Folding saws are compact saws that are made to take with you wherever you may need to take them. They don’t all cut the same, and trying to decide which one will meet your needs the best can be daunting. We have reviewed many folding saws for you and will share some of the pros and cons for the top eight that we believe may be best for you.
|Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw|
|Corona RazorTOOTH Folding Pruning Saw||13 oz||4.70/5|
|EverSaw Folding Hand Saw|
(Best for the Money)
|Silky Professional Series Folding POCKETBOY||8 oz||4.45/5|
|Primos Hunting 6018 Folding Saw||9 oz||4.25/5|
We found the Bahco 396-LAP Laplander to be the best folding saw for wildlife enthusiasts and those who like to hunt or camp. It has a stainless steel 7½-inch blade with a TPI of seven. The blade has a special coating to help prevent rusting and provide less resistance while you are cutting. This saw has a safety lock in the handle that will lock the blade in place, whether it is folded in or out.
To give you the right grip, the Bahco 396-LAP comes with a handle that’s made from two-component plastic. It also has a comfortable leather strap to make it easier to take with you.
When we opened this knife, we saw that even though it was designed to be used for more substantial outdoor jobs, the blade is pretty thin. We were also a little disappointed in the locking mechanism. Even though it does lock your blade in an open or closed position, it doesn’t take much pressure at all for the lock to give when it’s open.
The Corona RazorTOOTH Folding Pruning Saw has a curved 10-inch blade with up to six teeth per inch. The teeth on this saw are three-sided and impulse hardened to give them a longer lifespan. It also has a comfortable, molded ergonomic handle to provide you with a good grip.
The bottom side of the handle is not sealed, and the opening leaves some of the teeth exposed. You have to be careful how you carry it.
We also found the blade to be a little flimsy; it didn’t take too much to bend. It cut quickly and efficiently at first, but it didn’t take long before you could actually feel the blade losing its sharpness. You can tell because it takes longer to cut through something with dull teeth. We would give this blade about a six-month life span.
The EverSaw Folding Hand Saw is one of the best survival folding saws. The heavy-duty eight-inch blade has triple-cut razor hardened teeth that will stay sharp. It’s also very comfortable and safe to use because of the ergonomically shaped slip-resistant handle with a safety lock built into it.
Another great perk of this saw is that it has a lifetime warranty in case anything ever happens to it. EverSaw will replace your saw or refund you with no questions asked.
This saw is heavy, so you won’t want to take it someplace that will require you to carry it for an extended period. The thick blade has teeth that aren’t very deep, so it takes longer to cut through things, and it bound up easily with any type of wood that we tried it on.
Be careful with the locking mechanism. When the knife is locked in the open position, the lock doesn’t hold the blade straight, but allows it to bend back further than it should.
The Silky Professional Series Folding POCKETBOY comes in a variety of different lengths with a range of 6.8 to 16.9 TPI, depending on the length of the blade. They have rubber non-slip handles to ensure that you have a good firm grip on the saw at all times.
The POCKETBOY does have a rust-resistant blade, but it’s pretty fragile. It bends quite easily, and it may not take much to break it. This may be because people put more pressure on things they push, and this saw cuts with a pull stroke. You have to push the blade in slowly and emphasize the pull to cut.
The Primos Hunting 6018 Folding Saw is the best saw we found for hunting due to the offset teeth and sure-grip rubber handle. There’s a single push button lock on the handle to lock the blade in place. This is easy to do with one hand, but it only locks the blade open, not closed. It also comes with a case to carry it in.
This saw will do the job if you only have a little money to spend, but don’t expect anything spectacular. The blade is thin and bends if you apply too much pressure or try to cut too fast. The handle may be rubber-coated, but the inside is made of what looks and feels like pretty cheap plastic. That plastic may be part of the reason why the joint connecting the knife to the handle feels weak, like it could break at any moment.
The Agawa Canyon Folding Bow Saw (BOREAL21) is a compact saw with a stainless steel blade that folds into the proper open or closed position. The automatic blade tensioning system snaps the blade into place hard and is very loud. However, it is effortless to do and can be done one-handed.
This saw is on the larger side, so it’s heavier than a lot of saws. Don’t plan on taking it someplace where you’ll have to carry it a long distance.
The biggest issue with this saw, though, is the lever used to open and close it. It’s made out of plastic. This lever gets used all the time and could break pretty easily if you’re not careful.
The Silky F-180 Folding Saw has impulse hardened teeth, which keeps them sharp three times longer than the teeth on some other saws. The hardening gives them the strength to cut but leaves the rest of the blade rigid. The blade is thin and flexes a lot when you’re cutting something. You have to cut slowly, and it takes a good amount of effort on your part. It does lock into two different positions, though, so it’s easier to get the right angle for your cut.
