Tips from the Woodsman–Silky Pocketboy Saw Review

Hollandwith Darrell Holland
AGI Instructor and Master Riflesmith

Any hunter or camper needs to have a selection of cutting tools to make that next trip into the woods an easy one. If you have the need to cut tent poles, small branches for firewood, clear sound a hunting blind or tree stand, or any one of dozens of other needs using small timber, a large tooth saw can be your best friend.

Darrell came across the one, the Silky Pocketboy Large Teeth Saw, at the latest SHOT Show and was impressed by its ability to quickly cut through branches without jamming or clogging the teeth.

I found this saw on Amazon for only $30.50 and will be adding one to my own camping bag soon.

Have any of you used this brand yourself? How does it hold up and would you recommend it?


4 Responses to Tips from the Woodsman–Silky Pocketboy Saw Review

  1. Silky makes other saws too. Japanese saws are unusual in that they cut on the pull stroke only, not on the push stroke as do western saws. The blades can be thin as compared to western saws because they only cut on the pull stroke. I use a number of Japanese saws for woodworking. Silky is one of the more expensive brands of Japanese saw and they are very good. Japanese saws tend to have a very hard tempered tooth which can break off if abused. If you abuse them you may kink the blade. You can easily repair the kink. Sharpening them requires a special file and knowledge easily obtained on the internet. Think you tube. The files are the same as our fish hook files or you can buy theirs. Japanese saws cut very fast and do not leave as rough a finish as do their western counterparts. Try them , I thinke you will like them especially the flush cutting flexible saw. Very fine kerf.

  2. This and other Silky are also available at The Home Depot either in the stores or at http://www.homedepot.com with free shipping for any order over $45 or free shipping to a store. There is also a good assortment of folding Fiskars saws. Working at The Home Depot gives me a good opportunity to follow up on items that can be used in outdoor camping situations.

  3. I have the larger 14″ Silky “Big Boy”, which I use for removing downed timber from trails, as well as tree pruning around home (pine, oak, ash, cherry, maple, birch and locust, among others). I’ve actually cut tree trunks that were larger in diameter than the blade length and while it’s a real chore, it’s a viable option in situations where you can’t lug in a chainsaw. Smaller trees and limbs are a piece of cake.

    The saw has stayed sharp and while I have tweaked the blade slightly a few times, it’s easy to straighten and still cuts like new. You do have to be careful when handling it, as the teeth are literally razor sharp and cut flesh as easily as wood. In particular, be very careful when closing the saw.

    If you’re looking for a saw in the 10″ range and can’t swing the price of a Silky, the $20 Corona saws available at Lowe’s are pretty close in performance.

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