My time tested frame saw with some embellishments. Made from aged pine lumber
repurposed from shelves I'm estimating at around 50 years old. There are small
traces of original wear, dings, old paint, and over all of that 5 coats of spar
polyurethane. There are 3 black walnut inlays featuring the logo, the name
"Hikers Frame Mark IV", and the date it was made. It's the fourth revision of
the saw that I've been selling for the past 3 years. Limited edition because
it's the only one I'll make like this and is ready to ship. Check my other
listings for saws made to order.
When camping and hiking, you are limited to a small set of tools. Usually this
means a small folding saw is your only option for cutting firewood and that
means pretty small logs which burn quick. If we want a good fire we need
bigger, dry, hardwood logs and that's why I made this frame saw.
RECLAIMED 50 YEAR OLD PINE LUMBER
WEIGHS ONLY 1lb 4oz
COMES APART FOR BUNDLING INTO A COMPACT SIZE
TIME TESTED DESIGN, BRAND NEW BAHCO DRY WOOD BLADE
USED AS A SINGLE OR TWO MAN SAW
CUTTING DEPTH OF 8.5"
LEATHER BINDING KEEPS ALL PARTS CONTAINED IN ONE NEAT PACKAGE
FAST AND STRONG
EACH SAW IS TESTED FOR FIT AND STRENGTH AS I MAKE THEM
I blaze through logs with this thing. Bahco makes a darn good blade (don't
even bother with a cheap one from the big-box stores) but this saw puts it to
use perfectly. The handles are shaped for comfort and strength and allow the
saw to be used by two people so you can get some serious work done. I've used
this design on my camping trips for the past 5 years and it exceeded my
expectations... getting through a 6-7 inch thick log with little effort will
put a smile on your face.
I couldn't possibly take a fully assembled bow saw hiking (store bought bent
metal frame ones are a little awkwardly shaped and wooden ones are usually big
and heavy) so this one comes apart. Breaks down or assembles in just a couple
minutes and all parts store safely together in the leather snapping straps. The
straps and tightening cord create easy ways to carry or strap to a pack. All
the blades teeth are confined between the wood so there's no danger of tearing
through other gear. Blade is held in place by 2 neodymium magnets for
convenience. Tightening cord is paracord so you can put hundreds of pounds of
pressure on the blade making it cut quicker and cleaner. The windlass (stick
for tightening the cord) is made from oak for added strength since it's quite
If you're like me, you'll find a certain magic in using a traditional tool
like this. The feel, the function, and form have gone through little change in
the past 2000 years. It makes sense and it works. To know you're sharing tools
and methods with the people who built this country is rewarding in many ways
and teaches that tradition is important.
VIDEO OF THE SAW IN USE, ASSEMBLY AND BREAKDOWN ON YOUTUBE
* Choose a personalize option to have initials or full name added. I burn the
lettering onto a small piece of wood (in a style that compliments the saw) and
inlay that into the handle of the saw.
length: 21 1/8"
Height: 19 1/8"
thickness: about 3/4"
Height: 2 1/4"
thickness: about 1 5/8"
3 frame pieces (2 sides and 1 stretcher with the leather straps), 1 new bahco
51-21 blade, 2 metal pins, 2 metal pin clips, paracord tightening cord, oak
It is absolutely about the art, the function, and the path taken to achieve
it. Thank you all for your interest in my work.