When you absolutely, positively have got to saw everything in sight.
by Martin Hackworth
Photos: Martin Hackworth, JR Hackworth
Choose your weapon!
you spend much time
trails in the woods you are, sooner or later, going to encounter the
scourge of single track - blow down. Sometimes it's possible
to ride over, under or around down trees, but sometimes you have to
deal with what you get.
Here in Idaho where the forests are increasingly stressed from changing climate, the days of clearing trail with chainsaws early in the riding season, then enjoying clear trail most of the summer, are gone. These days it is very likely that one will encounter downed trees every time the wind blows - even a little. One day this past summer, while sawing trail for the Tour of Idaho, I ran a gallon of saw gas through my chainsaw in one section of trail only to discover new trees that had fallen down behind me on the way back out. I actually had a tree fall on my bike this past summer. Be careful out there!
For most of us it's just not practical to ride with a chainsaw all of the time - even a really great compact saw like my Dolmar 3410. For years I've ridden with Corona Razor Saws and Sven Saws when I'm without my Dolmar or Stihl. This summer, while working with various trail crews across the state on the Tour of Idaho, I discovered Silky Saws. Once you've used a Silky, there's no going back. Silky Saws are light, exceptionally well-made and cut furiously. Some of the larger saws cut, for all intents and purposes, like human-powered chainsaws. You need a Silky.
called the folks at
inquire about obtaining a selection of folding-type saws to evaluate
for trail riders. Irene DeMaio, our
Silky rep, suggested four saws: the Pocketboy, the Ultra Accel, the
Bigboy 2000 and the Katanaboy. We've had these saws in our
hands for about a month now and are prepared to
All Silky saws are made in Japan with high-quality steel and other premium grade materials. Silky high-carbon steel blades maintain impressive sharpness after long periods of heavy use. The blades are stiff enough for aggressive sawing, but not brittle. Chrome hardening resists scuffing, corrosion, resins and reduces sawing friction. These are serious tools for sawing.
Silkys exude high quality and even some pizazz. You'll look and feel like a Ninja - especially waving a Katanaboy around in the air (I triple-dog dare you to resist doing this). You might wait until after dark to try this in your backyard though, lest you alarm your neighbors. Don't ask how we know...
name implies, is a compact folding
saw that fits easily in the pockets of our KLIM
and others as well. The blade is 6.7 inches long with 6.8 teeth per
inch. This saw resides in my kit that goes out every time I ride. It's
about the same size as a Corona Razor saw, but beefier. It's also
slightly heaver, but when you discover how well the locking mechanism
works, and feel the well-made, ergonomically correct handle as you saw,
you understand where
the extra heft goes.
The Ultra Accel is a slightly larger saw than a Pocketboy. The Ultra Accel features a blade length of 9.4 inches, with 6.4 teeth per inch. It cuts much faster than the Pocketboy and can handle larger diameter logs. The Ultra Accel is my preferred backup saw for the Tour of Idaho and other trips were two saws are advisable.
2000 is my favorite Silky Saw. It's
got a whopping 14.2 inch blade with 5.5 teeth per inch for a very fast
cut. It cuts through
impressive diameter wood like butter. The only drawback of the Bigboy
is that the
blade does not
fold into the handle (see photo above). An accessory sheath (one custom
made for the Bigboy is available from Silky) is advised. Even though
the teeth are not fully exposed, they are sharp. The
much faster than the Ultra Accel or Pocketboy and can handle larger
diameters. The Bigboy 2000 is the main saw that I carry for long
rides in the woods. If you were going to buy just one hand
saw for your woods riding, the Bigboy 2000 would be the one.
Finally, when you absolutely, positively have got to saw everything in sight, there is the Katanaboy 2000. Forget about superlatives and just examine the facts: 19.7 inch blade length, 4.2 teeth per inch. It's like having a friendly, log-chewing T-Rex at your disposal. Once deployed, it's the most entertainment that you can have with a saw in the woods. I kid you not.
is pleased to be a dealer for
Silky Saws - which we feel are the finest folding handsaws
available. This is the first product that we have ever sold
through our website
shirts), and all proceeds go to
support the Tour
of Idaho. All
Silky saws come with
lifetime warranty against
manufacturing defects. All are available with replacement blades. To
order, just the MoJazz
allow 7 - 21
days for delivery. Yes, we do know that they are cheaper on Amazon,
btw. We do offer bulk rate contractor prices for Forest
personnel, firefighters and others. Email
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The Good: All Silkys cut ferociously.
The Rad: Exude quality.
The Gnarly: Ah, Officer, I was just testing the wind shedding characteristics...