Table of Contents
- Best Folding Saw Reviews 2019
- Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw, 7-1/2 -Inch Blade, 7 TPI – Best Seller
- Corona RazorTOOTH Folding Pruning Saw, 10 Inch Curved Blade, RS 7265D – Top Pick
- EverSaw Folding Hand Saw All-Purpose, Wood, Bone, PVC. Best for Tree Pruning, Camping, Hunting, Toolbox. Rugged 8″ Blade, Solid Grip – Quality Made for Real Work – Best Value
- Silky Saws PocketBoy Curve Professional Folding Saw 130mm Large Teeth – 726-13 – Runner Up
- Primos Folding Saw – Also Consider
- Best Folding Saw Buying Guide 2019
Best Folding Saw Reviews 2019
Whether you have some trimming chores around the home or need something to help with tasks while outdoors, the right cutting tool can make all the difference. While a high-quality knife or saw can work, the folding saw provides plenty of cutting power in an easily portable form. That is why we put together a list of the 5 best folding saw reviews of 2019. We also provide a helpful buyer’s guide and FAQ to answer the most relevant questions about folding saws. While we think the Bahco and Corona are the best for the most common purposes, you have to keep reading to see our best value and best performer.
Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw, 7-1/2 -Inch Blade, 7 TPI – Best Seller
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Bahco may not necessarily be the most well-known company on our list, but they have a surprising amount of experience. In fact, Bahco is easily the oldest company that we reviewed with a storied history that stretches well over a century. However, Bahco actually started as a steel manufacturing company but soon found a use for its metallurgy in making products directly. While Bahco may have gotten its start as a steel manufacturer, saw blades were one of the first products they made. That said, these days Bahco makes a wide range of different tools for virtually any field.
While all folding saws need to cut well, you still might need to weigh the quality of the cut against some of the other features depending on where you intend to use your folding saw. When it comes to the Bahco folding saw, it seems as though the company spared little expense in refining the blade’s cutting ability. For one, the Laplander folding saw uses Bahco’s patented XT-tooth design that provides an incredibly robust and aggressive cutting action. When you combine this tooth design with a solid 7 ½” blade, you get a versatile folding saw that can perform a wider range of different tasks than some of the others on our list.
While the cutting action of a folding saw is always important, you should not let that overshadow the build quality. Keep in mind, the build quality can refer to a couple of different things depending on which part of the folding saw you talk about. With the Bahco Laplander folding saw, the only potential issue is that the blade is not terribly thick which can lend the saw to bending if it pinches. Of course, a big part of this has to do with your cutting technique and the amount of pressure you apply when making a cut. Thankfully, the Bahco folding saw uses the Bessemer metallurgy process to make sure their stainless steel blade is strong. However, this is also the only folding saw on our list that features a double locking mechanism that locks the blade both when folded and extended.
- Is a lightweight folding saw
- Has a 7 ½” blade
- Has 7 tpi
- Has an anti-friction, anti-rust coating
- Has XT-tooth design
- Has a double lock
- Is a more expensive folding saw
- Blade can bend
Corona RazorTOOTH Folding Pruning Saw, 10 Inch Curved Blade, RS 7265D – Top Pick
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Anyone familiar with the outdoor hand saw market has likely run across Corona Tools once or twice. While not the oldest company that we reviewed, Corona Tools does have over 9 decades of experience. On top of that, this is also the only company on our list that focuses on outdoor equipment, though they do not focus exclusively on hand tools or saws. While the Corona RazorTOOTH folding saw is a bit limited in some of the specialized uses for folding saws, it does offer some of the best results for the most common uses.
Though folding saws are used for a variety of different tasks, by far the most common use for a folding saw is cutting wood. Corona Tools takes this and its focus on outdoor equipment to heart and makes the most capable pruning folding saw that we came across. This begins with the Corona folding saw’s blade that tops our list at 10” long and is capable of cutting through thicker pieces of wood than most. On top of that, the RazorTOOTH folding saw is the only product on our list that uses a crescent curved blade to apply more cutting power. Even better, the Corona pruning saw also has an anti-friction coating on the blade to make cutting thicker pieces of wood that much smoother.
