I watched a million and a half different YouTube videos on saws, and this one pretty much seemed to be the favorite. I read another million reviews here on amazon, and this one seems to be top rank. Initially, I wanted something bigger, I admit. I was tired of lugging a bow...
I watched a million and a half different YouTube videos on saws, and this one pretty much seemed to be the favorite. I read another million reviews here on amazon, and this one seems to be top rank. Initially, I wanted something bigger, I admit. I was tired of lugging a bow saw around to cut up larger logs, but at the same time I didn''t have a good smaller saw for lighter tasks. I didn''t think the katana was going to be very good for small tasks, and I wasn''t going to buy and carry multiple saws either. So I figured the larger gomboy would be a good balance, medium teeth for versatility. I looked at the bahco laplander, how can you not? It''s probably the top selling bushcraft saw on the market. But I have used saws with stamped teeth, and they suck. I looked a lot at corona, and as far as I can tell, the only real difference is the handle, and the second blade lock position. The silky is obviously much nicer, but is it enough to pay 2-3x the price? Well, I guess time will tell on that. The price does tend to jump around, so if you can grab this for around $40 I''d say it''s a bargain.
Cuts like a hot knife through butter, starting out, I used a fair bit of effort, just being used to push/pull saws. But after a couple cuts, my arms turning to rubber, I started to let the saw do the work. I quickly realized all that effort was wasted. Just running the saw back and forth on the wood, it just goes through it, it doesn''t make any difference if you try to add pressure. You can however make the blade bind up and possibly bend it however, so there''s another reason to let the saw do it''s thing.
So 5 stars might be generous when you could potentially get a corona for half the money that works as well. But there is certainly some added quality to the silky, and the price is really the only fault I can find.
On a last note, the case. It''s a nice heavy plastic latching case, with a lanyard hole and large drain holes. The latch can also be used as a belt loop. That being said, I don''t use it. It just adds bulk and weight, and I can see no necessity for using it for my purposes.
UPDATE: So my friend bought a corona, and we took our saws on a 4 day camping bushcraft trip. We built a 2 person lean to shelter with walls, an outhouse, and a fire reflector, and processed enough wood for a constant fire, plus stores for the next trip. Needless to say we put them through the paces. I noticed that aside from a MUCH nicer and tougher handle, the silky cut quite a bit faster and easier. For logs 4"+ diameter he just left it to me, didn''t even want to bother with the corona. The only place it did outshine the silky, was small limbs, less than finger size. The silky is a little too bitey when the limbs start to nestle in the tooth gaps.
After all that, it''s a little dirty, but still cuts like new. I''m probably going to want a bucksaw still for larger lumber, but this thing is really packable. I don''t notice it when it''s in my pocket most of the time. Sure it sticks up a ways, but not enough to fall out or interfere with me bending or sitting.