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Posted: 11/5/2009 1:13:48 PM EST
Are they actually useful? The only ones I have ever handled broke while I examined/tested them, so I gave up on them.
Is there a brand that can actually stand up to real world use (i.e. last long enough to build a lean-to or a few dead falls)?
I've never met or talked to anyone that had to use one out of necessity, just practice or convenience.

Link Posted: 11/5/2009 1:23:31 PM EST
i use them in plumbing from time to time but all have been broken after a few uses
the only one that i have bought was at Home Depot
it is nice in tight spots but too much trouble if you don't have to
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 1:57:03 PM EST
What about a sabercut saw?

Link Posted: 11/5/2009 3:15:58 PM EST
Look for "pocket chain saw" not "wire saw" and there are a few models of what is basically a chain saw chain used like a wire saw.

Not as light, but probably much more effective and less prone to breaking.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 3:23:16 PM EST
Those wire saws work well for hanging a metal pot over a fire, that's about it.
Go with the ones that resemble a small chainsaw blade.

Also, if possible, above that, consider a fixed blade folding saw.

Link Posted: 11/5/2009 3:27:08 PM EST
Very nice. I'm leaning towards this one: http://www.pocketchainsaw.com/
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