Packrat do-gooders rejoice! Silky has upped the ante for compact, lightweight trail building and repair tools with their new outdoors-oriented line of folding mini saws. The blades, like all of Silky’s saws for the past 100 years, are hand crafted in the Ono region of Japan, made of impulse hardened steel that’s ground to a perfect blade.
They’re corrosion and resin resistant and designed for minimal friction. The handles and shaping are made to reduce fatigue, increase safety and help you cut quickly. On top of all that, the four blades on offer all fold down small enough to fit in a hydration pack…
Shown at top, the GomBoy Curve (left, orange handle) has a 210mm blade with 6.8 tpi (teeth per inch), 0.5lb (226g) weight and retails for $63.95. The Bigboy 2000 has a 360mm blade (14.2″) that might require one of the larger packs on the market to conceal it, but it should make short work of almost any fallen tree that doesn’t measure larger than your thigh. It has a coarser 5.5 tpi and weighs in at 1lb (450g). Retail is $93.95.
Directly above is the smallest saw in the new collection, the Pocketboy, with a 130mm (5″) blade. It uses a finer 8.5 tpi and weighs just 0.35lb (158g) without its included carrying case. Retail is $48.95.
In between them all is the F180, a 180mm (7″) blade with 6.4 tpi and 0.4lb (180g) weight. It’s the only one of the bunch that’ll lock the blade into two different positions to help you get into the most comfortable cutting position. Retail is $44.95.
The Silky Ono Chopper is a mini axe is there when you just need to hack something to pieces. Firewood, obstinate roots, that pedal that won’t stop creaking, whatever. It can be resharpened. At 1.76lb (798g) it’s probably not going to end up in your pack, but your trunk looks awfully welcoming… Retail is $148.95.
Silky Saws are distributed by Sherrill, Inc., in the Americas, and available at REI.
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