Tools set us apart from the rest of creation and it’s one of those things that multiplies your efforts. But, having a really good tool that is really high quality and performs well can really get you way ahead. I was recently at the Fieldcraft Survival School where I was taking a survival class. One of the things that I got out of that class, and probably one of the biggest things besides just getting a lot of great information, is the Silky PocketBoy.
The Silky PocketBoy is a folding saw and it is fantastic. Each one of the guys from Fieldcraft carry this and they were just talking about how much they liked it. Then I got to use it and I saw why. I mean, this is an excellent tool that is made in Japan and a lot of it has to do with the way these teeth are set up – it’s a really cool design. I ordered one for myself and I got one for each of my family members also to put in their Get Home Bag. But, if you have property around or you like to do things in the yard, this is a great tool in itself.
There’s a number of different sizes that you can get, but this one has the coarse teeth and they make a number of different models and a number of different links with the blade. It’s just a solid tool.
I’m going to demonstrate some of the things about using it, but I think if you’re looking for a saw this is a great option. I think it’s really important to have a tool like this because it’s actually more safe than having an axe or a hatchet – and yet, you can pretty much do the same thing with this saw.
A folding saw in my Get Home Bag is something that I’ve done for many years because I like the way that it cuts. I like it better typically than even an axe because as I mentioned, it’s much safer to use. You’re not striking, you’re just pulling the blade back and forth. Folding saws in particular are great because they do pack away very easily,
The Silky PocketBoy is eight inches in length closed, it has a seven inch blade and is 15 inches overall. It weighs 7.8 ounces, so it’s got a little bit of heft to it but you’re going to really appreciate that when you’re cutting.
One of the secrets of the PocketBoy is the teeth design. This is called the ‘Mirai-Me’ which means smooth cutting in Japan. They’re offset and they’re razor sharp and these are just – I don’t know what it is about them – they just cut really smooth. It’s really cool because when you cut a piece of wood, the finish is very smooth on the surface. But guys, these teeth, I mean, they are so well engineered. I mean it is phenomenal how this thing cuts, it’s thin. In fact, it has what they call a taper grind blade, so it’s thinner on top, which is about a millimeter and it actually thickens out when it gets down to the tee. For me, I wanted it to have the best cutting ability, especially in a survival situation. This is the Silky PocketBoy 170 and it is the Professional. I think these run around $38-39 and you can get replaceable blades as well. So, this isn’t the cheapest saw out there but to me it’s the best quality and I don’t mind spending a little extra money for something that just performs better.
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