Outdoor Edge is a very clever company. in the year of our Lord 2018, it has to be hard is it to bring something new to the industry regarding saws, knives, and outdoor tools? What hasn’t been done? Well, Outdoor Edge seems to find new and innovative ways to bring new tools to life. The Outdoor Edge Pack-Saw is one example. It’s easy to get gimmicky when it comes to knives and outdoors tools but the Pack-Saw is far from gimmicky and instead relies on making life a little easier.
The Pack-Saw is a bow saw designed to be taken down and minimized in size as an overall package. The Pack-Saw uses a 12-inch blade and luckily enough comes with a wood, metal, and bone cutting blade. This gives the Pack-Saw excellent versatility. The system can be taken down and set up in seconds. It all fits into a simple nylon bag, including all three blades. The nylon bag has an internal pocket for the extra blades and the saw itself can hold the blade that’s equipped to it.
Set up and Take Down
To take it down all you have to do is unscrew one T handle bolt until the blade holder can be removed from the handle. On the opposite side, the blade sits on a screw and can be easily popped off once the t bolt is undone. The handles then fold upwards and slide across the top. The blade is then dropped into the side with the main handle. Setting up is just the opposite. Changing blades can also be done in less than a minute.
The Pack-Saw is quick and easy to use. Equip the correct blade for the right material and get yourself set up to start working. The handle is wide and the grips are textured to ensure you get a safe and tight grip. The grip is a bit square for my liking, and did cause some cramps and pain when cutting metal. To test the blade I cut through both an aluminum pope and a nice thick limb.
It took two minutes to chew through my limb friend here. It was quick and easy and I never felt pain or discomfort when cutting through wood. The saw blade itself cut smoothly and never jumped or jimped beyond those initial few swipes that make a trench. Once the trench was dug so to speak the blade glided back and forth with ease.
I immediately moved to cutting an aluminum pipe and that took five minutes and some change total. In the end, my hand was exhausted and cramped. Cutting metal with a hand saw is always a challenge and I wasn’t exactly cutting the lightest material. The blade did jump and move as my hand got tired and my grip loosened. The Pack-Saw still cut through it though.
I didn’t have any bones on hand to cut through, but if the performance with wood and metal was any indicator then the Pack-Saw won’t have issues with it.
Some bow saws are designed to be used with two people, but this is a solid one user design. The 12-inch blade isn’t necessarily superbly long and it’s a solo adventure.
This is a great tool to pack in the bug out bag. The fact that it folds up and slides together makes it easy to pack and carry. It’s only a little over a foot long when folded and weighs only 14 ounces. As a bug out tool it would make building a camp, making a spear, cutting through a padlock, and easier. The bone saw would make field dressing a deer simple and makes it a lot easier than trying to break the bone when packing an animal out.
The Pack-Saw is a handy tool and perfect for hunters, preppers, and just people who love being outdoors. The innovative design and compact size make it an excellent pack tool and the design itself is solid in use.
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