How many Toolmongers own a folding saw? I haven’t seen them very often, but the Sven 15″ from REI is one I’m thinking of putting in the toolkit in our truck. With an aluminum frame, it weighs only 15 oz. and reviewers say it’s so effective and easy to use (one said “like a deli slicer on a salami”), you have to take special care to keep your fingers out of the way. Fortunately the blade folds into the handle for storage.
It’s another great piece of camping gear, capable of cutting firewood, removing fallen branches from roads, slicing up a turkey roast, cutting a Christmas tree — this lightweight saw is supposed to cut through 6 – 8″ thick logs in seconds — at least that’s what almost everyone who reviewed them says.
The 15″ Sven runs around $27, and REI offers an online-only 21″ version for $28.95.
What about your experience with folding saws? Are there any major drawbacks we should be aware of?