I have been on the lookout for a small portable saw to take with me when I go hiking or camping. I could take a small hatchet or tomahawk but a saw seemed like a better option for light duty. There are really three types of pack saws. There is a folding saw, a sliding saw, and a breakdown saw (which resembles a hacksaw).
I've had good luck with Fiskars in the past, due to their amazing super splitter axe, and decided to give the sliding saw a chance.
The saw comes with a 6" blade or a 10" blade. For my needs I chose the 6" blade. The handle is the same FiberComp reinforced fiberglass as in their axes and hatchets. The blade is stainless steel and has a triple edge for cutting .
My first impressions was that the blade looked very nice and should cut well and the caribiner clip was a great idea. Wearing it off my belt loop or attached to a pack was a real bonus and would provide easy access when I needed it. The saw comes with a lifetime warranty, which is a big plus in my book. I love companies that make gear and are willing to stand behind the product. It was light, sharp, bomb proof, and cost $12 from Amazon. How could this product be bad? I'm sorry to report that this saw sucks. The design, which may not be a Fiskars problem, of the sliding blade makes this saw almost impossible to lock into place without being a gorilla on steroids. I'm no body builder but I shouldn't have to use a set of vice grips to lock this saw open. Since the saw has a short distance of play, it always seemed to lose momentum and the blade gets stuck in the wood. I tested this with standing 2" diameter tree's as well as limbs. During a flawless cut this blade is amazing. It tears through the wood and I'd love to take this blade and put it in another saw or another design of a saw. I noticed that if you take the strain off the limb by pulling down a bit, to prevent even the slightest pinch, then it works better. Overall, this saw will not make it in my pack and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. The locking mechanism seems to be the biggest problem in a sliding saw and I plan to skip this design altogether in the next saw purchase.