In the outdoor community, the Bahco Laplander is the go-to brand for folding saws. For those into bushcraft, you probably own about ten of these and have them scattered all over your home and car ready to be used at a moment’s notice.
The Laplander is pretty inexpensive, not made in China, and is very highly reviewed.
Here’s what I like about it – the size and weight are conducive to minimalists who want to maximize their cutting potential without having to carry a lot of weight.
Despite looking like durable metal, the handle is mostly plastic. I thought I was going to break portions of it when it came into contact with hardwood logs during the cutting process, but no damage occurred whatsoever.
The Bahco Laplander is a saw that cuts both on the push and pull motion of your arm. This makes it more efficient than a saw that purely cuts on the pull stroke. Despite it’s efficiency, though, the saw is limited to cutting smaller diameter wood that would typically be used for shelter building. You could also use the saw to cut smaller pieces of firewood but anything over 3 1/2 to 4” in diameter is going to be pretty tough and take additional time.
At one point during our testing, the blade acquired a bend at the tip when it inadvertently came into contact with another log while cutting.
The same thing happened with a Silky brand saw we own but the Silky didn’t suffer the same type of bend. Nevertheless, the tip of the Bahco was easily straightened with the use of a Trusty-Cook soft face dead blow hammer.
Although we like Silky saws around our homestead, we greatly admire the Bahco and carry one in our kit. The best part about the Bahco is the price. For the price of one Laplander, you can sometimes buy two or more Silky saws.
For those into safety like us, the Bahco has a locking function in both the open and closed position. This makes it safer when children are around. One criticism of some of the Silky folding saws is that their locking control is on top of the handle where it could become accidentally disengaged while sawing. The same is not true for the Bahco Laplander because the locking function is on the side where it is more difficult to activate it unless you consciously do so.
Also, unlike some other models of folding saws, the blade of the Laplander isn’t exposed in the closed position. This can be a real benefit if you put it your backpack with a bunch of clothes because it means you won’t have tears in your apparel.
For those interested in a good value, Bahco offers a saw/knife combination for a very reasonable price. This model comes with what appears to be a rebranded Morakniv Companion that is extremely sharp and well made.
Overall, the Bahco Laplander is a well-built saw that is hugely popular all over the world. It cuts well and has a variety of uses both for homesteading as well as emergency situations.
Saw blade can bend a little easier.
Not as efficient as some Silky models.