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    Silky Saws for NorCal

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    Great saw. It's what I use.

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    Worth it!

    Ive got 2 of em and will never get a cheapy Corona, etc again.

    There a thread somewhere in the trail advocacy forum on hand saws with lots of praise for Silky there as well...



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    I use one to great effect, and....

    Pro tip: Bring your old saw too, so if the Silky gets stuck after a tree shifts, you can get the Silky out.

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    The have them at Japan Woodworker in Alameda, and some other brands too, ICYGAS: Japan Woodworker Search for silky saw
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    My favorite trail saw say STIHL on it, slightly heavier but much more efficient....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackies Pasture View Post
    I use one to great effect, and....

    Pro tip: Bring your old saw too, so if the Silky gets stuck after a tree shifts, you can get the Silky out.
    Wedges are good for that.
    All's well that ends.

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    Just bought this:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I really like my Corona but I've cut a LOT of trees with it. Time to upgrade.

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    Do the Silky saws have a set to the teeth? I can't tell from the pix and a lot of Japanese saws do not.
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    My Katana Boy makes me giggle every time I use it. It's amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryman View Post
    My Katana Boy makes me giggle every time I use it. It's amazing.
    Hey now. Family channel. LOLz
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Hey now. Family channel. LOLz
    Bwahahahahaaha. I see what you did there, and I like


    Quote Originally Posted by RHEL View Post
    Do the Silky saws have a set to the teeth? I can't tell from the pix and a lot of Japanese saws do not.

    Please elaborate
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanxj View Post
    Please elaborate
    Sorry, "set" is the deviation from the centerline of the cut. In forestry saw tooth patterns, some of the teeth are set(bent) slightly outward, but many Japanese patterns do not.
    Saws without set cut faster, but tend to stick when they get in deep.
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    No offset

    Quote Originally Posted by RHEL View Post
    Sorry, "set" is the deviation from the centerline of the cut. In forestry saw tooth patterns, some of the teeth are set(bent) slightly outward, but many Japanese patterns do not.
    Saws without set cut faster, but tend to stick when they get in deep.
    Silky Saws do not have offset teeth. Blades can also be re-sharpened if you have the right equipment. All the use I've gotten from my Silky, I have only gotten if stuck once. Be really careful extracting a stuck blade as the teeth can get broken off.
    Be careful on the push stroke with any saw as it can bend the blade. The cutting stroke is a pull.

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    This one doubles as a bear/cougar weapon.

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    Ok, looks like I'm getting one. Which is the best one if I can just get one? Big Boy? Or maybe a little one and a big one?

    They have this 'chopper' too that looks awesome for camping

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    Silky Big Boy 2000

    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Ok, looks like I'm getting one. Which is the best one if I can just get one? Big Boy? Or maybe a little one and a big one?

    They have this 'chopper' too that looks awesome for camping

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    FC,
    The Silky Big Boy 2000 is all you'll need to do any trail work. The long handle gives you leverage to drive the long blade.

    Anything shorter would be a waste of money if you intend to do "Man's Work" on your trails. This is the Weapon of Choice for the down trees on the north coast with future possibilities for taking out the "DEAD" Wood in DC!

    P.S. Forget chopping! Extra, unnecessary weight to carrying unless you must justify that extra Pliny at days end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RooHarris View Post
    FC,
    The Silky Big Boy 2000 is all you'll need to do any trail work. The long handle gives you leverage to drive the long blade.

    Anything shorter would be a waste of money if you intend to do "Man's Work" on your trails. This is the Weapon of Choice for the down trees on the north coast with future possibilities for taking out the "DEAD" Wood in DC!

