After this thread on saws I decided I need to do some more saw testing for myself. Like many (I assume) most of my sawing tasks are met handily by a small sliding gerber saw (and I'll probably eventually get a Bahco Laplander to compare against it) but for occasional larger wood cutting tasks I have a cheap fiskars bow saw (21"? maybe 24").
After hearing Scott talk passionately about pull saws I figure I'd better give them a fair shake this winter, but since I'm choosing not to afford a larger Silky just yet (even for science) I'm looking at budget options just to see what I think of the form factor. So to pull saw users, are any of these options good enough to give me a fair comparison?
Vaughan Bear Saw
Shark Chop Saw
Irwin Pull Saw
Corona Pull Saw
The Vaughan and the Corona are available locally, the Corona isn't terribly impressive quality wise. This review thought highly of the Shark and the Irwin, but of course isn't written with the outdoors in mind. None of these pull saws have the cutting surface of my bow saw, but it is certainly possible they could still outperform it. I'm looking for a non-folding lightweight saw that is a significant step up in performance from typical pocket saws like the Gerber/Bahco/smaller Silky's. 80% of its job would be bucking larger wood for stove use, with very occasional use for yard work, trail maintenance or inane bushcrafty shenanigans.
In addition, I was having trouble finding the "quality swedish blade" for my bow saw that Evan mentions, Bahco is a swedish company but as near as I can tell their blades are not. Anyone have a good source? I figure I'd better put one in my bow saw if I want to do a fair comparison.