There may be times when you’re far from town and nothing but a saw will accomplish the work at hand. The Ultimate Survival Technologies SaberCut Saw works. Use it with common sense and it won’t break, but it’s a chainsaw without the motor. You’ll miss that motor.
At 5-1/2 ounces including the nylon belt pouch, the Sabercut is light enough to take along and functions well enough to justify the effort. Branches of about 3 inches diameter yield to the Sabercut fairly quickly but not without some hard work. Cut straight or you’ll put unnecessary strain on both saw and self. The nylon webbing loops are functional but certainly not comfortable. The Sabercut is a survival tool and probably not something you’ll want to use except in an emergency. It’s a good thing to have in the glove compartment if you’re traveling back roads, since it really could clear a path through a downed tree.
The cutting edge is a re-designed chainsaw chain built to cut in either direction. That only works out if you have a partner, otherwise expect to cut on the pull stroke. The option of looping the blade around a sapling or a branch requires a two-handed reciprocating technique, but will only work well on softer woods. A straight cut requires less force to move the blade through the work.
The best feature of the SaberCut is compact portability. A crosscut saw would work easier and better, but it’s hard to fold up a four-foot bucksaw to fit the pack. Oil the Sabercut lightly before you set out on your trip to avoid problems with frozen chain links, and be very careful when you sharpen the Sabercut’s teeth. Unlike a chainsaw chain, the Sabercut has no safe direction.
For a fail-safe approach to camp chores, consider the Gransfors Bruks Mini-Hatchet.
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