    P.S. Forget chopping! Extra, unnecessary weight to carrying unless you must justify that extra Pliny at days end.
    Roo, not all of us live in lumberjack country I got the smaller version to carry around all the time. I'm probably going to get the Big Boy 2000 for when I know there are some big trees down...well, that and so I can post again without being teased for having a "small" one

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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    Roo, not all of us live in lumberjack country I got the smaller version to carry around all the time. I'm probably going to get the Big Boy 2000 for when I know there are some big trees down...well, that and so I can post again without being teased for having a "small" one
    Griz,

    Don't worry, just rub it harder and no one will give you any sh*t when they see that monster! Just be careful putting it back, those teeth will make short work of your zipper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RooHarris View Post
    FC,
    The Silky Big Boy 2000 is all you'll need to do any trail work. The long handle gives you leverage to drive the long blade.

    Anything shorter would be a waste of money if you intend to do "Man's Work" on your trails. This is the Weapon of Choice for the down trees on the north coast with future possibilities for taking out the "DEAD" Wood in DC!

    P.S. Forget chopping! Extra, unnecessary weight to carrying unless you must justify that extra Pliny at days end.
    Fine teeth, medium, or xl teeth? Curved or straight blade? What does it all mean?
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    Xl

    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Fine teeth, medium, or xl teeth? Curved or straight blade? What does it all mean?
    Extra large teeth. The larger the teeth less chance of binding up. Cuts much quicker too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Fine teeth, medium, or xl teeth? Curved or straight blade? What does it all mean?

    Get the aluminum big boy with curve and extra large teeth. Just order your back up blade at same time. You will need it eventually. I have cleared a lot of stuff in the area while hiking.

    I went with the Ultra because is easier to conceal in a pack. But if you don't mind it sticking out the top of a riding pack then Big boy it is.

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    I've got a Big Boi and a smaller 7 or 8" one. I've only used the big one a few times. Anything up to dinner plate size the little guy handles ok. Anything smaller than that and the Big boi is too much imo; you're way too likely to taco that blade without enough of it engaged.

    Are you buying one to primarily clear blow downs? With little to no brushing maintenence type work? BigBoi

    You gunna do some brushing maintenance where you'll be making lots of cuts in a short amount of time all under 6" diameter? Then something smaller

    Of course, one of each will have you covered 👍
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    fc,
    How's about an mtbr hand saw shootout/article?!
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    I'll throw my favorite into the ring! The sven comes in a 21 inch, and a 15 inch. It's much sturdier than any other portable saw that I've found.

    https://www.rei.com/product/404013/sven-folding-saw-21

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanxj View Post
    fc,
    How's about an mtbr hand saw shootout/article?!
    That is not a bad idea. I'm pretty green on the subject. Who's experience and words on the subject? What to buy, what to look for, etc. Best options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    That is not a bad idea. I'm pretty green on the subject. Who's experience and words on the subject? What to buy, what to look for, etc. Best options.
    Will you change the Thread to: Silky Saws for NorCal? I don't want yer buddies moving my threads to the dark corners of MTBR

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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    Will you change the Thread to: Silky Saws for NorCal? I don't want yer buddies moving my threads to the dark corners of MTBR
    I know man. There was another thread about saws in general and it's gone. :9 Went to the black hole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    That is not a bad idea. I'm pretty green on the subject. Who's experience and words on the subject? What to buy, what to look for, etc. Best options.
    found it! lol
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c43B0X3siSw



    The folding saw is my go to for non motorized wood work. I might have more hours with one than you, but Im not necessarily informed on the nuances of blades, and Im pretty sure you're more accustomed to reviewing product than I am

    Things to consider:
    -ergonomics
    -speed of cutting
    -quality of build
    -Latch - Some of the saws Ive used make it all too easy to unlock the blade under use, normally when using in tight quarters and confined spaces
    -replaceable blade?
    etc etc etc
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    I use this el cheapo saw. Works fine for me.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    This is what I have and I really like how it performs as well as how it compacts into itself. I have used it on the trail as well as taking down a medium sized tree on my property.


    Quote Originally Posted by MudderNutter View Post
    I'll throw my favorite into the ring! The sven comes in a 21 inch, and a 15 inch. It's much sturdier than any other portable saw that I've found.

    https://www.rei.com/product/404013/sven-folding-saw-21

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    I don't see the Katana Boy 650 mentioned much usually the 500. Is it just overkill or just a pain to haul in?

