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Silky Gomboy

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by Blunt Forged Edge, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. Blunt Forged Edge

    Blunt Forged Edge

    May 15, 2012
    When I came home this evening, this new folding saw was at my front porch.

    Silky Gomboy


    Two Locked Saw Blade Positions



    Saw Blade


    Weight and Measures




    Side by Side Comparison with Bahco Laplander




    In Hand


    Initial Counter Top Impressions

    This Silky Gomboy feels great in the hand. It is relatively light in weight and appears to be built quite solidly. The entire "frame" down to the handle is metal with rubber "over mold" on it. Plastic would be the top "black" portion of the locking mechanism.

    Technical Features

    - 9-1/2-inch (240 mm) blade length
    - 8.5 teeth per inch (10 teeth per 30 mm) teeth configuration
    - 0.6 pounds (272 grams) operating weight; 0.8 pounds (362 grams) weight with carrying case
    - Clear plastic hinged carrying case for storage and carrying is included
    - Product applications include pruning & trimming, lawn & garden, construction
    - Limited lifetime warranty against defects in material and workmanship


    Teeth per 30 mm / inch : 10 / 8.5

    Length : Overall 19.88" (50mm), Blade 9.5" (240mm), Closed 10.63" (270mm)

    Width : 2"

    Weight : With Sheath 0.80 lb (363 g), Operating 0.60 lb (272 g)

    Material : Steel, GOM Rubber

    Color : Natural

    Metal : SK4 High Carbon Steel

    Quantity per Box / Carton : 12 / 72

    Blade Thickness, mm : 1.3

    Kerf, mm : 1.4

    Will have to put this to some wood to get further results. That's all for now!
  2. Blunt Forged Edge

    Blunt Forged Edge

    May 15, 2012
    Here's with the Silky fully seated in the handle with the plastic wedge removed.

  3. brizbane


    Feb 4, 2007
    Reading in this forum several years ago, I picked me up two Silkys and they cut like nothing else!

    One word of caution: Be careful of the blade. Even lightly touching the side of the teeth will cause a nasty cut. Ask me how I know.

    Anyway, good luck with the Gomby and give a follow up after you use it.
  4. grunt soldier

    grunt soldier Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 4, 2009
    nice review. let us know which one you think cuts better.
  5. Blunt Forged Edge

    Blunt Forged Edge

    May 15, 2012
    Sure will!
  6. neeman

    neeman Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Good review

    Waitng for the wood cutting part of the review
    Also a rough idea of price?

    A direct comparsion with the Laplander would be particularly useful as the Laplander is the standard here on this forum for the best folding saw

  7. NDWoods


    Dec 24, 2009
    I bought both, tried both, and the Silky outcuts the Bahco hands down. The 2 positions is a bonus as well. And finally, since the side by side pic above will show you what I am talking about, I MUCH prefer that the Silky handle does not interfere with the cutting edge. You can clearly see the difference above where the Bahco handle extends beyond the teeth and the Silky does not. It may not seem like much but when cutting it was very noticeable to me and made the shorter Bahco cutting edge seem even shorter.
    The Bahco is a great saw and I have no plans to throw mine away, but compared to the Silky it is just not even a close contest.
  8. neeman

    neeman Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    There are quite a few models

    We are talking about
    Silky GOMBOY 240mm ( MED Teeth )
    240mm folding saw, 8.5-in blade 19.88-in overall length, 8.5 teeth per inch, .80 lbs
  9. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    What he said. Silky Pocketboy here!--KV
  10. CWL


    Sep 15, 2002
    That really looks like it'll rip through lumber! I already have a few Japanese wood saws at home and they are very efficient, looks like I may be adding to the collection!
  11. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Silky is making some interesting choppers now, too! At some point soon here I'll be getting set up with them. I've kept on putting it off but now that they have a this crazy thing it's given me a little extra nudge. :D

  12. DoctaD


    Apr 13, 2006
    Check out Virtuovice's reviews on YouTube. He too is impressed by the Gomboy.
  13. Diomedes Industries

    Diomedes Industries KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 19, 2007
    Didn't Nintendo already release a Gomboy?

  14. SeaxyBeast


    Feb 2, 2011
    Love the Med. Pocketboy I got a while back. I've seen a lot of reviewers praise the Bahco because it cuts on both push and pull, but now that I've used the Silky I have to say that I prefer the pull cut because of it being easier on the blade. As crazy sharp as the Silky is it doesn't miss the push stroke at all. It eats rattan without a hitch.

    Next big test for it one of these days will be some Calcutta Bamboo.
  15. Jhoss


    Jan 11, 2011
    Question for you guys on the Silky Saws.
    I have about 50 live and growing apple trees to prune this late winter/spring. For apple tree pruning I'm concerned with getting a nice smooth cut threw both sides of a branch. A cut threw the bark nice and clean. My instinct (questionable instinct) is to go With the Gomboy medium. The large teeth just give my the impression they will tear more than the medium. Any suggestions for a guy trying to decide between large and medium teeth for apple tree pruning? (green wood).
  16. JerkeeJoe


    Sep 21, 2005
  17. crbauhs


    Dec 2, 2007
    I see what you did there!
  18. Grampa


    Jan 17, 2006
    Big +1 on the Silky saws - best saw out there!
  19. Arathol


    Jan 1, 2003
    Actually, for what you are doing you might want to go with the Silky Yamabico saw. It has 2 sets of cutters, 5 and 8 per inch, one on each side of the blade. The size of the teeth does not neccessarily mean that tearing will occur, they just cut faster. You need to be more careful with the larger teeth as it is possible to do unintended damage because they cut so fast. Once you learn how and where to make the cuts you will find that the combination of fine and coarse teeth is most effective. Silky saws are really made for cutting green wood (trimming live branches), not lumber or firewood. Dead or dried hard wood will chew the fine edges up in short order.
  20. foxx


    Sep 5, 2010
    I'm taking this quote from Silky "Every blade length is available in three teeth sizes/configurations (tpi - teeth per inch): 5-6 tpi - Large/Coarse (pruning, green wood), 8.5 tpi - Medium (soft wood) and 12 tpi - Fine (hard wood)."

    I got two Silky's, both with large teeth. I've used my Big Boy on several occasions, and although it cuts fast I didn't feel out of control. It makes a very smooth and flat cut on seasoned hardwood and seems like a very nice pruner (only cut a little green wood). You probably know this, but the Silky's have two positions so you can do an undercut of the branch, prior to cutting through from the top. This keeps the branch from getting torn.

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