If you spend a lot of time in the outdoors, whether it’s hunting, camping, or even gardening, you’re likely to need a saw eventually. Saws may be one of the oldest tools in the box but that doesn’t mean that they haven’t developed over time.
One of the best ways saws have evolved is that many now come in foldable forms. But why would I want a folding saw? I hear you ask. Well, for several reasons.
Firstly, it protects the saw itself – you don’t want those teeth to turn blunt after a few bumps and scrapes. Secondly, it protects you – you’re way less likely to injure yourself on a saw if the sharp bits are folded away when it’s not in use.
Finally, it’s way more convenient. Folding a saw down so that it’s nice and small makes carrying one around way easier. On top of that, folding saws often come with clips so you can attach them to your toolbelt, unlike traditional saws.
Given how versatile saws are, it’s surprising that there are tonnes of different ones out there. That’s why we’ve searched high and low to bring you the best folding saws around plus some tips on what to look for before you buy one – enjoy!
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We’re sure you’re all sick of hearing about corona by now… but don’t let that put you off the Corona Razor Tooth Folding Saw.
Each inch of the blade contains an impressive six teeth, each of which features jagged, three-sided teeth – phew! It’s not surprising, therefore, that this saw won’t have any problems getting through chunks of wood up to 6 inches in diameter. It won’t take you long either, as not only is this blade super-efficient but you won’t have to pause to rest your hand either thanks to the ergonomic handle design.
The high-carbon steel blade means that the teeth will stay sharp, and it’s been coated with chrome to prevent rust formation. With teeth this sharp, we were very pleased to see that the Corona comes with a safety latch to stop any accidents from occurring when it’s not in use. It also has a hole at the end of the handle, which is super useful for hanging or attaching the tool to a lanyard.
Just bear in mind that although it’s super sharp, the blade is slightly on the thin side. Having said that, it remains pretty sturdy and, if it does eventually break, the blade can easily be replaced. The large blade does increase the weight slightly, but it’s by no means the heaviest saw we’ve encountered.
Overall, this folding saw features a super-efficient, durable blade that won’t let you down. Plus, there are tonnes of extra features and it won’t break the bank either – what a winner.
The Bahco Laplander Folding Saw is an impressive bit of kit for all-round use. With XT toothing and a whopping seven teeth per inch, this saw has one serious bite. Plus, these teeth are carefully crafted to work well in both directions, which will save you heaps of time and effort.
The handle is a favorite feature of ours – it’s constructed from a blend of plastics, resulting in great grip and comfort – and it features a leather strap so you can keep your saw close for times of need.
The blade itself contains a specialized coating that not only protects against rust but also reduces friction so that this saw can make light work of wood, bone, or other materials.
Having said that, although the saw does have a safety feature, it’s not the strongest we’ve come across, so make sure you handle this knife with care – especially if you’re scrambling around the bottom of your pack trying to find it (and the dark color won’t help your search either).
It folds down nice and small, is fairly lightweight, and comes with a reasonable price tag too – everything you want in a folding saw.
Want to make quick work of your next sawing job? Get yourself a nice long blade! We know that one of the drawbacks of long blades is that they’re more likely to snap than their shorter counterparts…. but you don’t have to worry about that with the Silky BIGBOY Folding Saw.
Despite its impressive length of 14.2 inches, the blade is super durable and is constructed of 1.4 mm-thick super sturdy high-carbon steel, making snapping way less likely. On top of that, there are 5.5 teeth per inch (which a lot of teeth overall on this blade!) and they’ve been impulse hardened and taper ground for added durability and exceptional sawing performance.
The handle is made of rock-solid aluminum coated with comfortable rubber, has a lanyard hole for ease of use, and it’s large enough for both hands for times when you need that extra control. This saw also features a spring-loaded thumb lock to protect you from its sharp edges when not in use and, if you want to play it really safe, there’s also a sheath that you can purchase separately.
The large blade does add to the overall weight and cost of the blade but, if you’re after an extra-large saw with fantastic performance that can be neatly folded away, then the Silky BIGBOY is definitely worth the investment.
