Wire saws are one of the bits of kit that are often mentioned in “things you should have in your survival tin” lists and they are something that we at Sumo Survival are often asked about.
I have owned and used numerous wire saws over the decades and, in common with many readers of this review, I found that they quickly broke or fell apart within a few hours of using them.
Now that technology has moved on, today’s offerings promise that breakages are a thing of the past.
To find out if this is indeed true, I decided to gather together some of the most commonly bought wire saw in the UK and test them out to see if any of them are worthy of taking up some precious space in our survival tins.
The final wire saw in this series of reviews comes from a BCB combat survival kit. BCB are well know for their military products and are perhaps best known for their range of survival tins which are issued to the armed forces and this particular wire saw comes from one of those tins.
The BCB Wire Saw is as basic as you can get when it comes to these bits of kit but that does not mean that it is not up to the job. The saw is formed from branded and interwoven stainless steel wire which has it ends looped to form rudimentary handles. The saw edge measures 51cm and is fairly course in nature.
Without doubt you will have to use additional paracord loops when using this saw for more than a few minutes as the plastic coated loops quickly cut into your fingers and can draw blood. The course cutting edge really rips through material without any problem and managed to cut through a 6 inch diameter branch without issue.
I tested the saw across wood, bone and plastic and it managed to go through each very quickly and cleanly. At the end of the 3 month testing period I decided to try it with some still nails and it did manage to get through two nails but it did cause a fair amount damage to the saw’s edge so perhaps that this a material best avoided.
The BCB Wire Saw is a tough bit of kit and a good addition to you survival tin. Ideally I would have liked the saw to be 10cm longer to make it bit more effective but by doing this would take up more space in your tin. At only £2.99 this is a bit of kit that is both a bargain and effective at the same time.