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#99525 - 07/10/07 03:22 PM Carrying a bucksaw or bowsaw blade "in" your belt?
Frankie Offline
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Mors Kochanski says to carry a swedish bucksaw blade in your belt. But how do you do that in concrete terms? Do you just slip it underneath the belt inside the loops, teeth up? Or is there some kind of James Bond belt that I can slip a bucksaw blade inside of it?

And where can I find cheap yet good quality 30-inch swedish bucksaw blades? Are the Stanley brand or other similar available at stores like HomeDepot adequate?

Thanks
Frankie

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#99543 - 07/10/07 06:17 PM Re: Carrying a bucksaw or bowsaw blade "in" your belt? [Re: Frankie]
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You can find 24" blades from places like Ace Hardware for well under $5. I just got one for building my own bucksaw. I got the largest one that I saw.

The thought of putting that under my belt makes me uncomfortable, though.
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#99545 - 07/10/07 06:34 PM Re: Carrying a bucksaw or bowsaw blade "in" your belt? [Re: harrkev]
Kris Offline
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I wonder if the blade would fit in this product?

http://www.prosurvivalkit.com/mube.html
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#99552 - 07/10/07 07:21 PM Re: Carrying a bucksaw or bowsaw blade "in" your belt? [Re: Frankie]
Leigh_Ratcliffe Offline
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Depending on what you carry on your belt in terms of pouches etc:

Either one of the pocket chain saws or something like a folding pruning saw. For most shelter building tasks and for chopping up firewood a saw is a much safer and calorific efficent method than either batoning or using an axe.

I personally attach as much importance to having a saw about me under such circumstances as a knife. Lifesaver.
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#99571 - 07/10/07 08:15 PM Re: Carrying a bucksaw or bowsaw blade "in" your belt? [Re: Frankie]
aardwolfe Offline
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I believe Kochanski recommended sewing the blade inside a leather belt. Many leather belts consist of two layers of leather sewn together; he recommended unstitching one side, putting the saw blade inside, and (I think) stitching it back up again.

I watched him a few years ago make a bucksaw out of spruce tree branches but he "cheated" (his words); he used another bucksaw to cut the branches to size. He says it takes too long to do it just using the blade itself, although he used to do it that way.
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#99583 - 07/10/07 10:06 PM Re: Carrying a bucksaw or bowsaw blade "in" your belt? [Re: Leigh_Ratcliffe]
Frankie Offline
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The idea is to have a saw long enough to be able to cut a "hug-size tree" and should be ideally as long as from your nose to your fingertip to be able to use the full stroke of your arm:


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#99584 - 07/10/07 10:12 PM Re: Carrying a bucksaw or bowsaw blade "in" your belt? [Re: Kris]
Frankie Offline
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The belt should be genuine leather to be used as a stropping device for your knife so this is not an option. I wonder if there is some kind of flexible plastic cover that I could put on the teeth of the saw to avoid damaging surrounding fabrics.

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#99585 - 07/10/07 10:14 PM Re: Carrying a bucksaw or bowsaw blade "in" your belt? [Re: aardwolfe]
Frankie Offline
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Thanks Aardwolfe, that makes sense... I'll consider this.

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#99628 - 07/11/07 04:20 PM Re: Carrying a bucksaw or bowsaw blade "in" your belt? [Re: Frankie]
atoz Offline
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Registered: 01/25/06
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Loc: Nevada
Most of my belts I make out of either flat or tubular 1 inche webbing. I would imagine you could put a bucksaw blade in the 1 inch tubular webbing and still have a belt to ware once the blade is removed.
cheers

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#99629 - 07/11/07 04:33 PM Re: Carrying a bucksaw or bowsaw blade "in" your b [Re: Frankie]
Arney Offline
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Loc: California
Originally Posted By: Frankie
The idea is to have a saw long enough to be able to cut a "hug-size tree"...

That's a rather large tree! I'm curious, this advice is intended for short-term survival situations? What's the purpose of cutting such a large diameter tree or log?

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