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Silky KATANABOY 500mm XL Teeth

Silky KATANABOY 500mm XL Teeth

Product Review (submitted on December 26, 2013):
Over the past 4 years, I have steadily moved up to larger and more aggressive Silky saws in order to help with keeping our local woodland trails open for safe travel. I'm a 67-year-old woman and don't own a chain saw. Even if I did, it would be too heavy and, therefore, too dangerous for me to use. At first, I passed over Katanaboy. I wasn't sure it would be sturdy in the folding-saw configuration. I was afraid inadvertent sideward stress on the tool while sawing through a large log might break the connection between blade and handle. So, instead, I bought the Ibuki and the now-discontinued (but EXCELLENT!) Kamisorime saws. I was able to cut through 12- to 13-inch diameter logs fairly quickly with those saws by alternately using my small ax in a "saw a little, chop a little" procedure, which would take about 30 to 45 minutes to do the first crosscut.But then a "monster" log fell on a particularly favorite trail. I ordered the Katanaboy. It's too big to fit in my backpack but I found a way to fasten its carrying sleeve to the side of the pack so the saw is always at the ready. It's heavier than the other 2 Silky saws but, once the pack is on my back, I don't notice the weight. Ibuki and Kamisorime are always inside the pack, along with a Vaughan Bear Saw (the "sacrificial" saw when I have no choice but to cut through to the soil surface), my short-handled ax, a long-shafted screwdriver that I use as a digging tool to make a space under a log so I can undercut it, 3 felling wedges, a short-handled mattock, a short-handled rake and, in winter, a collapsible aluminum snow shovel plus the usual "10 essentials" - emergency food, water