This saw has a fiberglass polypropylene handle with a rubber insert to give you a firm grip, but the saw itself is very heavy. Weight usually means that something is durable, but this saw isn’t made for heavy-duty use. It’s excellent for around the home, but too heavy to carry any distance to cut for long periods.
The Kershaw Buck Commander Taskmaster Folding Saw has a seven-inch carbon steel blade that releases to open with one hand. The handle is coated in rubber to give you a sure grip and has a lock mechanism built in, though we found that it’s made of low-grade plastic.
The biggest problem with this saw is the blade. It’s thin, so it has a lot of flex in it. You have to cut slowly, and it takes a lot of effort and determination to get all the way through your cut. There is also no coating on this blade, so it binds up easily.
There are many folding saws available that may look really nice to you. The question is, “Will they meet your needs?” Not all saws will. We have included some things that you’ll want to think about while shopping to make sure you find the one that will work best for you.
The best folding saws have adjustable blades to accommodate the material you will be cutting. They’re durable enough to stand up to almost any circumstance that comes up.
Folding saws are meant to be portable, just in case you run into something unexpected that needs to be cut. That is why they are lightweight and made to be carried easily for long periods.
Folding saws are affordable for any size of budget. They’re more convenient to take on the go than multifunctional saws are.
Not all folding saws are made the same. Some are better for use around your home and garden, while others are more rugged, making them better for things like camping or hiking.
No matter what you’ll be using your folding saw for, you’ll want it to have a medium-sized blade. If you get one that is too large, it will be too big and cumbersome to carry with you. If you get one that is too small, it may not be big enough to handle the job that you need it to do.
A saw’s weight is directly affected by its size. Get one that is heavy enough to handle your needs, yet light enough for you to carry for extended periods of time.
The most versatile folding saws have screws that you can tighten or loosen to alter your blade. You can make it longer or shorter, or you can swap it out entirely for one that’s stronger.
You need a saw with a handle that’s the right size and shape for your hand. If you can’t get a good hold on it, you won’t be able to use it. Some grips can be changed if necessary.
The best folding saws to make quick cuts are the ones that are made for camping. They require stronger, more durable blades.
Safety is vital for anything sharp. Every folding knife should have a lock in the handle that will hold the blade in when it’s folded, and hold it firmly out when it’s open.
The number of teeth a saw has is referred to as TPI, or teeth per inch. Larger TPI counts will give you smoother cuts.
Larger teeth will cut faster than smaller ones and are better for softwoods. Medium teeth are best for cutting hardwoods. Small teeth, when used slowly, will make fine cuts in hardwoods.
Make sure the blade is made of material that’s durable enough to withstand the duties it will perform, and still last for more than a year or two.
Sometimes. Some brands of saws will recommend replacing the blades rather than sharpening them. This is because it’s impossible to get the sharpness back to its original condition, so sharpening only extends the blade’s life for a short time.
No. The cutting stroke is determined by the angle of the teeth.
These saws have teeth that are angled away from the handle. Since you can apply more pressure when pushing something, rather than pulling it, a push stroke saw is best for cutting through hard materials.
These saws have teeth that are angled towards the handle. Pull stroke saws are made to make more precise and delicate cuts. Therefore, they usually have thin blades.
If you use your saw to cut trees, you’ll inevitably get sap on it. The best way to clean blades is with soap and water. Most solvents will eat away at the blade, so stay away from them.
You can use a mild cleaner, like oven cleaner. If you do, spray it on, let it sit for ten minutes, and then use a brush to scrub off the resin. If you’re not sure how mild your cleaner is, it’s best to stick with soap and water.
While cleaning your saw blade, wear safety gloves to help avoid any cuts. When you’re finished cleaning the blade, and it has dried, you should always spray it with WD-40.
The type of folding saw you purchase depends on what you’ll be using it for. We have given you some things to consider, and now it’s time for you to begin your hunt. Let us sum up our favorite eight folding saws that we think may be good for you:
1. Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw – Top Pick
2. Corona RazorTOOTH Folding Pruning Saw – The Runner-Up
3. EverSaw Folding Hand Saw – Best for the Money
4. Silky Professional Series Folding POCKETBOY
5. Primos Hunting 6018 Folding Saw – Best for Hunting
6. Agawa Canyon Folding Bow Saw (BOREAL21)
7. Silky F-180 Folding Saw
8. Kershaw Buck Commander Taskmaster Folding Saw
You can make use of these reviews to guide you to the folding saw that will work for you. Now, you just have to go get it.