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Gerber Bear Grylls Sliding Saw

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  • 6 in. steel blade has crosscut teeth that cut on both the forward and backward stroke
  • Blade locks open and retracts into the handle when not in use
  • Rubberized handle ensures you won't lose your grip of the Bear Grylls sliding saw


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Gerber Bear Grylls Sliding Saw Specs
Best use
6.5 inches
8.5 inches
Rubber-coated Zytel plastic
5 ounces
Max blade length (in.)
Closed length
Blade material
Handle material

Gerber Bear Grylls Sliding Saw

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Rated 2.125/5 based on 8 reviews
Rated 1out of5
by fromThis thing is almost useless!! I was so frustrated using this. The blade will get stuck in even the smallest of branches or logs. I bends when any pressure is applied. I kept having to cut from one side, and then the other and bust the branch with my foot. Bear Grylls should be ashamed of this product. This one is going back to REI.
Date published: 2013-08-02
Rated 1out of5
by fromSpend your money elsewhere...... First off let me say I was not planning to buy this product, I wanted to buy the Seven 15" folding triangle saw, but unfortunately they did not have this in stock at the REI store. I was going camping the next day and really wanted a saw to make my life easier, since on a trip before I had used my buddy's Seven saw and it was awesome..never had so much great perfectly cut fire wood and no one complained when it was their turn to cut. That being said I bought the bear grylls saw (because it was that or the gerber ax/saw combo) and I was skeptical from the beginning but said whatever lets give it a try. At camp I found this great downed tree with a nice 3.5 in diameter limb that I would never be able to break by hand and started cutting...did a pretty decent job on the first cut...second cut not as great..third even worse. After I hauled my nice logs back to camp I began cutting them into smaller manageable sections..which proved very difficult. As the saw would get going it was cutting relatively smoothly but then would start to bend and become very difficult to cut. I kept finding myself having to try and bend the blade back to its original straight alignment but would continue to bend into a Z shape. I finally got through the first cut at camp and during the second cut the blade snapped in half!! Well that didnt really work as planned (but I was very skeptical at first). It appears that this is not made of very high quality steel and is very flimsy. Save your money and buy the Seven 15" folding saw, it is much more stable and very reliable and packs down pretty small as well. Hope this helps!
Date published: 2013-06-03
Rated 1out of5
by fromNot worth the money! First, let me say that I did not purchase this at REI. I actually picked it up at [@] the night before a backpacking trip just to try it out. It was practically unusable except for small sticks. I was barely able to cut anything more than 2 inches in diameter, and certainly nothing more than three inches. The blade is VERY flimsy. Also, the saw has a tendency to slip out of the notch you are cutting and seems like it could be quite dangerous. After only a few turns with the saw, the blade was bending and this made it even more difficult to saw. Since I was having to use extra force, the blade tended to slip more. I almost cut myself more than a few times. Not something you want to do several miles from your car. I really can't believe that Gerber or Bear would put their name on this thing.
Date published: 2012-04-19
Rated 1out of5
by fromTerrible The blade on this saw is very flimsy making it difficult to cut larger branches. The first few uses it was working well on smaller branches, after that it started becoming dull already. Within about 10 minutes of sawing branches I just went to laying them down and breaking them. I do NOT recommend this product.
Date published: 2012-05-16
Rated 4out of5
by fromTrustworthy trail tool When backpacking and making campfires on the trail, I need wood fuel for the fire that is larger than what I can break by hand. Axes are very inefficient and heavy to carry, while folding saws are generally lightweight and very efficient. I have purchased and used many other brands of folding (or retracting) saws and this is one of the best. I really like the size and shape of the handle. It gives you a very sturdy feeling on the hand. I found the blade to be a bit thicker and therefore more sturdy than most folding/retracting saws. The standard Gerber issue seemed to keep it sharpness longer than this Bear Grills issue, but still a trusted trail partner to help me collect LOTS of firewood VERY quickly and reliably.
Date published: 2012-08-11
Rated 4out of5
by fromBG! Yeah so I've gotta say this saw works pretty well, and this fits perfectly into the shovel handle sleeve on my Dakine Heli Pack 11L. Sure it's more for lighter duty tasks but works well. Use with care and it'll take you a long way. Love the color scheme too.
Date published: 2013-06-20
Rated 1out of5
by frombroke on first day The blade on this saw is very delicate,and doesn't cut well.
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated 4out of5
by fromGreat lightweight saw I wanted to review this because I saw that it was getting some unfair reviews. This is a great lightweight saw suitable for branches up to 3" in diameter. For 5oz you can't ask for a better saw. If you don't use this saw properly, the blade will start to bend and make sawing quite difficult. I have found that if you saw until it gets hard to saw, then move the saw around the limb to an uncut portion. You can cut around the whole limb to where theres only a small portion in the middle that isn't cut. You can just break this off. For what this saw costs and weighs, you can't expect it to cut like a chainsaw. If used properly, this can be a helpful tool for brining firewood back to camp efficiently.
Date published: 2012-10-17

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