The low weight of the FELCO F 600 Folding Saw, combined with its fantastic all-round performance, makes it a great option to shove in your bag for ‘just in case’.
Although it weighs just 5.6 oz and folds away to form a very compact bundle, this pocket-size saw is still capable of cutting wood with a diameter of 4 inches.
The blade itself is constructed from chrome-plated hardened steel for durability and rust protection, and we were happy to see that it can easily be replaced (there’s nothing worse than realizing you have to buy a whole new saw if you’re blade packs in on you).
It has one sharp bite on it too thanks to the 7 impulse heat-treated teeth along every inch. Our favorite feature of the blade, however, is the innovative design that prevents debris from hanging around – with a thin top and thick bottom, that debris will get funneled away.
The non-slip handle features a hole at the end so you can keep your saw close while you’re on the go but, if you do happen to drop your saw, you’ll be able to find it again in no time thanks to the eye-catching red handle. It is a little on the small side though, so you definitely won’t be able to get both hands involved and you might struggle with one if your hands are extra-large.
We wish that the plastic lock was a little stronger but, overall, this little number packs a surprising amount of punch.
With its trapezium-like shape, the Gerber Freescape Folding Saw has more of a traditional saw-like appearance than the other models we’ve looked at so far.
The assembled structure means that you can place a hand at either side of the saw and make use of the entire length of the blade while you work, making it incredibly efficient. The design does mean you can’t through the thickest of logs, but we wouldn’t really expect that of a portable folding saw anyway.
So what tools do you need to fold this cool structure away? None! Although it might seem like this type of folding saw would require more effort to fold flat, that’s simply not the case – no tools are needed, no parts are removed, and it only takes a few seconds, winning!
At 12 inches, the length of the blade further increases sawing efficiency, so the five teeth per inch are more than enough. Plus, replacing the blades is super easy. The textured rubber handle provides a great grip and also features green highlights that make the saw easy to find (although it sadly doesn’t have an attachment hole).
Again, a larger blade comes with a slightly higher price and makes the saw slightly less portable. However, if you’re on a hunt for a portable saw and love using both hands while you work, then the Gerber is a great shout.
And now for a smaller (and more affordable) folding saw manufactured by Silky, the Silky PocketBoy Folding Saw.
Unlike its bigger brother, this saw weighs less than 6 ounces and packs down a lot smaller. The length of the blade, at around 6.8 inches, is considerably shorter, but the additional impulse-hardened, taper-ground teeth (7 per inch) mean that this saw can really get stuck into whatever challenge your throw at it.
The blade also features a fantastic rust-resistant coating, yet this saw remains at the lower end of the price spectrum for a product of its nature.
This pocket-size folding saw features a rubber handle that’s one of the stickiest we’ve come across so slips will become a thing of the past, and it’s got a handy hole at the end too so you can always have your trusty saw by your side. Plus, it comes with an included hard-plastic belt case for added protection.
Although it’s limited to branches roughly 3 inches in diameter, for anything that size or under, this saw will get the job done rapidly, safely, and smoothly – you can see why they call it the ‘little giant’!
If you’re after a study saw that will get the job done but won’t break the bank, then look no further than the Kershaw Taskmaster Folding Saw.
The nickel-plated high carbon steel blade will protect your blade from corrosion, and the rubber-coated glass-filled nylon handle is built to last yet comfortable to hold. Plus, it has an attachment hole at the end so you can keep this tool close.
Although we like its super sleek appearance, it does make this saw a little tricky to spot if you forget where you’ve left it around the campsite. The locking mechanism is solid and there’s no chance of the saw folding while in use.
We love that the teeth of this blade are super sharp, but the blade is slightly on the thin side, so make sure you handle it with care when working on thicker materials. Despite the thinness, it’s slightly heavier than we were expecting.
Overall, it’s back to basics with this folding saw, but it’s a sturdy bit of gear that you can take with you anywhere.
Last (but not least) on our list of the best folding saws is the Coghlan’s Sierra Folding Saw.
We love the no-frills approach taken towards the design of this saw – it’s sharp and it folds. If you want a simple tool just in case, then this really is ideal, and we just can’t believe how low the price is.
