Saturday, 24 Jan 2009

Keyhole Saw

One of the tools for making a semi-permanent shelter in the woods is often overlooked.  The tool I am talking about is a saw.  This can be a pruning saw, a folding saw, or anything in between.  Many people try to use a machete, or a hatchet, or even a camp axe to chop wood.  While this works, a small saw is much lighter, and safer to use.  I have used a Fiskars folding pruning saw to cut branches, and it’s worked out great.

Recently, I purchased a small Stanley keyhole saw for a project, and it would serve very well in my BOB too.  There are two blades, a fine metal cutting blade, and an all purpose wood/plastic blade.  The handle is very light and small.  Blades can be attached in two positions to accommodate different cutting angles.  The handle plus two blades is much smaller and lighter than any pruning saw.  There are many varieties of hole saws from different manufacturers, and I found that this Stanley model is smallest and lightest of all.  AAA battery is in the picture for size comparison.  Check out the pictures below…

Stanley Keyhole Saw

Stanley Keyhole Saw

Saw Blades

Saw Blades


One Response to “Keyhole Saw”

  1. JimmyTH Says:

    Hey, that’s a great idea! Now that you’ve thought of it let me suggest something better, though. I’m a woodworker as well as backpacker and have a huge collection of hand tools. Most of the handsaws I own are Japanese and cut on the pull stroke. The Japanese keyhole saw is a lot better and lighter than the Stanley or any other American keyhole saw. The American blades are really tinny and it’s easy to jam them and bend them, especially in green wood. The Japanese saws don’t do that, you cut by pulling and the blade stays straight. For a camping saw I’d actually prefer a different type than the keyhole, something with a wider blade. One I use a lot for pruning has a blade six inches by 1 1/4 inches and zips through any type of wood, green or dry.

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