While the overall design of the RazorTOOTH pruning saw aids in cutting thicker pieces of wood, it also makes sure the teeth can stand up to that too. For example, the Corona Tools folding saw actually has the lowest tpi on our list at only 6, but this allows it to make some of the most aggressive cuts we saw. On top of that, the Corona Tools pruning saw also has triple-cut teeth to provide more edges for an even more aggressive cutting action. The only real downside of the teeth is that the handle of the Corona folding saw does not cover them when folded. This can lead to the teeth getting caught when carried or even expose you to some minor cutting risk.
- Has a 10” blade
- Has triple-cut teeth
- Blade is impulse-hardened
- Has a curved blade
- Has an anti-friction coating
- Is ergonomically designed
- Is a heavier folding saw
- Teeth remain exposed when folded
EverSaw Folding Hand Saw All-Purpose, Wood, Bone, PVC. Best for Tree Pruning, Camping, Hunting, Toolbox. Rugged 8″ Blade, Solid Grip – Quality Made for Real Work – Best Value
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EverSaw is actually a brand of the Home Planet Gear company which is the smallest company on our list. It is also worth noting that Home Planet Gear was only founded half a decade ago, though they do have some focus. Specifically, Home Planet Gear only makes 4 different products, 2 of which are cutting tools and all of which are made specifically for the homeowner. While that does not always translate into the best products, it does allow the EverSaw folding saw to offer a nice range of different features for increased versatility.
While not necessarily the best that we came across, the Home Planet Gear folding saw does provide a nice range of qualities that perform fairly well. For one, this folding saw has the second-largest blade on our list at 8” making it a decent choice for cutting thicker pieces of wood. This use is further reinforced with the EverSaw folding saw’s teeth that are triple-cut to provide an even more aggressive cutting action. You also do not need to worry about the teeth dulling early thanks to a carbon steel construction, though you still need to consider the Japanese-style design. However, the pull stroke design does at least allow you to cut dense wood without having to use too much force.
When looking for a more budget-friendly option, it is important to make sure that the product can at least perform its primary function. As noted prior, the EverSaw is surprisingly capable in terms of its cutting power, but it is still definitely meant for the average consumer. You can tell this most prominently with the blade lock which is not the strongest and may fail if you apply too much pressure. On the other hand, the EverSaw folding saw is the only product on our list that has a TPR handle which offers plenty of durability with a non-slip grip. Though, it should be noted that this is also one of the heavier folding saws that we reviewed which might limit some of its hiking convenience.
- Is a less expensive folding saw
- Has an 8” blade
- Has triple-cut teeth
- Has 9 tpi
- Has a non-slip rubber grip
- The blade is made of carbon steel
- Is a heavier folding saw
- Not the most durable lock
Silky Saws PocketBoy Curve Professional Folding Saw 130mm Large Teeth – 726-13 – Runner Up
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For those familiar with saws, it might be a bit of a surprise to see Silky Saws so far down our list. That is certainly not due to a lack of experience as Silky Saws is the second-oldest company we reviewed, celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. On top of that, Silky Saws, as the name might imply, is also the only company on our list that specializes in saws and other cutting tools. To be fair, this is definitely the top-performing folding saw on our list, but it can be a bit more limited in terms of some of its versatility. It also does not help that the Silky Saws PocketBoy folding saw is by far one of the most expensive products we came across.
No matter how you look at it, it is definitely hard to deny the Silky Saws folding saw’s ability to cut. For one, this is folding saw uses Japanese steel which has one of the highest carbon contents that we found. This helps keep the saw’s teeth sharp while also making the saw blade generally more durable compared to most other products. On top of that, the PocketBoy folding saw also provides a truly advanced tooth geometry with the Mirai-Me design that simultaneously cuts more material per stroke while preventing the blade from binding by removing the sawdust. The teeth also employ and off-set arrangement coupled with 7 tpi for incredibly aggressive cuts.
