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We saw this in use last week clearing debris after a storm, and we thought it looked like a good idea.  (We were right.)  Stanley’s folding pocket saw takes a folding hand held approach to your fieldwork cutting needs. 

When closed, it looks like a large — 8″ in the closed position — pocket or razor-bladed knife.  Only when the you open the blade and start sawing something quickly apart does it dawn on the casual observer that the object in question has just been sawed in half, not cut.

The blade folds up into the handle just like a pocket knife, which is a clever –- and obvious now that we think about it — way to solve a few issues that crop up with normal hand saws:  The folding blade removes the risk of accidentally slicing you or your pocket when it’s  stowed there.  And, when the blade is out and in use the pivot locking mechanism of the knife makes the saw free from accidental blade closing since the motion used to saw is not in the direction that the blade would close — handy if you’ve grown attached to your digits.

It can use a standard saber or reciprocating blade, which gives you a pretty wide selection of available blade types and tooth counts.

Its price and the ability to change the blade to what might suit you makes for a versatile saw to have on the job site, and the folding pocket saw is widely available on the web and at your local home center for around $11. 

Folding Pocket Saw [Stanleytools]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


3 Responses to The Stanley Folding Pocket Saw

  1. Jon says:

    This seems like it would be a good addition to anyone’s disaster kit/car tool box for small downed trees or any other situation that calls for a compact saw.

  2. Myself says:

    Anything this would cut in a timely fashon, you could probably drive over/around in the first place. But the price is right, and it can’t hurt to throw one in your kit.

    We’ve owned one of these for several years, and despite a decidedly cheap feel, it’s held up remarkably well under occasional use. You’ll be hard-pressed to dull a Sawzall blade in a hand tool, but the interchangeability is nice for functional reasons. It’d be cool if the handle would store a few different types of blades, but I guess that’s nothing Wondermagnet and a few drops of epoxy couldn’t fix.

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