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REVIEW: The Combi Saw

PUBLISHED: 11:23 10 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:23 10 March 2016

Despite its modest size it cuts logs like this in seconds

Despite its modest size it cuts logs like this in seconds

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The editor tries a neat solution to hide making

Once folded it fitted into my back pack easily and safelyOnce folded it fitted into my back pack easily and safely

One of the few things I remember about my late father was when he looked me in the eyes and told me that the man who invented the saw had made the axe redundant. As a research engineer, he explained about effort given for reward taken; a saw removes just the minimum of wood to complete the cut, whilst an axe has to chop out a big ‘V’ to achieve the same result. Despite his wisdom, I’ve always carried an axe for hide making because small folding saws aren’t man enough, and a small axe is easy to carry.

What if you could have a 17” saw that folded down to the size of a stick? Swedish manufacturer, EKA, has answered this call with their amazing Combi saw. Folded, it takes almost no space in a backpack, and yet opened out and locked it’s a rigid and effective saw. The razor-sharp blade is stored inside a long, metal tube where it can’t damage anything, and in the same slot, EKA fits a metal cutting blade - like you’d have in a hacksaw – together with a more coarse blade that works well on bone, as I found out whilst butchering a roe deer that I’d culled. The blades are replaceable when they wear, so the long-term use of the saw is guaranteed.

Three different blades are stored safely in the frameThree different blades are stored safely in the frame

At just 360 grammes complete, the Combi is impressively light and tucked down the side of a daypack, I hardly knew it was there, but that wouldn’t matter if it didn’t cut well. I challenged it with wet and dry wood, thicknesses varying from 1” to about 4”, and it sliced through with minimal effort. The woodsaw tooth profile is very aggressive, cutting a broad channel that helps to clear sawdust and reduce sticking in sappy wood. Clearly, it’s not intended to cut 12” thick logs, though - that’s a job for a much bigger bow saw.

It’s a very versatile tool because of the three blades, and that makes it a good thing to keep in the boot of your car. All sorts of small cutting jobs could be done around your hunting permission with the choice of blades. I helped my farmer friend to cut out some fence wire that had caught in a machine, saving him time by not going back to the yard to get a hacksaw - that earned me a few brownie points along the way. Perhaps my dad was right - I’ll leave the axe at home and take this great little saw instead.

RRP £45.95

www.casstrom.com

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