Outside of the ability to cut better and longer than most of the other folding saws we reviewed, the Silky Saws also takes care of the rest of the build too. For example, this is one of the lightest folding saws on our list which makes it incredibly easy to take with you on the go. To complement the lightweight profile, the Silky Saws folding saw also comes with a non-slip rubber handle. However, one of the best, and potentially under-appreciated, qualities of the PocketBoy folding saw is its lock. Not only is this one of the stronger locks we found, being made of durable metal components, but it also allows for a standard and flush cut position.
- Is a lightweight folding saw
- Has 7 tpi
- Has a non-slip rubber handle
- Has a superior blade lock
- Has superior teeth
- Has a superior blade
- Is a more expensive folding saw
- Has a smaller blade
Primos Folding Saw – Also Consider
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Primos Hunting may not be the first company you think of when looking for a folding saw, but that likely depends on why you need a folding saw. The company has been around for almost 40 years, but as their name suggests, it specializes in hunting products. In this sense, the Primos Hunting folding saw is excellent for its intended purpose, but definitely suffers a bit in the versatility department. Thankfully, it is also one of the cheapest folding saws that we came across too.
While folding saws often enjoy a good bit of versatility in terms of what they can cut, the Primos folding saw is definitely meant only for hunting. While you may be able to use it for some light wood cutting purposes, the blade is definitely not the longest that we came across. However, it does feature an off-set tooth arrangement which helps it cut through the bone when dressing a kill. On top of that, this is also the only folding saw on our list that features a quiet folding action, so you do not have to worry about alerting the prey.
In terms of ease and convenience, the Primos folding saw offers a number of nice features, but they can be a bit overshadowed by its biggest flaw. Specifically, the Primos hunting saw does not feature the strongest blade and will bend a bit if you apply too much pressure to too dense of a material. On the other hand, this is one of the lighter folding saws we reviewed which makes it much easier to carry around when stalking prey. On top of that, the Primos Hunting folding saw also has a non-slip rubber grip overmold around a nylon handle.
- Is a less expensive folding saw
- Is a lightweight folding saw
- Has offset teeth
- Has a push-button lock
- Has a non-slip rubber grip
- Has a quiet action
- Has a smaller blade
- Not the strongest blade
Best Folding Saw Buying Guide 2019
While this is not always the most important factor to consider, the size of the blade will usually play a pivotal role in determining what the folding saw is best used for. Keep in mind, folding saws can be used for a wide variety of different purposes, but one is not inherently as versatile as its competitors. While other features will definitely influence this aspect, one of the more direct and obvious factors that help position the folding saw’s purpose is the size of its blade.
For example, if you need a folding saw for cutting things with a larger thickness of diameter, you should probably get a folding saw with a longer blade. On the other hand, if you need a folding saw for more delicate cuts, the larger blade can actually get in the way and hinder the ability to work around sensitive areas and materials. In this instance, the largest blade is not necessarily the best blade with your particular needs impacting which is the best size.
While most folding saws use a close range of different materials, not all of these groups of materials will be the same for each product. While this is not always the most important thing to consider, the specific materials used will impact the durability of the product. On top of that, different materials can also play a major role in affecting how ergonomic the folding saw is to use. While some parts of a folding saw have a little bit more wiggle room in terms of the materials used, other parts have definitive preferences in terms of what is better.
When it comes down to it, folding saw blades are made out of pretty much one type of material: steel. However, even within the category of steel, there can be numerous differences in the molecular content or metallurgical processes that influence how the steel behaves. While there can be some approaches that function in a more specialized context, there are still some general industry standards that can tell you which steel blades are better than others.
