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PostPosted: August 5th, 2019, 6:50 pm 
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Need a new saw as my wooden folding saw needs replacing.Decided to try a Silky.Does anyone recommendone over the other?


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PostPosted: August 6th, 2019, 7:24 am 
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Lots of discussion regarding saws over on wintertrekking.com

I've personally gone to the Irwin Marathon, for canoe tripping I use the 21" which 'cause it's just a hand saw lies flat and packs without issue for me and the 24" for winter camping since space isn't as much an issue.

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PostPosted: August 6th, 2019, 10:45 am 
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I have the gomboy and like it. I believe the bigboy is, well, bigger. The gomboy is nice because I can carry it in a pants pocket while portaging so I can cut obstructions without bothering to take off my pack.

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PostPosted: August 6th, 2019, 4:12 pm 
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Silky Gomboy is nice, compact, efficient and the replacement blades are readily available and easy to change.


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PostPosted: August 7th, 2019, 5:55 am 
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Can't speak for the Gomboy but I have the bigboy. If I ever need a new saw I will get a bigboy again. I've owned a few saws over the years and having a bigger saw has come in handy more than once. However, there's times when it's over kill, so can't win for losing lol. The only draw back is; when it's closed there's nothing to hold it closed (doesn't come with a case, or didn't when i got mine) and there are some exposed teeth that could possibly get caught on a pack. Gomboy folds flat and has a case (I think). First thing i did was sew up a leather sleeve for it to slide into and problem solved; however, no one should have to do that.

Not trying to muddy the waters but I've seen the Mossy Oak Camping Saw and it looks pretty sweet.


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PostPosted: August 14th, 2019, 7:56 pm 
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For portage maintenance I'd say 300mm Gomboy is optimal. It cuts through anything except for trees bigger than 10", which is as big a tree as I'd dare to handle with a folding saw.


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PostPosted: August 14th, 2019, 10:19 pm 
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I just used the Silky F180 (even smaller) on a 9-day trip and really liked it. In general, my preference/recommendation is to go small so that it comes easily in and out of your pocket on ports, as Alan noted.

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PostPosted: April 14th, 2020, 10:51 am 
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I really enjoy my Gomboy. A friend of mine has the bigboy and they find it is much more prone to warping or breaking the blade than the Gomboy due to the extra length. Having the case with the Gomboy is an extra bonus. There are times where a bit more length would be great but the Gomboy 240 handles most camp related tasks great. Like mentioned above the 300mm Gomboy is a great option too.


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PostPosted: April 17th, 2020, 9:47 am 
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I have the Pocketboy and the Sugoi, Pocketboy is used a lot more often.

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PostPosted: April 17th, 2020, 12:19 pm 
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Both are nice cutting saws and the difference being mainly the size, as mentioned the bigboy has lots of flex and can break easily. The model Jon has mentioned is a little smaller at about 8" overall length and has the nicest price tag. Unless you're planning on cutting big trees, I would stick with the smaller options.

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