Bahco Laplander Folding Saw – testing and review
This is my test and review of the Bahco Laplander Folding Saw.
I have chosen this particular piece of survival equipment over the overs due to the high amount of good 5* Amazon Reviews.
A well designed lightweight folding saw, made exclusively in Sweden, the blade is a very good quality Swedish steel and has a super sharp cutting edge – for a saw, the sharpness of the blade is above and beyond what you would normally expect.
My first impressions of the Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw is just how nice and light it is, weighing in at a mere 6.4oz.
I like this, as you hardly know you have it in your hand – having to use unnecessary effort and fight with a heavier saw just doubles the amount of effort needed to cut anything.
Possibly the best function of this folding wood saw is the design of the teeth pattern.
The teeth point both forwards and backwards, enabling you to cut using both the pushing and pulling strokes. This forward and backward facing pattern is also combined with a very aggressive tooth design – that makes cutting timber a extremely easy job – as you will see in the video below, large branches can be cut requiring very little effort.
When fully closed the Bahco measures in at 9 inches long and 16 inches in the fully open position – the cutting blade itself measures 8 inches – I found this proportion to be a good comfortable size.
The teeth pattern is aggressive and combined with 7 teeth per inch it will cut through wet or dry wood easily, as well as that, the teeth are hardened and also coated to reduce friction and prevent corrosion – another nice little touch.
The teeth themselves come as ‘ready sharpened’ are are definitely very sharp – you will not have to sharpen them.
With the teeth facing both ways you have to take care when cleaning the blade off – do not run your hand down the blade like a normal saw, any sawdust must be brushed off across the blade when cleaning it.
Handle and Grip.
The handle has quite a unique feel to it and works well. It’s made from Stanoprene, a kind of rubbery plastic material which coats over a solid plastic body frame – this Stanoprene is very good and definitely reduces the chances of slipping when holding the saw.
I have tested it with wet hands and it works very well.
In the closed position the blade teeth are completely hidden away and very safe, but Bahco have also added a safety lock – essential, I think, with such a sharp blade.
Below is a very good video review showing the features off the saw in action.
Bahco Laplander Field Test Video Review
- Final thoughts:
Without a doubt, the Bahco Laplander Folding Saw is top of the class and performed each cutting job with ease and very little effort.
I would definitely recommend this survival tool to be added to your equipment – it’s a permanent part of my hiking gear now and will certainly be coming with me on every camp trip in the future.