Q. Hey Gear Guy,
I want to buy a camp saw that will really last. Something that can take a beating. It doesn’t need to be lightweight for packing since we usually drive to our campsites.
– Lumberjack Tyler, Mundelein, Illinois
A. I have just the thing for you, Tyler: the Sven-Saw. It’s a foldable saw that’s well-made, durable and capable of cutting a log 6 inches in diameter. I know you said you don’t care about it being lightweight, but it is totally packable and weighs less than 1 pound. It comes in 15-inch and 21-inch versions ($35–$37, svensaw.com). For a solid, budget-friendly solution, check out the BSA Folding Saw in your local Scout shop ($15, boyslife.org/links/scoutstuff).
Now that you know which camp saw to get, don’t forget the principles of LEAVE NO TRACE and minimizing campfire impacts:
- Standing trees, dead or alive, are home to birds and insects, so leave them intact. Fallen trees also provide bird and animal shelter, increase water-holding capacity of the soil and recycle nutrients back into the environment through decomposition.
- Stripping branches from standing or fallen trees also detracts from an area’s natural appearance.
- Avoid using hatchets and saws or breaking branches off standing or downed trees. Use dead and downed wood, which burns easily and is easy to collect.
- Use small pieces of wood, no larger than the diameter of an adult wrist, that can be broken with your hands.
- Gather wood over a wide area away from camp to avoid depleting the wood supply and to let nutrients return to the soil. Along rivers and seashores, use dry driftwood.