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Re: Firewood processing tools

Postby ktimm » Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:15 pm

Nice thanks for sharing ... I may go a similar route as well when I just need wood and not any bone cutting


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Re: Firewood processing tools

Postby MontanaMarine » Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:46 pm

When I was looking through the Silky website, I learned they offer fine, medium, and large tooth sizes in most of their smaller saws. They say the fine and medium blades are good on bone too. I'm no expert but maybe there is a tooth size that is a decent compromise between wood and bone.



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Re: Firewood processing tools

Postby Woodsboss » Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:38 pm

I've used a Gerber folder saw for a while but the stroke length is to short. I also use a Gerber small hatchet but in the end the handle is short so it's difficult to get enough leverage and power to split larger stuff. I've since switched to a Swen saw, http://www.svensaw.com/ they are light and compact. I can put up a pile of wood with that thing. I'm on the ropes regarding the splitting end of things. I do have a hudson bay axe that is a nice go between and gets the job done. In the end I like a warm fire and a longer burn time so some sacrifices are needed.
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Re: Firewood processing tools

Postby kevin_t » Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:09 pm

Just got back from a winter trip and some gear testing . Used the silky 210, a couple other saw options , hatchets and knives. Best combo was silky and a knife IMO


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Re: Firewood processing tools

Postby MontanaMarine » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:03 pm

I was looking around for a decent field knife for general purpose use, including wood processing, field dressing game, fish gutting, etc.

Bought a Peltonen M95 Sissipuukko. It's a Finnish military knife, historically used by the elite units.

I have a few outdoorsy knives, but wanted one with about a 5-6" blade, flat spine, reasonably tough, not too heavy, not overly expensive.

So after looking over a few different options, I stumbled onto the M95. This looks like a knife made to order. Just what I was looking for.

I ordered this from Varusteleka.com, in Finland. It arrived today, seven days after I placed the order.

Of course I had to put it to work immediately. Here are some pics.

Here's a pic alongside a KA-BAR, and a Mora Companion, for a sense of scale. Blade is 6" long, flat scandi or saber type grind. Spine is .17" thick. Steel is a high carbon with teflon coating. Grip is Kraton, tough and grippy. Overall geometry is quite similar to the Mora Companion, only bigger. I don't have a small scale, but the weight is advertised at 12 oz including the sheath. Price was $83 shipped.

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Here are a pics of the ambi sheath, with a strong roller lock, and provisions for wearing vertical or horizontal, or strapped to gear. I like the slim and functional design.

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Batoned up a 6" piece of lodgepole, no problem.

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Shaved up some tinder for woodstove real slick too.

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Overall, really pleased with this choice. Look forward to using it a lot.



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Re: Firewood processing tools

Postby kevin_t » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:39 pm

I like it thanks for sharing


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Re: Firewood processing tools

Postby MontanaMarine » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:55 pm

So after I picked up the Silky 210 saw, I really liked it. I decided I wanted a bigger one as well. I first looked hard at the BigBoy with it's 14" blade and XL teeth, it looked formidable, and quite capable. The only thing I wasn't too keen on was that the teeth were still slightly exposed when folded shut on the curved blade model with XL teeth.

Then I looked at the Katanaboy 500, and it was just too expensive at $170. Well I kept watching it on Walmart.com and Amazon, and about a week ago they were both selling the Katanaboy 500 for $125 shipped. So I went for it.

Let me tell you, it is a serious tool. 20" blade, 5 TPI, weighs 2 lbs. Has a safety lock, and a safety stop when closing. You definitely want to be paying attention when you close the blade, not to have any fingers in the wrong place. The blade locks closed, with all teeth covered.

Not the tool of choice when counting ounces, but might be a viable choice for packers, or a trail maintenance trip. I see myself using it mostly for around the property doing tree pruning, and vehicle camping.

The long handle makes it really comfortable to work at different angles, and gives plenty of reach. The saw cuts on the pull stroke. You don't want to muscle the blade forward or if it binds you could bend it or maybe break it. It isn't fragile by any means though, just a different user technique as compared to a bow saw.

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I took it to the log pile for a test drive. Serious cutting power,

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Re: Firewood processing tools

Postby Camber » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:06 am

Thanks for everything your sharing Shane. I've always been a knife guy, and I've always thought about picking up one of those Ranger puukos but never have. Nice to see yet another positive review of it.
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