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Survival Knife: Saw or no Saw?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by FerFAL, Nov 25, 2020.

  1. FerFAL


    Aug 15, 2007
    Just what the title says. Would you like a saw on the spine of your survival knife, yes or no.
    The type of saw would be Aitor Jungle king, one of the more effective ones Ive tried out.
    The saw wouldnt extend to the final portion of the blade so as to leave a straight area for battoning without chewing up the stick used as a baton.
    Interested to know what everyone has to say.
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  2. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    No saw
  3. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    It would depend on where I was planning on surviving. Not being a James Bond type I don't wind up in Norway one day and then the next assignment is Jamacia.

    For walking distance were I am now I think I'd want the saw. But still a bit of regular spline for a ferro rod.
  4. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    No survival knife.
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  5. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    That's the only scenario where the "all in one survival knife" makes sense.

    And that is coming from someone (me) who is still kinda sucked in by them.

    But. If you are going somewhere then bring the appropriate knife. If you are going to Lappland or a pine forest or a desert, don't bring a machete.

    You know where you are going and we all have more than one knife.
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  6. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    I kinda like that Case Astronaut knife but they're hard to find and I'd have a harder time using it as a beater.
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  7. Smaug

    Smaug Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    I just got a Glock 81 with the saw. The blade stock is so thick that using the saw would be hard going, but probably still easier than chopping with a dull knife.

    Best is to have the survival knife with a sharp edged spine (to use with ferro rods) and then a separate folding saw or hatchet.

    I think it makes the most sense on the spine of a machete, as they are long enough that it could be more useful and the blade stock is also a lot thinner.
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  8. Weasipoint

    Weasipoint Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Aug 8, 2019
    I'm a pretty avid hiker and outdoors person and like to always have a serrated or saw blade when I'm out. I'd rather have it and not need it than the other way around. Little things, like cutting a stick or rope or anything like that can be easier with the saw blade.
  9. FerFAL


    Aug 15, 2007
    That's why I clarify the type of saw. The saw in the Glock 81 (as great as a knife that it is) the saw jusr sucks. The saw on the Jungle King on the other hand, its sharp and will cut through wood with reasonable efficiency. It wold also have the lower part of the spine without saw and at a sharp 90 degree for firesteel use.
    Of course its better to have a hatchet, folding saw, machete, but the idea of a survival knife is to have one tool that somewhat gets you through without all of those. At best what I can have a is a small skinner in the plastic sheath (with stone, ferro and small survival kit) , but no more than that. If there's a saw, it has to be on the spine of the actual survival knife.
  10. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    How could you not! Its not a survival knife....its a space survival knife. What's cooler than that?!?
    Maybe only the Randall Astronaut knife!

    Neither is going to do more ones survival than a Leatherman and a folding saw, but they do way more sexy.
  11. tltt


    May 1, 2008
    No saw. If there is space on the sheath, include a pocket for a SAK with saw or similar.
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  12. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Exactly. You can merely survive or you can survive & look good for when the SAR helo shows up.

    This really should have been a poll!
  13. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    I think a Leatherman or SAK (especially a Classic) gives one a much more awesome "I survive with my brains and skills" look, honestly. Wayyyyy cooler.

    Hollow handled sawback thing is kinda lumpen.
  14. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    Also I have decided that you absolutely must have a compass and monocular.
  15. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    Saws are very much more efficient than chopping , but most saws on survival knives aren't great . :(

    A SAK or folding Silky type works better , IMO . :cool::thumbsup:
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  16. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Just not in the handle.

    I think you can start a fire with some monoculars if you sorta take it apart.
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  17. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    No saw on the knife. No matter how good it is, it’s a poor saw. Plus it’s just an accident waiting to happen. I do try to keep an opinel folding saw in my kit.
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  18. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    No. Saws on the back of the blade don't work worth a damn. The original sawback was probably devised around WW I, as a tool to cut through the wooden posts stringing barbed wire between enemy trenches. I doubt they worked very well then, either -- imagine lying flat in the mud, bullets zinging overhead while you attempted to saw through a post with a sawback bayonet on the end of your rifle. A compact folding saw or something like the Buck T-handled game saw work much better.
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  19. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    To say nothing of the ones designed to cut through plexiglas.

    As you and @eveled pointed out, a folding saw is lightweight, compact, reasonably priced, and will far outperform a sawback on a knife.
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  20. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Avoid saw back knives unless you have a very specific use for them.


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