Sliding out from the handle in use, this blade is ideal for small brush, tree branches, and limbs. Crosscut teeth cut on the forward and backward stroke for maximum cutting ability, a rubberized handle keeps the tool securely in hand.
This is your tool for small brush, tree branches and limbs. The crosscut teeth design cuts on both the forward and backward stroke while the rugged, rubberized handle ensures that you won’t loose your grip. The locking six inch blade retracts into the handle when not in use. When clearing a path, building a shelter or collecting firewood, the sliding saw works quickly and efficiently, in both wet and muddy conditions.
Used this saw for the first time this weekend at the campsite and within 3 strokes with this saw on old soft wood the blade snapped right off right at the handle! So dangerous. I am thankful no one got hurt.
Updating my review of 9 days ago: plastic knob on bolt that tightens to lock blade in place has stripped, as other reviewers on other sites reported.
Taking it back...
Bought at Menards. Normally $13, sale $10, $5 after rebate.
Blade is sharp, but flexes too much, and I have to constantly bend it back. The blade is exactly the same thickness as the blade on my 12" bow saw (which is supported at both ends), and when I removed it to test it, my blade was MUCH more stiff than this new one.
Not bad for the reduced price, but it probably won't last very long. So, only 3 stars.
Grey locking nut is made of soft plastic and only has minimum threads.
If necessary, remove the 6mm hex screw and clean threads with acetone. Find a 6mm wing nut, apply red Loctite near the hex end of the screw and screw the reversed wing nut all the way to the hex end...better than new.
Just bought at target for 9 bucks looks good so far slides well and i like the paracord lanyard holes also just wanted to point out that it will work better as a pull saw as the points are slightly angled towards you
Also after reading all the negative reviews on this website i still think that as long as you dont fell trees with it or misuse it you will be good
Need to get a replacement blade. The blade snapped at the handle. Like the saw and want to know how to obtain a replacement blade.
This is an example of a good tool that with a little bit more attention to details could have been a great tool.
It's sharp and cuts well but if you're cutting something with a 3 or 4 inch diameter the blade gets pinched as you get deeper into the cut. This is because the teeth are the same thickness as the rest of the blade. Bending the teeth to either side of the blade alternately even 1 or 2 millimeters would create a cut slightly larger than the thickness of the blade and eliminate or greatly reduce this problem. Most saw blades are designed this way, not sure why this one isn't.
Also the plastic over metal locking bolt relies on the threads in the plastic knob to tighten and loosen the sliding blade and the metal bolt is fused into the blade. Over time the threads wear out and make it impossible to tighten the locking knob. When this happened to me I had to force the metal bolt out of the blade and put a small screw between the plastic knob and the bolt so I could spin the metal bolt into the blade to tighten and loosen it. This problem could have been easily avoided by fusing the plastic knob to the head of the bolt and using the metal threads to screw in and out of the blade.
Overall it's a good tool. I just wonder why it has these two easily eliminated flaws.
Agree with the others, wish I would have done some research, will be returning to the retailer, as it bent the blade severely on the first use. Literally cut two small branches and ruined the blade.
I absolutely love this saw. It is light weight, compact, extremely shape and great for many different cutting situations. But, I recently broke the blade and need to know how I can go about getting a replacement saw blade?
I took this on the Appalachian Trail in October. Worst saw ever... It's reverse pull makes it useless. My friend's black Gerber (Slide Saw) put me to shame. I couldn't saw squat by the time he finished. I recommend getting Gerber to exchange for the better one.
Despite all of the negative reviews, I decided I would give this saw a try, and usually if something is flimsy, after the tests I put it through it will break in less than a day. It passed my tests, held up very well, and I would highly recommend this saw for the Family Outing to the Backcountry Adventurer.
Great Job Gerber!
Have taken it everywhere I go. I think that the guys who had negative experiences with the saw bought counterfeits because It has a sturdy locking mechanism, and the blade is not flimsy unless you are trying to whittle a stick with it (why would anyone do that?). It stays sharp, is easy to clean, and looks great as a backcountry snowmobiler who slides out a Gerber saw to slice through brush in order to make it up the hill.
I love the design, but the blade is terrible. It bent in half the first time I used it. It's way too thin and flimsy. It's a shame because everything else is great.
The blade is very flimsy with no strength. You cannot see the blade in the packaging because it is retracted into the handle. The saw is a black mark to the Bear Grylls name. Do not buy.
Was using this to cut a tree branch and it bent so much that the saw became unusuable.
This is a fine saw for clearing up to 6 inch limbs in the 200 miles of trail I manage. Treat it with respect and it will serve you well!
Cuts through small branches no problem and even slightly thicker ones with ease. Cut through a 5"fence post with some struggle. Blade is flimsy thus you have to be careful while using it and the locking mechanism does need some work. But then again this isnt meant for lumberjacks
I bought two of these saws because I own other Gerber knives and saws and have tremendous results with your products however the first saw out of the packages the saw blade broke near the handle while cutting a limb maybe an in in diameter. The other saw probably will go back to the retailer where purchased. Very disappointed with this product.
The second time I used this saw the blade snapped in half. Total garbage!
The blade on this saw bent on the 3rd branch i cut. I bought this at Wal-mart and returned it and got a 3$ saw that holds up better. This is a perfect example of an overpriced product that uses a Name to sell it. I will never buy another Bear Grylls product.
Can cut any small branches or trees with a very good grip to it. Saw's serrations are very sharp and tough, slides into handle very nicely. Bigger than I thought, just a great overall portable saw!
I love it and im always cutting branches and it works like magic!
Awesome on small branches, however sawing som firewood and it broke it was around 6 inches thick though so its great just not for large stuff
I like it, once you start it's cuts great. However the handle feels a tad light. I like that they included lashing holes. Overall it is my first compact saw but I'm impressed. I always choose gerber
This is one bear grylls product that I just didn't like as much as the others. I have tested so many bear grylls products and they were awesome. When I saw this one, I thought it would be as good as the rest. But when I tested it in the field, I was wrong. It was good for sawing small branches. I tried sawing down a small tree and it just broke. It wasn't made well, and didn't hold up to my standards. I highly recommend for beginners, but not for serious survival.
I don't even have this but one day I will have every bear grylls thing moohahaha.
Just saw this at wal mart the other day and had to get it. pretty cool nice and light and cuts like butter.the locking mech works fine. A little more $$$ than most camping saws and not realy a survival tool as much as a luxury but for camping i think it will be awsome,and when not camping will stay in mu suzuki samurai's clove box in case i need it...all in all another great gerber product from a great line!