Update: June 21, 2017
We’re updating this article with the arrival of the Silky Katanaboy 500. This is a massive hand saw that measures 52 inches long and part of the Katanaboy line that sports an even longer 650mm model as well. Retailing for $257, this is the saw that can take on serious trail clearing work.
So we quickly rode to the forest to take on the fallen logs that ‘needed a chainsaw’ and went to work. We encountered a hard wood tree on one pictured above and it was a bit of work. Blade was thin and did not get hung up but it was long enough that focus had to be maintained to keep it straight. Handle was incredible and it was comfortable for getting leverage and pulling force into the saw. It does require a lot of room to operate so one has to select a clear area to operate the saw.
We got it done indeed and tackled three more problem areas in the trail. One thing to watch out for is these saws can tackle big trees so extra care has to be taken to ensure the trees are stable and not under tension that can release when cut.
May 26, 2017
As stewards of the trail, it is our duty to clear the trail of debris and not just ride it. One of the most effective tools we discovered this season are Silky saws from Japan. They’re not cheap but they’re definitely a good value with insightful design and high quality construction.
We tried three models and each delivered good performance for specific size and budget requirements. And the great news is there’s about 40 more models they produce if none of these fit your needs. Press play to learn more.
Silky POCKETBOY 170
Compact lightweight folding saw with 6-3/4-inch blade that will take up very little room in your pocket or backpack. Nicknamed “Little Giant” due to its extraordinary cutting capacity.
- Length : 15.3 in, 6.7 in, 8.1 in
- Blade Thickness, mm : 1.1
- Price: $52
A cost effective folding saw that is ideal for every pruning task and outdoor project you have in mind. This lightweight folding saw is fit with large or fine teeth on a 7-inch blade. The F180 Professional securely and effortlessly locks in two different angle positions, allowing you to cut quickly through green wood branches and small firewood.
F180 is available in two teeth sizes/configurations (tpi – teeth per inch): 6.5 tpi – Large/Coarse (pruning, green wood) and 12 tpi – Fine (hard dry wood). Each F180 has a color-coded handle associated with the teeth configuration: Red – Large teeth and Yellow – Fine teeth.
- 7-inch (180 mm) blade length
- 6.5 teeth per inch (7.5 teeth per 30 mm) teeth configuration
- 0.4 pounds (180 grams) weight
- Price: $45
Silky Bigboy, 360mm
360mm folding hand saw, 14.2-in blade 30.11-in overall length, 6 teeth per inch, 1 lbs
There are folding saws and then there is the Bigboy. With a blade length of over 14 inches, the Bigboy offers a larger cutting capacity, extended reach, and longer stroke for fast cutting. This saw can handle large limbs, small trunks and even many construction projects with no problem. Lightweight, with a thicker and stronger aluminum handle and longer blade, the Bigboy is perfect for cutting larger jobs down to size. This saw weighs just 1.25lb (570g). Price: $85
For more info visit www.silkysaws.com