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PostSat Dec 05, 2020 5:24 pm 
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If you have been on the BackpackingLight forum in the past few years you know there are a couple of threads about light weight saws. Some of the most interesting discussion is in the DYI thread. I just picked up two saws from folks in that thread.

Dave Gardner from https://gold-gear-96.webself.net/home basically takes Corona saw blades (available on Amazon) then grinds them down and welds on a handle. I have field tested it in my garden and it feels and saws great.

GOLD Gear saw
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GOLD Gear saw. He can make it sub 3 ounces if you want.
GOLD Gear saw. He can make it sub 3 ounces if you want.

Also, It has been said that the Silky Pocketboy is one of the best small saws but the handle is bulky and makes it around a half pound. No problem....Jan Rezac from the Czech Republic has perfected a 3-D printed honeycomb handle that is about one ounce. Because of print time and availability of materials I am not sure they are in commercial production but I got lucky and managed to get one. I also tested this on green wood in my garden and it works great. What a nice little saw.

Silky saw blade with 3-D printed handle
Silky saw blade with 3-D printed handle
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PostSat Dec 05, 2020 7:56 pm 
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But will it trim brush between two trees so they don't scratch your butt while you lay in your hammock?
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PostSat Dec 05, 2020 8:11 pm 
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Sorry, Lloyd, I shouldn't hijack your topic.  Just being a smart***. 

I used to carry lightweight saw(s) but since most of the places I go anymore prohibit fires, it's become unnecessary.  I have some super-cool, light-weight saws that I use for pruning that I think could work well in the backcountry too
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PostSat Dec 05, 2020 8:27 pm 
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Downhill wrote:
I shouldn't hijack your topic. 

I can't take any credit for this topic. It has been on BackpackingLight for years.
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PostMon Dec 07, 2020 7:49 am 
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I got one of the folding ones. I like the idea of just throwing a small saw in my day pack, and having it handy for trail maintenance.
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PostMon Dec 07, 2020 12:42 pm 
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OOPS! My humble apologies to Dave, he does not weld the handle on to his saws. He cuts it from the mother blade. That would make it a much more substantial design.

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handle outline
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PostMon Dec 07, 2020 12:44 pm 
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rossb wrote:
I got one of the folding ones. I like the idea of just throwing a small saw in my day pack, and having it handy for trail maintenance.

I agree, this nice little saw can just be left in a pack with no problem. I think if Jan starts production the response will be overwhelming.
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PostTue Dec 08, 2020 11:54 pm 
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A good harvestin' saw will give you a decent chance at rising to power on a multi day group trip

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