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Thread: Silky Katanaboy 500 saw

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    Silky Katanaboy 500 saw

    To be blunt this is unlike any folding saw i have used, so i put it through the paces this morning.

    Technical Features
    - 19-4/5-inch (500 mm) blade length
    - 46-3/8-inch (1,185 mm) overall length
    - 26-inch (665 mm) folded length
    - 4 teeth per inch (5 teeth per 30 mm) teeth configuration
    - 2 pound (920 grams) weight
    - Comes with black carrying case made of strong synthetic fibre
    - Security screw protects against accidental opening or closing of the blade
    -For me the saw cost $200 Canadian
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    Now this is very important, there is a safety feature on opening and closing the saw.
    The black screw on the the back of the saw is the opening and locking mechanism,
    to operate unscrew and push the lever in and open the saw then retighten the screw to
    prevent the saw from closing if the lever is hit unintentionally.
    When closing unscrew the locking mechanism and fold the saw inwards the blade will
    only go part way, just like in the second picture. The lever has to be pushed a second time
    before it can be push all the way home. This will save your fingers as the blade is very sharp!

    For my test I cut down a spruce tree that was blown part of the way down in the last wind storm
    and was a hazard.
    It measured 18 1/2" in diameter.
    The saw cuts on the pull stroke and was very smooth as you can see in the next photo
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    I timed myself cutting the tree, giving myself five hours before the wife gets home.
    To cut through an 18 1/2" tree took 6 minutes and 35 seconds, had nothing to worry about
    loads of time to spare.

    This saw is unbelievable very well made and a joy to use.
    It has a permeant place on my quad as it has replaced my chainsaw and my bucksaw now lives
    in the cupboard as it is incapable of doing any of the work that this saw is capable of doing.
    Doing upkeep on our trails is now a form of exercise and it is quite to boot.

    The saw comes with a well made synthetic bag which has a shoulder sling.
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    As a bonus there is a second sleeve on the bag, in which i carry my Wetterlings bushcraft axe.
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    I would highly recommend this saw to anyone who would be spending time processing wood
    for either firewood or for shelter use.
    I can find no fault with this tool after having it and use it for eight months.
    The cost might be a little step but having used it a lot it is worth it.
    And just remember any one can struggle but you don't have to with prior planning.
    Last edited by john61rm; 11-04-2016 at 07:47 PM.

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    hello,
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge along with the gen & demo very much appreciated.
    Regards
    David

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    My pleasure David

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    Thanks for sharing that Jon, I had never seen one of these.

    I do have a couple of silky's and they are solid bits of kit.
    I have a small dozuki tenon saw and a ryoba, both Japanese carpenters pull saws .
    They are my best saws and I only use them for my nicer jobs.
    Blade replacement is usually straightforward with these.

    Thanks for the review, Xmas list updated...

    PS - just thought I'd add a picture for scale and perspective.
    Hope I'm not treading on anyone's bits


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    Interesting - very bizarre yet beautiful to look at. It doesn't look too sturdy but if you have been using it 8 months and sill loving it then looks are deceiving. Very impressed that you used it to cut through that trunk in so little time. I have one of their small PocketBoy saws and do like it, but I always reach for the Laplander - for no reason I can put my finger on really. It's aesthetically pleasing and has Katana in the title - what's not to like? Thanks for the review!

    Looking further at this online it's much bigger and more solid looking than I first thought!
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    Woody that was a good idea i never thought to include one for the size...well done.
    If you get one for Christmas you will have to let me know what you think.

    Silkhi the saw goes with me ever time i go into the bush either on my quad or on my back when I'm on foot
    normally I'm not cutting anything as big as what i cut today, normally two to three inch in diameter.
    For your info that also make a 650.

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    Yep, I just saw that ( excuse the pun).
    I had never been to the silky website, but they have lots of choice...
    Well done for reviewing that, it definitely sounds like a great bit of kit, despite being relatively unknown.
    Cheers

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    Got a chuckle out of your pun
    Also i should add that this tool is marketed for the professional arborist so its not a gimmick or a toy

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    looks awesome, thanks for sharing..

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    Thanks Shepard
    Well i have some other kit to test for this site some i use a lot and other things like Biolite stove which is a good piece of kit but does not fit into my bushcraft kit unless I pack it on my quad.

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