible saw, or survival chainsaw, is a chainsaw-type blade strung between two handles. They all weigh in at 5 or 6 o.z. At that weight I can’t think why you wouldn’t want one in your survival gear.
Besides weight, it is pretty amazing how effective these things can be with very little effort. (See the video below) You just wrap it around a tree or piece of wood and slide back and forth.
After poking around online for a while I found there are 3 different saws that seem to be the most popular. The Unbelievable Saw, The Pocket Chainsaw, and The SaberCut saw
After looking at all three and reading customer reviews I think the SaberCut Saw is probably the best choice for a couple of reasons.
Loop HandlesIt has loops instead of handles. Obviously your hands are going to get tired using this thing for long periods of time. Being able to put those around your wrists and pull with your arms instead of holding on with your fingers is going to be a huge advantage.
Also check out how the SaberCut connects to the blade and loops with metal clips and both the others use little pieces of nylon.
Chainsaw BladeThe SaberCut has a more traditional chainsaw blade that is stronger and can be sharpened with a chainsaw sharpening kit, whereas the others have saw tooth blades that will become dull faster and are harder to sharpen because there are so many. (Incidentally, who knew you could buy a chainsaw sharpening kit for your Dremel – Awesome)
The SaberCut is an actual chain, the other two are flat pieces of metal stamped together.
PouchThe SaberCut saw comes with a pouch for easy carrying. The Pocket Chainsaw comes in a metal tin, and the Unbelievable Saw comes in a ziplock bag. (unbelievable). We are survivalists and every piece of gear needs a pouch. Period.
SpecsHere’s the quick specs on the SaberCut:
Material: Blade & handle clips: Black oxide coated steel
Weight: (saw and case): 6 ounces (170.1g)
Blade Length: 24 inches
You can get the SaberCut on Amazon for $29.
VideoHere is a short video of the SaberCut Saw in action. It is really a commercial from the company, but you still get to see it.