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arclight610
03-02-2012, 23:24
I saw a little mini-hacksaw at Countycomm, so that is what inspired my idea. How useful would it be to keep just a hacksaw blade in your bug out bag? It would weigh hardly nothing, take up no room (because its flat), and could possibly get you out of bind where you need to cut a piece of metal.

A handle could be fashioned later out of a stick and 550 cord and hacksaw blades are cheap. What do you think?

Bolster
03-02-2012, 23:27
Odd you mention this, I have been thinking the same.

I was actually thinking just a wrap of duct tape around the bottom third of the blade would make it marginally useable, although using hack blades that are not supported on both ends is slow and the blade eventually bends. There is of course the mini hacksaw frame (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?num=20&hl=en&safe=off&rls=ig&q=mini+hacksaw&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=14457285889730294142&sa=X&ei=R6xRT6nhKKmnsAKS9-TvBQ&ved=0CGkQ8wIwAw#ps-sellers), which supports on one end and the middle (better than one end only), made of plastic, light but somewhat bulky.

If only there were some ultralight saw frame available, that would take hack blades. A second blade of the same dimensions to cut wood would also be helpful. (I have been looking for wood blades that would fit a 10 or 12" hack saw frame for a long time. If anyone has a source, please let me know! I found these (http://www.dinodirect.com/hack-saw-blades-cutting-wood.html) but am skeptical, the tooth count's too high...possibly these (http://www.ktool.net/servlet/the-444/SEATEK--B-dsh-304-WOOD/Detail)? Also a low tooth count traditional hack blade like this (http://il.rsdelivers.com/product/starrett/ax0051/bi-metal-hacksaw-blade-12x1x05in-10tpi/1855025.aspx) might work OK for wood.)

I own the Bosch Pocket Saw (http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/boschpocketsaw.aspx), which takes both jigsaw and sawzall blades, and it's light and compact with storage in the handle. But there's just no way it can compete with a bow-type saw that's held rigidly on both ends.

One other consideration, these "omnidirectional (http://durafix.com/blades/hacksaw/index.html)" hack blades ... they can cut metal or wood (slowly)...

arclight610
03-02-2012, 23:30
Odd you mention this, I have been thinking the same.

I was actually thinking just a wrap of duct tape around the bottom third of the blade would make it useable.

You could always do that later as needed, or 550 cord, or a rag.

I was just thinking, nothing can really replace a hacksaw blade for what it is, yet its so flat and portable why not have one?

LASTRESORT20
03-02-2012, 23:30
I think it is a good idea....Have a few myself...

~ "How useful would it be to keep just a hacksaw blade in your bug out bag?"

Very useful!

GAU-8
03-03-2012, 04:30
Very useful and important to have a hacksaw.

I would keep a couple blades and one of the mini saws available at Wallmart or Home Depot or wherever.

Many tools can serve as stand ins for others in a pinch but NOTHING replaces a hacksaw. When you need one you either have it or you don't.

I would not worry about blades for materials other than metal. Those blades will still cut anything including wood, plastic, rubber or whatever.

For bug in, have multiple saws and blades.

John43
03-03-2012, 06:00
They make one that has a little plastic handle on it for hand use.

Bren
03-03-2012, 06:05
It would be helpful to have a whole set of tools and to know how to use them for things like fixing a car.

That's why, when the time to "bug out" comes, plain old hillbillies and farmers will be far, far ahead of tactical geared-up suburban survivalist ninjas.

TangoFoxtrot
03-03-2012, 07:12
Excellent idea arclight610.

Big Bird
03-03-2012, 07:21
Here's a better idea. Forget making a handle. Take your hacksaw blade, wrap your "handle" end with several feet of duct tape. Now you have a useful saw and several feet of very versatile duct tape you can use if you need it. Two useful items are better than one in a survival kit.

HAMMERHEAD
03-03-2012, 10:42
Thanks for the link to the Bosch saw handle. I've been looking for something like that.

arclight610
03-03-2012, 14:14
Odd you mention this, I have been thinking the same.

I was actually thinking just a wrap of duct tape around the bottom third of the blade would make it marginally useable, although using hack blades that are not supported on both ends is slow and the blade eventually bends. There is of course the mini hacksaw frame (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?num=20&hl=en&safe=off&rls=ig&q=mini+hacksaw&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=14457285889730294142&sa=X&ei=R6xRT6nhKKmnsAKS9-TvBQ&ved=0CGkQ8wIwAw#ps-sellers), which supports on one end and the middle (better than one end only), made of plastic, light but somewhat bulky.

If only there were some ultralight saw frame available, that would take hack blades. A second blade of the same dimensions to cut wood would also be helpful. (I have been looking for wood blades that would fit a 10 or 12" hack saw frame for a long time. If anyone has a source, please let me know! I found these (http://www.dinodirect.com/hack-saw-blades-cutting-wood.html) but am skeptical, the tooth count's too high...possibly these (http://www.ktool.net/servlet/the-444/SEATEK--B-dsh-304-WOOD/Detail)? Also a low tooth count traditional hack blade like this (http://il.rsdelivers.com/product/starrett/ax0051/bi-metal-hacksaw-blade-12x1x05in-10tpi/1855025.aspx) might work OK for wood.)

I own the Bosch Pocket Saw (http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/boschpocketsaw.aspx), which takes both jigsaw and sawzall blades, and it's light and compact with storage in the handle. But there's just no way it can compete with a bow-type saw that's held rigidly on both ends.

One other consideration, these "omnidirectional (http://durafix.com/blades/hacksaw/index.html)" hack blades ... they can cut metal or wood (slowly)...

There also rigid hacksaw blades available. They make cutting straight lines alot easier, as they don't flex. However, they are more brittle and easier to break.

Jake514
03-04-2012, 10:54
1/2 of a hacksaw blade with a light chain attached to your magnesium block will work wonders as a fire starter.