Awhile back, I posted regarding the Silky Pocketboy saw, which I still carry and enjoy. Then, I mentioned Wranglerstar’s video, which emphasized the benefits of a fixed-handle saw with holster, and a curved blade, for general homestead odds-and-ends.
This time, we’re looking at the newest addition to my toolkit–the Silky Gunfighter saw.
Significantly larger than the Pocketboy, this saw has a host of new features that really shine in use. Many of them are listed on the packaging:
While I really like the straight-edged Pocketboy blade for carpentry application, the curve of the Gunfighter is more aggressive. The ergonomics are good.
The variable pitch of the teeth is an interesting feature. I have used variable-pitch bandsaw blades with good success. In the bandsaw application, the variation in pitch helps break up resonance that makes controlling the cut more difficult, and increases the efficiency of cutting. On this blade, the coarser teeth are toward the point, and the finer teeth closer to the handle.
Also interesting, are the angled “raker/ripper” teeth. These are probably designed help on angled and ripping cuts.
Electroless Nickel-Plating– this is probably a good thing, but would be defeated if the saw is sharpened, as far as the cutting edges are concerned.
Impulse-hardening– again, one of the key points that sets Silky saws apart from the rest.
Rubber handle– the instructions state that solvents used for cleaning sap off the blade need to be kept away from the handle.
Replaceable blade– the handle and the sheath are separate from the blade. It looks like replacement blades cost about $40, whereas the saw presently has a Minimum Advertiseable Price of $74.99.
This saw is very light weight, and the sheath is equally light. The sheath is ambidextrous. The belt loop has a side-release system so that the saw can be removed from the belt quickly. And it has provision for two leg straps, for securing to the thigh or calf.
In use, I find the saw to be slightly difficult to start when cutting small branches. But when a light touch is used, it often rips through those branches in a single stroke.
On material that is 2 to 6 inches in diameter, the real power of this saw is brought to life. Cutting green or dry trees and branches, it is a very efficient machine. And so far, I haven’t actually tried to cut anything bigger.
One thing it does work well for, is ripping off thistles that need to be prevented from producing seed. It is important to be sure and avoid rocks when slashing, but it gets very impressive results!
Silky has a number of models of fixed-blade saws available, in a variety of blade-lengths. Honestly, I’m not sure which one would be best for your purposes, but this one suits me well. And I definitely prefer it over a folding saw with an overly-long, straight handle!