The 7-inch blade is packed full of jagged teeth that are completely covered when the saw is folded. The tempered steel blade is not only super sharp, but it also has a certain degree of flexibility so your blade won’t snap any time soon. The textured handle, although not the strongest we’ve seen, provides great grip.
In its folded form, you can slip this saw in your pocket no problem, and it’s super lightweight too. Sure, you aren’t getting fancy coatings or the most expensive materials out there but, depending on what you want a saw for, something that’s super sharp and portable with a ridiculously low price tag might just be the thing you’re looking for.
So, there you have it, our list of the best folding saws around. As you’ve seen, they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes – but what are the main things you should be keeping an eye on when you’re shopping around? Here are some pointers:
Let’s get straight in there – blade length. There isn’t really a ‘better’ or ‘worse’ size when it comes to blade length – it really depends on what you’ll be sawing and both long and short blades have their advantages.
On a basic level, longer blades are more efficient – one pull of a long blade will drag more teeth across a plank of wood than a short blade would (if it was exactly the same otherwise). This makes them better-suited for longer tasks, as it means less pulling and pushing overall.
They do, however, then do be thinner to compensate for their extra weight, which can make them more likely to snap if used incorrectly, and the extra material means that they cost more.
Shorter blades are less likely to snap, and they’ll save you a few bucks, but it’ll take you longer to saw through something. Generally, we’d recommend a shorter blade for casual use but, if you know you’ll be working on something for a while, a longer blade will make your life easier.
The more teeth, the more effect a pull of a saw will have. This means that the greater the number of teeth on a blade, the more efficient the work. In this way, a short blade with tonnes of teeth could end up being more efficient than a longer one with far fewer, so it’s worth checking this out. Generally, a decent saw will have 5-7 teeth per inch.
Most saw blades are constructed from steel; however, this doesn’t mean that they’re all of the same quality. Steel comes in many forms and can be treated to increase strength, prolong sharpness, and protect rust.
Keep your eyes open for high-carbon steel (which is stronger than ordinary steel), impulse hardened teeth (which, unlike the main blade, are heated then rapidly hardened to become more rigid – this makes them stay sharper for longer yet the blade remains slightly flexible), and coatings such as chrome and nickel (which protect against rust).
Handles vary a lot more and, when you’re shopping online, it can be tricky to find out what’s actually underneath the rubber coating. Titanium is super strong and about half the weight of steel, but it will cost you more. Glass-filled nylon is a cheaper yet still very robust alternative. All-plastic handles are super cheap, but we’d say avoid them if you can because they break very easily.
Finally, how important is portability to you? If you’ll be backpacking and want to shed as many pounds as possible, then go for a short blade, look for a titanium handle, and check out the folded dimensions.
If you want something small but you’ll have a vehicle with you or will mainly store your saw at home, then you can afford to be a little more flexible. Either way, by purchasing a folding rather than a regular saw, you’re going to have a way more portable tool in your arsenal.
Still struggling to decide? Here are our absolute favorite folding saw to help you make that tricky decision.
If you’re after top quality but don’t want to shell out a fortune, then we definitely recommend the Bahco Laplander Folding Saw. With 7 teeth per inch, and an anti-rust and anti-friction blade, cutting through tough materials will suddenly feel like you’re slicing cake!
It’s also lightweight, compact, and comes with a convenient leather strap, so there’s no excuse for leaving this tool at home.
On the other hand, if you like large blades and you’re looking for a way to save space, then the Silky BIGBOY Folding Saw is a great shout.
The high-carbon steel carbon teeth have not only been impulse hardened to retain sharpness but they’ve also been taper ground for smooth cutting. Plus, the aluminum handle is super durable, very lightweight, and features an attachment hole.
On top of that, it’s super comfortable and has an attachment hole – what more could you want?
But what’s our absolute favorite folding saw? It has to be the Corona Razor Tooth Folding Saw. The jagged, three-sided teeth make light work of anything you throw at it, and it can handle larger chunks than most.
The ergonomic handle features an attachment hole so you can take it with you anywhere and, for a 10-inch blade, it’s surprisingly lightweight.
If you like a saw that’s portable, comfortable, and really lets you sink your teeth in, then this is the one!