Today Luke is reviewing the Bahco Laplander Folding Saw;
it’s legendary, it has been around for a long time and is a staple tool for many outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen.
It’s a light weight, folding hand saw that’s perfect for chores around the house or for processing firewood while out on a camping trip.
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Bahco Laplander Saw – Review
Even with the popularity of this saw, I get asked all the time about what it is and my thoughts concerning it.
Link : https://www.amazon.com/Bahco-396-LAP-Laplander-Folding-9-Inch/dp/B0001IX7OW
Price : $34 is Price on Amazon at the time of filming.
Weight : 6.8oz
Color : Army Green with black blade to prevent rusting
Measurements : 7” blade. 9” handle. Roughly 15.5” long 3 1/4 “ diameter grips
This is an infamous tool and it is revered because of the excellent performance as well as excellent price.
9 inch carbon steel blade with 7 TPI (teeth per inch).
Additional blades can be purchased if need be but they are expensive – $25
A general purpose folding saw for cutting both green and dry wood, plastic, bone etc. Specially designed for wild-life enthusiasts, hunting and campers. XT toothing, 7TPI. Blade specially coated for rust protection and low friction. Two-component plastic handle for perfect grip, with leather strap. Safety lock, locked also when folded.
The Bahco 9-inch Laplander folding saw has seven teeth per inch and is a general-purpose folding saw for cutting both green and dry wood, plastic, or bone. This saw is specially designed for wildlife enthusiasts, hunters, and campers. The blade is specially coated for rust protection and low friction. The handle is a two-component plastic handle for perfect grip, complete with a leather strap. This saw features a safety lock, which also locks when folded.
I purchased this saw back in 2013 and that means that this is a long term review. Almost 10 years of use and I’ll tell you this, this is a fantastic tool!
Even after all of these years, it continues to be an excellent tool. Highly efficient, very sharp, very strong, great quality.
Rubbery Handle offers excellent grip. The Bahco Laplander’s handle is made of a hard plastic with a rubber over-mold. It’s very grippy, and the palm swell towards the butt of the saw makes it very comfortable to grip.
Leather lanyard allows for easy hanging of the tool in your camp.
Blade locks into place – both open and closed
Blade tension can be adjusted – a friend of mine runs his so loose that he can flick it open while pushing in the lock.
Teeth are extremely sharp and have stayed sharp after almost 10 years of use. Cuts on the push and pull
Very versatile tool, I’ve used it around the house, I’ve used it for bushcraft trips, I use it for backpacking and camping adventures.
Cuts through everything that I have ever wanted to cut through including black locust. Dry wood, green, etc.
Weight is a huge plus for this tool; namely because it is so light weight. It’s what I call perfect. Light enough to throw into your pocket or pack and yet heavy enough to feel solid. To put weight into perspective, I have simple multitools which weigh much more than this.
Replaceable blades is a pro but they are expensive and it looks to take a substantial amount of time to receive them if ordered. From what I have seen online, it looks like they come from outside of the country.
With the 7” blade, it is an ideal tool for 4 inch logs and saplings. You can process larger but you’re really pushing the limits of the blade size. For anything larger, that’s when I would move to a bow saw.
Durability; durability of the teeth isn’t an issue at all and I haven’t babied it. Handle has held up extremely well.
Laplander’s handles are grippy – rubberized and stays in the hand.
Leather lanyard is appreciated and it too has held up well.
To be honest, I don’t have any cons to mention with the tool itself. It is simply a top notch product that I can’t recommend enough. The price is good, the value is great, the size is great, its sharp, tough, comfortable to use,
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