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  • Blade folds into handle for safety during transport
  • Aluminum frame is lightweight yet strong
  • Blade made from durable Swedish steel


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Best Use Camping
Max Blade Length (in.) 21 inches
Closed Length 24 inches
Blade Construction Steel
Handle Material Aluminum
Weight 1 lb. 1 oz.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tried and true most reliable field tool I have used this one same saw on over 200 campouts over the past 10 years and it has not only never failed me but continues to be my highest performing tool for harvesting firewood in the wilderness and preparing it for a campfire. The steel and treatment techniques by Sven are very durable, more than any other saw I have ever used in 40 years. It has remained sharp through allot of abuse and slices through 3-6 inch trees with ease. It takes me seconds to cut through large trees while my camping mates take many minutes and much more energy. I bring the 15" model on extended backpacking trips when I cam worried about ounces, but this 21" model is VERY lightweight in of itself. I highly recommend that you have one of these saws in your camping "toolbox".
Date published: 2013-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't get better First I use this on kayak camping trips so within the kayak space is limited. I can't imagine a better saw for both performance and packable. If I were backpacking the 15 inch would be my pick. If you know how to saw wood then this saw eats woods. Remember the saw dose the work not you attempting to force the saw it through the wood; just let it work. Only tip like some have said carry a extra wing-nut. And the only thing I'd add to this would be a small magnate with magnetized wing-nut. Even without its a 5 star product.
Date published: 2012-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great weight to usefulness ratio Anytime there's a chance to have a campfire, the 21-inch Sven saw will be in my backpack. (Unless I can get someone else to carry it for me!) I've had it along on one trip so far and truthfully I didn't get to use it much because everyone else was trying it out. It only weighs 1 pound and easily cuts downed timber too big to break (5-8 inch diameter.) It stores well - no extra pieces. Be careful not to over tighten the wing nut - it will bend the blade. It is extremely sharp and will easily tear through nylon and flesh. The simplicity of design and quality of materials for this saw indicate to me that taking minimal care of it will provide me with a useful tool for a long time to come.
Date published: 2009-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw wouldn't leave home without it This is a great product. I have used it on two back country camping trips in the Smokies and it has proven itself as a part of my every weekend set-up. I would never go camping without this piece again. It only weighs one pound and costs under [$]. This is ideal for chewing through 6-8 inch logs in no time. Take advantage of all the dead and downed trees with this saw. Every since I have had it I have had more than enough fire wood to burn. Your hands might hurt a little after the first use but it much better than trying to snap branches over your knee or break them in between trees
Date published: 2008-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best backpacking saw available I've had owned my 21" Sven Saw since 1987. It still has the original blade. I purchased a new blade four years ago, but still have not found the need to change blades. This saw is very compact, easy to assemble, rugged and cuts great. I've tried many other backpacking saws over the years including the Bahco Laplander, but I always go back to the Sven Saw. I find myself using it around my home a lot as well for limbing trees and general property maintenance. When backpacking I carry a Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe for splitting wood for the fire, but I always have my Sven Saw with me to process dead logs into campfire lengths quickly and effciently. I would highly recommend this saw to anyone who wants a reliable, well-made tool that will last a lifetime.
Date published: 2012-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded My Expectations! In short, this saw is light and efficient, a no brainier for me if it would work well. I decided to give it a chance though it looked a little too light and flimsy to me initially. I tried it out on an overnight backpacking trip and it worked so well I'm recommending it to everyone. (Also, it worked well especially considering I misplaced the nut and screw which keep it together so I used just the blade without anything else very carefully but still cut through 4" logs in less than 45 seconds and very, very minimal effort on my part.). Fire is important to have when backpacking in cold weather (been in the 20's on the last couple trips) and I'd rather conserve my energy for the trip instead of hacking away with a camp axe just cause it's cooler. I don't write reviews often but the company who made this deserves props for making a product that I am raving about. Hope you enjoy it cause it's totally worth the price and more!
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from enduring and trustworthy My father purchased this saw in 1972 (yes, 1972) at the REI store located at Capitol Hill. After more than four decades of use, time to replace it. I have no doubt the replacement will last another four decades, but that would make me 110 years old, so very unlikely I will be around when it's time to be replaced again.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gentle advice and a few mods. Any saw cuts by the back and forth action of the teeth, the only pressure down should be just enough to keep the teeth in contact with the work. It might seem that it will cut better by pushing down but that will result only in a bent blade. The danger of loss of the wing-nut can be helped by magatizing the nut. Even if you fumble it putting on or off the nut will 'stick' to it's bolt. When I need to replace the blade I will change out that compression pin with a nut and bolt. I know how to use an axe but in the woods it is so much safer to cut firewood with this fine saw.
Date published: 2010-05-07
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I see the blade is made of Sweedish steel, but where is the saw made?

Asked by: psyclust
According to the manufacturer website these are all made in Minnesota using blades imported from Sweden
Answered by: schwartzw
Date published: 2017-01-03

Do you carry replacement blades for the Seven Saw? If not, where can I get one? Thanks

Asked by: BillFish
REI does not currently (June 2015) have the replacement blades. The Sven web site lists retailers who sell the blades.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-24
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