For example, the two most common types of metal used for high-quality folding saws are stainless steel and carbon steel. Stainless steel is not necessarily as hard or durable as carbon steel, but it provides natural resistance to water and other corrosive elements. This is due to chromium content which helps provide a natural oxidation barrier, but this does not mean that stainless steel will not rust or corrode if left exposed to the elements for extended periods of time.
High carbon steel, on the other hand, has no natural resistance to water or the elements and will either need to be cleaned and protected or have a treatment applied to the blade. That said, high carbon steel is more durable than stainless steel and holds its edge better over time. A big part of this with folding saws comes down to high carbon steel’s better thermal conductivity which might seem a bit odd. Basically, as you use the saw to cut, the friction from cutting will generate a good bit of heat. High carbon steel is better able to distribute that heat throughout the blade while stainless steel will not. As such, the heat generated by cutting with a stainless steel folding saw blade remains at the point of contact–the teeth.
Though the handle might be little more than an afterthought, the various materials used for this part can impact numerous qualities of the folding saw. Generally, handles will be made of either plastic or rubber, though even within those loose categories there are numerous options. For example, a handle can use ABS plastic (the material used for Legos), acetal plastic (one of the more common types of plastic), nylon plastic, or a combination. Though, handles that use combinations of material do not mix them so much as they use different materials for different parts of the handle.
In terms of rubber, there are technically a couple of types of rubber, but folding saw handles have a tendency to use only one. Natural rubber, also called gum rubber, is the standard type of rubber used for folding saw handles. This material has a softer, more comfortable feel in the hand and also provides a decent amount of anti-slip qualities. However, it should be noted that natural rubber is not the most durable material and can suffer from extended, unprotected exposure to the elements.
While plastic and rubber are the most common types of materials used for a folding saw handles, some companies actually use a mixture of the two materials. TPR, or thermoplastic rubber, is a mixture that offers some of the comfort and non-slip qualities of rubber with a bit more of the rigid strength from plastic. Unlike plastic, TPR does not have to worry about a low tensile strength while simultaneously possessing decent exposure protection too.
TPI refers to teeth per inch and is a rating for how concentrated the teeth are on the blade. However, this quality does not inherently tell you how well a folding saw will cut as much as it tells you what materials it cuts best and the type of cut you will get. To be fair, folding saws are not really used for woodworking projects and the like with their “delicate” work being used more for cutting bone than anything else. That said, folding saws can be used to cut some softer materials, like plastics, where tpi might play a larger role. Basically, the more teeth per inch a folding saw blade has, the finer the cut the blade makes, though this will contrast with the aggressiveness of the cut. On the other hand, folding saws do not deviate too terribly much from one to the other in terms of tpi, so the effect might not be that noticeable unless used for a less common or more demanding purpose.
Geometry and Arrangement
While the tpi has moderate influence in the cutting quality of a folding saw, the geometry of the teeth and their arrangement on the blade can play a much larger role. That said, there are not necessarily industry standards when it comes to tooth geometry, though there are some common trends with tooth arrangement. By far one of the more common tooth arrangements for a folding saw is the off-set arrangement where the teeth are not positioned in a single file but alternate side to side. This kind of arrangement increases the amount of space between each tooth and provides a much more aggressive cut.
For tooth geometry, the most common type, outside of basic geometry, is the triple-ground tooth which features 3 edges on each tooth. This allows the tooth to not only cut better in general, but it also allows the tooth to cut more irregular materials. For example, there is a big difference between cutting a processed piece of lumber and cutting green or dried pieces of timber. While the triple-ground and straight tooth geometry are the most common, some higher-end manufacturers go the extra mile by using more exotic types of geometry, generally able to provide a smoother, more controlled cut while also removing more material per stroke.
Why Choose a Folding Saw?
While you inevitable get a folding saw to cut things, there are actually a number of unrelated situations where you should use a folding saw. Unlike other saws that generally have you cutting in the comfort of a workshop, folding saws are not really used for contractor or woodworking purposes. One of the most common uses of a folding saw is for cutting wood outdoors, though even here there are a couple of different circumstances.
