Trail Blazer Camp Saws

Trail Blazer claims its Sawvivor can cut through a five-inch-thick log in about 15 seconds. Putting it to the test while wearing my special lumberjack hat, I was able to do just about that.

The saw, made of anodized aluminum and stainless steel, has a 14-inch blade that is adjusted taut with the twist of a wing nut. When ready, the saw’s design lets you lean down with one hand on the end and push and pull your way through solid pine or oak with little trouble.

It has a foam cushion handle and folds up into a compact 9.5-ounce package that measures 3 × 15 inches. While this is slightly heavy for the ultra-light backpacking crowd, most people will find the Sawvivor to be little burden in the pack.


The company’s Take-Down Buck Saw is the next step up in log-cutting performance. Modeled after a classic wood saw design, the aluminum saw has a tension rod that tightens the blade until it twangs like a guitar string. The big-toothed steel blade can then be put to work cutting through pieces of wood as thick as 15 inches.

For transport, the Take-Down Buck Saw collapses and its parts all fit inside the 19-inch handle. While not quite as light as the Sawvivor, it is a small package that can be easily carried in a pack.

Trail Blazer sells replacement blades for both models. Both also come with a lifetime warranty.

Contact: Trail Blazer, 1-800-565-6564, Price: Take Down Buck Saw, $33 (15-inch model); Sawvivor Saw, $35 (15-inch

Posted by Shawn Levangie - 12/17/2011 01:39 PM

This is the story of Trail Blazer Products. A company that grew from a one-man (Curtis, My Dad), one-product (Take-Down Buck Saw) operation into an international success story with distributing in over 40 countries. But it’s also the story of a father and son who worked together, against all odds, to build a company they are both proud of. A company that puts people first, and no matter how big they get, will always place a priority on listening to their customers.

Shawn “Curtis’s Son” Levangie

Posted by Andrew Donovan - 12/17/2011 01:43 PM

Just wanted to comment on your excellent product. I received the 18” buck saw as a Christmas gift and took it on a camping trip over New Years in northern Saskatchewan. Temperatures reached -32C and never got about -20C. Needless to say, the saw got a lot of use keeping the campfire going. There is one change I will make before the next winter trip: to add some kind of tape or foam grip on the handle so there is some insulation from the cold aluminum.

I also found an additional use for the saw: it was the perfect tool for cutting frozen potatoes into pieces small enough for rabbit stew.

Posted by Don Rhodes - 12/17/2011 01:48 PM

Just got your 18” take down bucksaw today. I went outside and cut off some old dead branches from a pine tree in back yard. Biggest branch was 6-8” and the saw cut it in seconds. I can’t way to try it out next spring when 3-4 of us do our trail tree clearing on a bunch our favorite dirt bike trails here in Colorado We usually have lots of dead fall that clogs most of our trails. GREAT PRODUCT!!

Posted by Ben M - 12/17/2011 01:52 PM

Your Take-Down Buck saw is a great product and has out performed many other packable saws I have tried. With the design change to keep the blade from cutting into the tubing, it will likely be the perfect saw for my use. Great products and great service are hard to come by these days so I will be sure to share my good experience with Trail Blazer Products with friends and family.

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