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 saws 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.
First up is the Warrior Survival Saw produced by Web-Tex a company with a fair reputation for manufacturing good quality military and civilian kit.
The Warrior is often referred to as being a pocket chainsaw due to the nature of its design and teeth. The saw measures 65cm long and is fitted with generously sized nylon webbing hand loops. The saw is designed to cut in both directions.
The Warrior is a very capable saw and managed to cuts through the differing timbers I presented it with over the course of 3 months in the woodlands.
The teeth really rip through fallen wood easily but when it comes to green and sappy woods it does tend foul up a fair bit and I found that when cutting a 6 inch diameter piece of pine I had to stop several times to free up the teeth from sap and saw dust.
Operating the saw with one person can result in it getting trapped towards the end of a cut but when used by two people this issue does not present itself.
The Web-Tex Warrior Survival Saw is a good bit of kit overall but it does have a few issues with fouling and I feel it would benefit from an additional 10cm in length to make it a bit easier to cut through thicker wood. The Warrior costs £13.50 and I have to say that I think that is a fair price for it but a bit bulky for a survival tin.