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 Schrade Old Timer Wire Saw is next up in our series of reviews. Schrade have a rich heritage of knife manufacture and their recent range of tools have proven to be popular on both sides of the pond.
The Schrade Old Timer Wire Saw measures in at 61cm long and is formed from interwoven stainless steel wire which provides a fine and flexible cutting edge. Unlike the traditional wire saw the Schrade is equipped with plastic handles which, while providing a good and secure hold, also act as storage for the saw blade which wraps around a specially included groove around the edge of each.
The Schrade Old Timer operates in very much the same way as any other wire saw and is capable in cutting up to 6 inch diameter timber without issue. The saw does tend to stick and foul a little when cutting sappy and green woods but that is to be expected with a cutting edge this fine.
The plastic handles provide a good hold and can easy be used when wearing gloves which was a plus as I tested this particular saw over the winter. The handles don’t tire your hands too quickly and I found them to be quiet comfortable to use.
The saw works well with both one and two people and trapping towards the end of the cut is not a concern because of the fine edge.
The Schrade Old Timer Wire Saw is very good but, because of the handles, it really isn’t one for your survival tin but despite this I think it is worth the asking price of £10.95.