Silky Saws PocketBoy – Best Compact Folding Saw for Bug Out Bags

The Pocket Boy made by Silky Saws is a small professional Japanese style pruning saw designed obviously for tree pruning and is used extensively by arborists but it can also be used in survival, outdoor and bushcraft applications. It is made in Japan where the best saw blades are manufactured.

Silky Saws PocketBoy

The PocketBoy is available in two blade lengths: 5-inch (130 mm) and 6-3/4-inch (170 mm). The blades are interchangeable within the same blade length. Every blade length is available in four teeth sizes/configurations (tpi – teeth per inch): 7 tpi – Large/Coarse (pruning, green wood), 8.5 tpi – Medium (soft wood), 17 tpi – Fine (hard wood, bamboo), and 22 tpi – Extra Fine (dry hard wood).

The PocketBoy boasts a rust-resistant, hard chrome-plated, taper-ground blade with an impulse-hardened non-set tooth design for greater cutting efficiency. The steel used in the blade is SK4 High Carbon Steel.

IMG_5943 copyThe high quality rubberised handle is very comfortable, has a good grip and prevents slipping even with sweaty hands. It is also very comfortable to use with leather riggers gloves. At then end of the handle is a lanyard hole where you can attach paracord or rope.

Silky Saws PocketBoy

IMG_5941 copyThe blade locks securely into one of two open positions, in line with the handle and flush cutting. The blade resists the effects of tree resin and easily wipes clean which is a huge plus in my opinion because who likes cleaning tree resin from their saws and axes? Each PocketBoy has a color-coded handle associated with the teeth configuration: Red – Large teeth, Black – Medium teeth, Yellow – Fine teeth, and Purple – Extra Fine teeth. For example the handle of this saw that they sent me is kind of pink (although it is advertised as red) which is the large tooth version. I have had a few teases about the colour and so I have decided to spray paint it in OD Green/Coyote Brown camouflage at some point which is much better for the sake of a low visual footprint because this hot pink colour really does stick out like a sore thumb.

IMG_5947 copyI have tested the Silky PocketBoy 170 mm blade version out on multiple timber processing tasks which have ranged from small branches to exceptionally thick and have been extremely impressed by it’s outstanding performance. In fact a couple of months ago, I used this saw to cut up a large gum tree branch that had fallen just up the street from my house. IMG_5953 copyInstead of waiting for the council or the State Emergency Service to be called out to clean it up we decided to cut it up and take the wood home. It took about just over an hour to get it fully cut up and the PocketBoy handled 90% of the task whilst my brother got to work with a Fiskars bow saw The PocketBoy which was obviously sharper being newer was an absolute ripper and cut through the thick branch (around 10 inches in diameter and about 6-7 m long) quite quickly. I was amazed at how it capably handled the thick branch and cut through it with ease and smoothly even though the branch was not rotten.

IMG_5955 copyThe fact that it folds up and maintains a sharp edge makes it a dependable and saw worthy of stowing in your bug out bag or get home bag kit. There are so many uses for a good saw in a survival situation.

Because this saw is so small and fits easily into a backpack it is great for bush walks and hikes. When we go to a national park or reserve with trails sometimes large gum tree branches have fallen over the trails (especially after a storm or hot weather) and it is necessary to clear it away as it is a hazard to both walkers and trail bikers especially at night… so the Silky PocketBoy comes in really handy.

Weighing in at a mere 0.45 pounds (200 grams) it is also amazingly lightweight.

Folding Saw vs. Axe/Hatchet

In the survival community there has been a lot of debate whether an axe or saw is more suitable for a survival/grid-down/apocalypse/E&E type scenario. I would like to put forward the case that a saw is much better. I know many people are going to disagree with me here and even our own team does not have consensus on this point. A saw is much quieter than an axe. Especially when used at night the chopping sounds travel much further. With a saw you can discreetly process wood for your campfire, shelter etc without being detected. Noise security is one reason why the military and certainly special forces units do not carry axes in their combat gear. Weight is also another factor. The PocketBoy is heaps lighter than an axe.

I personally believe that the Silky Pocket Boy is a viable and better alternative to the traditional axe or hatchet. Not only is it 4 times lighter in weight, it can also accomplish more in half the amount of time.

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