I think it’s absolutely incredible how little preppers know about survival saws. This is crazy to me – especially since this handy survival tool is a huge godsend in a survival situation!
Think about it this way – whether you’re building a bug out shelter, creating a snare, or making a fire, it is absolutely essential you have a sharp blade to cut those pieces of wood.
And, unfortunately, most other survival tools just have too many disadvantages in an emergency.
For example, an ax takes a lot of motion and energy to swing, and its blade dulls easily. A hatchet uses all your energy in one arm (unless you’re ambidextrous and have great aim), and the typical survival knife has difficulty cutting through really thick branches.
However, survival saws are safe, efficient, sharp, and don’t dull easily. Many are also lightweight and compact, making them easy to carry with you once SHTF.
And when you’re in an emergency, survival saws can seriously be your best friend in getting your shelter/fire/snare up and running ASAP.
I want to make sure you bring the right ones with you in a crisis. That’s why I want to talk to you about…
Survival Saws: What You Need To Know
What To Look For:
1 – Size Of The Teeth
When selecting your survival saw, you’ll need to take the teeth of it into consideration. For example, large teeth move efficiently through large branches, but can take a toll on your arm/shoulder when they catch on the branch.
Small teeth make the sawing motion easier and smoother, but take longer to cut through the wood.
Usually something between these two extremes is best.
2 – Length Of The Blade
Consider the length of the saw blade. The length will determine how wide/thick a branch you can cut.
You’ll need a few inches of blade on each side of the wood in order to get a good range of motion going. And the longer each side of the blade is, the faster you’ll be able to cut (and the less motion you’ll put your arm through).
3 – Size Of Your Survival Saw
You can’t afford to be lugging an enormous survival saw around with you – especially in a SHTF situation. Lightweight, compact tools are the name of the game when bugging out – and survival saws are no exception.
However, your saw shouldn’t be so compact that you’re sacrificing the quality of the blade. After all, you’ll need this survival tool for a huge assortment of tasks.
Make sure your survival saws are small enough to fit in your pack, but are strong and durable enough to last. Folding saws are excellent for this exact purpose.
4 – Durability Of The Blade
A blade that breaks easily is basically worthless in a survival situation. Not only will this leave you without a survival tool, but it’ll also make it dangerous to try to use the blade afterward.
Do yourself a favor and just buy a super durable blade so you won’t have to worry about this stuff later.
5 – Comfort Of The Handle
When you’re in an emergency, you’re going to realize real quick you need your survival saws constantly. And sawing that much can really take a toll on your hands.
Make sure the handle is comfortable to begin with. Otherwise, your hands may callous and blister – making it even harder to saw wood.
6 – Flexibility Of The Blade
The blade should have some give when sawing. If it’s too straight and rigid, the blade will most likely snap off when caught on the wood.
However, too much flexibility will make it even harder to cut your wood. Choose a blade with a little give, but one that won’t bow and bend easily.
Now that we know what to look for (and avoid) when choosing a survival saw, it’s time to compare the best of the best. Watch the video below to discover which survival saw YOU should bring on your next bug out trip!