Zippo is best known for its lighters, but they also make this versatile tool that combines two critical campsite features in one. Its stainless steel axe head can chop firewood, while its 15″ blade saws through branches and sticks up to 4″ in diameter. Its axe is sharp enough to shave tinder, while its back end doubles as a hammer.
Gerber’s versatile tool combines two useful functions in one. It looks like a regular axe, but its grippy handle conceals a saw which is held in place magnetically when not in use. It’s a great way to save space when packing for camping trips. Plus, its steel axe head and elongated, glass-filled nylon handle provide great striking force.
This compact saw measures just 6.3″ long when folded, making it a great addition to any outdoor gear kit. Its flat, pull-saw blade is great for cutting through branches and firewood and for making quick cuts through lumber or PVC pipe. Its double-sided serrated blade is made from high-quality SK5 steel for long life.
This unique handsaw from Toughbuilt features a flexible, dual-edge blade that stores between its handles when not in use, protecting its teeth from damage and its user from accidental cuts. Its folding handles work sort of like an oversize butterfly knife, pivoting from a locked position over the blades into a sturdy grip.
At the end of the day, most power tools require one consistent element – a motor. In this video from KJDOT, they show how they redirected a drill’s rotational energy 90-degrees to create a compact circular saw. We imagine there’s some drivetrain loss here, but it still seems to get the job done.
Made in Idaho by TOPS, this rough-serrated saw helps hunters process game, but can also be used as an emergency wood saw. Its full-tang blade is made from 154CM stainless steel with a sharp gut hook built into its tip. Black-orange-tan G-10 handle scales give it a topographical look. Comes with a matching Kydex sheath.
This pocketable hand tool uses human power to slice quickly through tree limbs, cutting through a 3-inch branch in as little as 15 seconds. Its flexibility means you can get it into places that a conventional chainsaw won’t reach, requires no fuel, emits no harmful exhaust, and packs up small. Save 33% in The Awesomer Shop.
Metalsmith Hassan Abu-Izmero came up with the idea to build a modular outdoor tool that works as a pickaxe, a saw, and a shovel in one. While there are off-the-shelf tools with similar versatility, we appreciate the work that went into Hassan’s custom-built multitool.
This stainless steel bow saw can easily cut through branches and timber for making shelters or campfires. When not in use, its structural tubes serve as storage for its blade and other parts, minimizing its size in your pack, and protecting other items from its sharp blade teeth. Comes in black, gold, or silver finishes.
It’s possible to make saw blades out of materials other than metal. GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines not only built a saw blade out of LEGO Technic parts, but an entire working table saw. It uses 14 motors to cut through objects and is definitely not something you’d want to stick your finger into. Here it is using a skinnier blade.
The Q typically spends his time building things that aren’t particularly useful. But this time out, he came up with a design for a saw that can cut through tree limbs twice as fast as usual. The saw uses a pair of blades and a spring to clamp down against the wood to double cutting speed.
Musician Grégoire Blanc busted out his musical saw and bow to perform a cover version of the song Hawaiian Theremin from the SpongeBob SquarePants episode Love That Squid. It sounds just right played on the saw, but it’s ironic that Grégoire actually knows how to play the theremin.
Reekon’s gadget makes measuring wood and other stock goods more accurate and more convenient than ever. It attaches to most saw fences and displays the exact cut length as you slide stock through its roller arm, positioning them without the need for marking. It works in metric and imperial units with an accuracy of +/- 0.02 in.
Do you like your birthday cake with lots of layers? Then you need a proper tool to cut through all that cake and icing. Fred’s handsaw-shaped cake cutter should do the trick quite nicely while adding a fun new item to your kitchen toolbox. Its gently-serrated edge also makes quick work of heads of lettuce.
There’s a good reason that most saw blades are made from steel. Regardless, the Kurahito Craft channel wanted to see if they could make a circular saw blade out of wood and use it to cut things. It makes quick work of paper and thin sheets of plastic, but can it cut its own kind? Let the wood-on-wood battle begin!
This versatile power saw has a pivoting head, which allows it to convert from a jigsaw into a reciprocating saw in seconds. It’s has a built-in dust blower to keep your cut line clean, and it uses a 20V battery pack for cordless operation. Also available without a battery pack if you have other Worx Power Share tools.
We’ve seen how circular saw blades can be used to provide traction on ice – at least until they cut all the way through. The Q modified one of those wheeled “hoverboards” to ride on saw blades. He added metal plates to each of the blades’ teeth so it doesn’t dig in as much, but we still wouldn’t want to fall onto them.
These gigantic circular saws riding on rails and kicking up dust look like something out of a dystopian science fiction movie. In fact, these massive cutting tools are used today to cut blocks of stone in a quarry in China. Here’s a closer look at one of the saws in action.
When you buy saw blades from the hardware store, you can expect them to be made from steel. But maker Ivan Miranda wanted to see if it would be possible to make his own saw blades from other materials. He tested out a few designs using 3D-printed plastic and laser-cut aluminum with some very mixed results.
This smartly designed all-metal bow saw is perfect for clearing thick branches or cutting firewood while camping. It folds up to fit in your pack, with its blade safely tucked away inside when not in use. Available in 15″ and 21″ sizes. The smaller model weighs just over 11 oz. while the larger one weighs less than 14 oz.
Weighing less than 15 pounds, Rockwell’s tabletop power saw is light enough to carry between workspaces. It makes quick work of wood, tile, plastics, and metal, and makes curves, cross, rip, and miter cuts. We recommend ponying up the extra few bucks and grabbing the version with the 10-blade set.
Donn DIY and his family used to cut, split, and stack all of their firewood by hand. As necessity is the mother of invention, he built a series of rigs which help automate much of the process, making it faster and more efficient, with much less back-breaking work. You check out all of the detailed build videos here.
The versatile Dremel Ultra Saw is one of our go-to power tools. Now it comes in a cordless version, so you can use it anywhere. It runs on a rechargeable 20V battery pack and can make quick and easy cuts through wood, metal, PVC, masonry, tile, and more. It can even do plunge cuts in the middle of materials.