The Silky Saw POCKETBOY is a compact folding hand saw that is ideal for campfire prep on backpacking trips when you want to process small branches for kindling or fuel. It folds up tiny and comes with a plastic protective belt case that ix worth carrying if only to avoid losing the saw when you put it down in the forest.
Silky Saw blades have a well-deserved reputation for being very sharp, and it’s true, they go through wood like butter. Made in Japan, the blade cuts on the pull stroke, not on the push, which requires less energy to saw and gives you more control over the blade.
I already own several much larger Silky Saws, mainly for trail maintenance, but they can be a bit much to bring on backpacking trips. Weighing just 6.2 ounces, the POCKETBOY is the smallest and an easy-to-justify weight to carry that provides an impressive “bite” for campfire wood collection, sawing through 3-4″ branches like butter. It opens to two positions and locks in place, still, you might want to consider wearing it with gloves because the blade is wicked sharp.
When folded, the POCKETBOY fits easily in your pocket, but the plastic case only weighs another 1.7 ounces (for a total of 7.9 oz) and is worth carrying since you can secure it to your belt. The saw does rattle a bit in the case, so be advised because it can ruin your stealth.
If you already own a larger Silky Saw (they’re easy to collect), you may find the POCKETBOY to be underwhelming, given its shorter 5.1″ length. But it’s made with the same premium steel as the other members of the Silky Saw family and just as capable, but on a smaller scale with smaller diameter branches and trees.
If you’ve never owned a Silky Saw, your first saw is unlikely to be your last.
Disclosure: Silky provided the author with a sample saw for this review.
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