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Recommend me a camping axe or saw(Got a Fiskars)

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by Omega Man, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. yam350

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    Re: Recommend me a light weight camping axe or saw

    This the Sawvivor is a little more at $36 but is a little more useable too. http://campingsurvival.com/18sacosawtr.html I have used the Sven saw and others like it and I find the frame is limited in clearance.
     
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    I carry a Gränsfors Mini Belt Hatchet (it only weighs 10oz ) and sometimes an Unbelievable Saw pocket chainsaw 5oz Unbelievable Saw
     
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    Dodger, what's your opinion on the pocket chainsaw?
     
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    Re: Recommend me a light weight camping axe or saw

    +1 on the Bahco Laplander

    I used it camping and it ripped through our firewood etc. It's lightweight, comfy in the hand and easy work to use.
     
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    Well I bought this today to try, a Fiskars Pruning Folding Saw. It stinks on ice. It would have taken me 15 minutes to get through a branch the size I was getting through yesterday with a crappy old hammer-axe I have. I'm promptly taking it back tomorrow.
    I think I may have to admit an axe is my best option in this after all, though I still really want to give the Pocket Chainsaw a try. I also may have just picked the completely wrong folding saw. The Laplander is well loved it seems.

    EDIT- Seems the Kershaw/Bahco is REALLY loved. And pretty cheap. I think I sense a xmas gift. Thank you for mentioning it nuphoria!
     
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    Re: Recommend me a light weight camping axe or saw

    18 inch Sawvivor
     
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    I've been using a woodsmans pal for many years. They're great on heavy brush and for small trees. As for a small axe I go for a Hudson Bay axe, usually from Ben Meadows. The head on it is nice and light with plenty of cutting edge. I keep a nice stone for sharpening and a good cover on them when not in use.
     
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    Omega,
    I have the fiskars. They are very limited. The key to all the folding types, or even the hacksaw style is the blade has to be long to make the work easy. That is why the the hand chain saws work so well. It is 21 inches long and the whole "blade" is used. Two people can use it together. (Probably this is the case in the video of the tree being cut.) With the seven, or sawvivor you never really get to the ends of the 18 inch blade.
    That said the blades are replaceable, which is nice. Always good to have a sharp blade.

    --johnny
     
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    Just saw this video of a Golok, Fiskars Axe, and saw and it puts it into perspective for me. I think an axe or even golok, would be more fun, if not more effective. Not as light wieght, but I'd be trying to get through pieces 3 times as big as the one he was. And that would take FOREVER with a folding saw.
     
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    The fiskars hatchet is about as light as it gets, lighter than some 7" fixed blade even.
     
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    Did you happen to watch the video by the same man comparing the times for the hand saw and the chain saw? As I timed it on the Utube video, it looked like the chain saw cut through the wood in about 1/4 the time.
     
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    My God, I thought that vid was going to be a gas powered "chainsaw", that's why I ignored it. But man! That took all of about 16 seconds.
    I may have to get both, a small Fiskars and the pocket saw. I'll watch the Axe vid later, ryball, thank you for posting it.
     
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    Seriously, take a look at the pack saw I recommended earlier. It's a really well made and compact saw - http://www.upgradeinnovations.com/product.php

    I have been looking at getting a nice axe for a while, but I've thought better of it since I have young kids that could get hurt with me swinging one around.
     
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    That combi saw is very compact.
     
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    Well I watched some Sven saw videos, and I think I've come to a conclusion about all this. An axe is just more what I think I need for my uses. A Fiskars 14" is just shy of 1lb, so it would be good for packing and hiking, or I'd just strap it to my belt. And seriously, I think and axe would be so cool to have. Those and golocks seem so cool now, thanks guys!

    EDIT- Fiskars 14" on they way via ebay.
     
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    Alright, the Fiskars arrived, and it is LIGHT. Feels lighter than a can of beer. And it seems a few inches shorter than the Gerber axe my friend has, the head seems a little smaller than I remember. But I really like it, it's raining now or I'd be out there trying it out.
    Thanks to everyone for your opinions!
     
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    Sorry about the delay in replying.
    The saw is fantastic I recently had to cut a 12 inch hardwood log that had hung up in a tree 20 feet off the ground near our campsite, with the help of a friend and some rope we were able to cut it down safely and staying on the ground out of harms way, 40 bucks well spent as far as I am concerned.
     
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    I've got a Wetterlings. Everyone should have one!