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.
Next up in our series of review is the Pro-Force Survival Wire Saw produced by the outdoors firm Highlander who are rapidly gaining a good reputation for high performance kit at affordable prices.
The Pro-Force Survival Wire Saw take the form of the traditional wire saw that many of you will already know. The braided wire saw itself measures just 55cm long and has been fitted with thick keyring which act as handles. These keyring’s are secured to the wire saw via some very well designed swivel mounts.
The Pro-Force is again very capable and flexible saw. Over the course of 3 months in the woodlands, it managed to cut through the many differing timbers I presented it with ease.
The braided wire forms a fine mesh cutting edge which initial I thought would foul up especially when cutting through sappy woods but I am happy to say I was wrong and it coped exceptionally well with both sappy and green woods.
The saw handled materials up to 6 inches in diameter without any issues and didn’t suffer a trapping problems when used by a single person and operated really well when used by two people as well.
The manufacturer claims that the saw will cut wood, nails, plastic and bone and towards the end of the test period I tried to cut each. Wood and bone presented no issues to the saw but plastic saw a lot of fouling occur and it was incredibly difficult to pick the plastic from the wire after cutting was finished.
The nails presented a slight issue as the wire struggled to gain purchase on the metal surface. After several attempts I did manage to get it to cut the 6 inch steel nail and surprisingly it caused no serious damage to the saw but it significantly dull it’s edge which is to be expected.
The keyring “handles” work better when you attach paracord loops to them. The loops take away the strain on your fingers which is important when cutting thick material especially.
The Pro-Force Survival Wire Saw is an excellent all rounder. It is compact enough to fit in your survival tin and well worth the asking price of £4.95.