    My thought is, if your getting a big ass saw, you might as well get the Günther version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RHEL View Post
    The have them at Japan Woodworker in Alameda, and some other brands too, ICYGAS: Japan Woodworker Search for silky saw
    The actual store closed when it sold out to some internet company. I discovered that awesome place two weeks before it closed shop. It was sad, but saved me major bucks. I did buy an insane axe first.
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    Silly boys....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    Silly boys....


    soo wierd...I mean one with nature? there are times to be naked and times to protect oneself....this has to be Germany.

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    Is this website rated "PG"?

    PLEASE NO CHILDREN UNDER 13!

    Not sure that these women have some sort of physical abnormality, but as a doctor (of sorts), I'd say those black spots look possibly like some form of melanoma?

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    That sure made my Silky BIG BOY Bigger!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RooHarris View Post
    PLEASE NO CHILDREN UNDER 13!

    Not sure that these women have some sort of physical abnormality, but as a doctor (of sorts), I'd say those black spots look possibly like some form of melanoma?

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    All over that wood ... Is it too early to bring in the dam building creatures?
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    I got the Silky PocketBoy and tried it out today. Amazing little work of art. 160 grams and looks like it's gonna be very handy.
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    Like my Silky Bigboy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    I got the Silky PocketBoy and tried it out today. Amazing little work of art. 160 grams and looks like it's gonna be very handy.
    I got the pocket boy 170 w/large teeth (red handle), it's perfect for carrying in my pack. It's not too big, and the aggressive teeth cut right thru everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MudderNutter View Post
    I'll throw my favorite into the ring! The sven comes in a 21 inch, and a 15 inch. It's much sturdier than any other portable saw that I've found.

    https://www.rei.com/product/404013/sven-folding-saw-21

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    With that saw, the frame severely limits the size of tree you can cut. The capabilities of open blade trail saws are much more robust.

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    can someone explain all the naked lady lumberjacks?

    and my trail saw is (i'm 90% sure) is make by PIA. Prison Industries Ass...it is crappy, but cuts pretty well. it was free when a maintenance worker tossed it, cuz he got poison oak over it. i'm not allergic, so i took it home and cleaned it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomchakabowwow View Post
    can someone explain all the naked lady lumberjacks?
    How did you think all the wood is made?

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    I have the medium teeth. Broke one blade. Tried Corona. It was OK but ... Bought new blade for Silky. Happy Silky.

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    Here the Silky Pocketboy in action. We cut 6 trees blocking the way.

    The saw has a 130mm blade and weighs only 160 grams

    https://youtu.be/chV6GCyjaYY

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    We took down this log with the Silky Big Boy. We cut the small side but the thing would not budge and just got hung up. We had to cut the thick side. Damn. That was a tough bugger. Doesn't help that we ha no upper body strength.

    Saw was good. Very ergonomic and rarely got hung up. Nice clean cut!

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    Nice work with the Silky FC! Last year we cleared all of Elwell with the Big Boy, cutting logs up to 24". That's a little big but we didn't have to go back with a chainsaw. I imagine I'll be back to the big saw up there this year. We always preride the bigger trails like Elwell to see what we'll need, but of course we bring a few Silky's on the preride.

    Great to see NorCal peeps packing saws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronski View Post
    Nice work with the Silky FC! Last year we cleared all of Elwell with the Big Boy, cutting logs up to 24". That's a little big but we didn't have to go back with a chainsaw. I imagine I'll be back to the big saw up there this year. We always preride the bigger trails like Elwell to see what we'll need, but of course we bring a few Silky's on the preride.

    Great to see NorCal peeps packing saws.
    Found out the tree was a tanoak. Hard and heavy!!! Diameter was about 16 inches.Silky Saws-img_4971.jpg
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    Ya, we were mostly cutting Red Firs on Elwell, which are easier to cut. Of course they can be 3 to 4 feet in diameter. You can see all the ones we've cut up high on Mills and Elwell and elsewhere in the Lakes Basin. Good stuff.

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