The most common outdoor wood cutting use for a folding saw comes from trimming branches or other brush around your yard. In this sense, many folding saws are just another type of pruning saw, though that does not mean most folding saws should be limited to such tasks. Another extremely common use for a folding saw is for cutting wood when you engage in outdoorsmanship. This can include cutting up smaller pieces of firewood while camping or clearing out different saplings and brush for a hiking trail.
While cutting wood might be of the more obvious uses for a folding saw, another common purpose comes when hunting. To be fair, the folding saw is not the only tool you should use in this context, but it helps for cutting through bone when dressing a kill. While some people may prefer to simply use a high-quality hunting knife, a folding saw can drastically reduce the time it takes to cut through thicker joints of larger prey. Beyond the outdoorsman circumstances, folding saws also come in handy when cutting PVC or other synthetic materials for outdoor projects.
How to Use a Folding Saw?
While the first question might have seemed a bit obvious but carried a number of different situations and settings, this question is elusive for different reasons. Basically, different folding saws are actually designed to be used in completely different ways that can affect both your comfort with using them and their maintenance. Basically, some folding saws may perform extremely well when used as designed, but they can also suffer significant issues when used improperly.
The most common distinction in this regard is what type of cutting action a folding saw uses. The two types of cutting actions for folding saws are the push stroke and pull stroke, though a folding saw that cuts on the push stroke generally cut on the pull stroke as well. However, trying to cut with a pull stroke folding saw by using a push stroke can actually dull the blade’s teeth as well as cause larger durability issues.
Not only do these 2 different types of cutting strokes impact how the saw will hold up over time, but they also require subtle changes to your cutting technique in general. For example, the main benefit of a pull stroke folding saw is that you do not need to use as much force to still generate solid cutting power. However, pull stroke folding saws will still require a bit of time since you should ideally reset the saw blade after every stroke.
Conversely, push stroke folding saw may provide a quicker cut due to not having to reset the blade, but you also need to apply more force when making the cut. On top of that, push stroke folding saws have a tendency to dull quicker than pull stroke folding saws when using both properly. Part of this may come from making more strokes in the same amount of time, but pull stroke folding saws are also designed to stay sharper even with the same number of strokes.
What to Look for?
As mentioned prior, the size of the blade is not something that should always be the biggest. Similarly, the material of the blade can be better suited for cutting different materials without one inherently being better than the other. However, one quality that does not differ too terribly much in terms of importance from one folding saw to another is the lock. This is not necessarily as important for determining how well the folding saw cuts, but it is incredibly important in terms of long term durability as well as safety.
Another thing to consider is the type of cutting action a folding saw uses since you should not stray too far from course or else risk messing up the blade’s teeth. We highlight the cutting action here because not everyone is comfortable with a pull stroke folding saw or might not have the patience for it. While tooth arrangement and geometry can achieve different results for various circumstances, the folding saws without straight aligned teeth will usually cut better than others due to the more aggressive cutting action.
It is also important to consider how the blade was treated, both during its manufacturing as well as after. For example, an impulse-hardened blade is stronger than one that is not, but it also makes sharpening the teeth impossible and requires you to simply replace the blade or the folding saw instead. On the other hand, high carbon blades should likely be treated with a coating of some sort to help protect them from corrosion or other weathering effects.
In the end, the best folding saw will depend as much on what you need to cut as what qualities and features the saw has. The Bahco Laplander is an all-around solid folding saw with a good cutting action, though it is not ideal for tough pruning. The Corona RazorTOOTH, on the other hand, can handle large brush with relative ease, but it is not the safest or best for delicate cuts. The EverSaw 8.0 provides a good mix of features with a durable blade and good cutting action, but its lock is not the best. For our top performer, the Silky PocketBoy comes with an astounding number of different features, but it is also almost twice as expensive as any other option we reviewed. Finally, the Primos Hunting has one of the smoothest and quietest actions to prevent spooking prey, but it cannot handle heavy-duty work.