Today, in March, 2007, I consider my web-site, and DVD, to be finished.  Seems I had left out a file on one of my earliest "survival" items, which follows.

Paul' s Pocket Saws Page

Wire Saw, also called a Bone Saw

It was sometime in the late 70's that a friend told me about a “bone saw.” It was described as a flexible saw, with two key rings on each end, that they used to cut through bone, in surgery. It gives a clean cut, and can be used for a survival pack.

What I wound up with, follows.  I have a small-format emergency-use saw kit, combining both saws shown below.



 Apparently, on the web, there are sources of quality wire saws, and the one the Boy Scout Store sells, from Varco, at about seven dollars, works well, even when used around a branch. (Keep in mind, I have only had one wire saw work for me, at all.)

There are a number of two-dollar wire saws on the market that will not last five minutes. Avoid those.

Cutting Technique

Technique was better, with the wire saw held as straight as possible. It also looks like taking your time is to your advantage, and that of the saw. (In my own defense, I have been a carpenter for a couple of decades, or so, and have sawed through some things.)

Pocket Chain Saw

Tooth Detail

Comes with two handles.


One day, looking for something else, in the camping section, I found two pocket chain saws.

Retailing at sixteen dollars, in WalMart, they were marked down to half price. Being me, I bought both of them.

"At first sight," as it were, I saw the advantage over the wire saw.  More flexible, with actual "teeth," it turns out to be a better saw, over-all than the wire saw.





At first, I put both the Pocket Chain Saw and Varco's Survival Saw in the same round tin.   The clips from the pocket chain saw would just fit in the round tin the Pocket Chainsaw came in.   I figured I could cut two small branches in the field and the wooden branches would fit through the clips. The clips will work for the Pocket Chain Saw, or the Wire Saw.  The two rings from the wire saw, I put on the rope handles, for future use.




This was my first drawing of what I was thinking:

For a while I kept the two plastic handles with the string, and the key rings, separately.  Recently, I just took off the plastic handles, and extended the string length, and made two rope-handles.  The newer Nylon twine is larger in diameter than the old.  Object is to take up as little space as possible.


You can still cut wooden handles, if you wish.  You may need to Open to full screen.


  directions, opened-up tin picture.  Opens a little slow on the net.


Why you may need a pocket saw.


I once heard of a man who took eight hours to cut down an eight-inch tree, with a hunting knife.

 Seems no-one had any larger cutting tool than that, and he and his fellow hikers needed to fell it in order to cross a divide.

If he had had the pocket chainsaw, and almost any knife, he could have been finished within one hour or less.  Note the size compared to a Swiss Army Knife, at left.

He could have cut two handles, slipped them within the clips, and cut away. 

He could have slipped two ropes through the clips, as I do, and improvised a handle, and worked easily.


Baton and Knife trick.

As well, he could have cut a branch, or broken one, and used it to strike the back of the hunting knife, in order to cut more quickly.  That method is called "using a baton and knife."

You turn the knife at an angle, similar to how you use an axe, and cut a chunk out.



Years ago, attempting to find some texts by Doug Ritter, no longer available, mentioned in the George Riggs Survival Notes Manual, I came upon this review.  

Equipped To Survive

Publisher and Editor: Doug Ritter