I HATED Survival Wire Saws — Until NOW! Wire Saw HACK 101

editScreen Shot 2016-03-30 at 2.01.24 PMI HATED survival wire saws until I discovered this simple “hack” that transforms this impertinent piece of twisted wire into a rather useful bow saw.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had much success using a survival wire saw the traditional way… by pulling it back and forth with my hands to cut a branch or tree.  Back and forth, back and forth, back and…..yeah.

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It has always seemed inefficient to me.  And, in a survival situation, you need to be efficient and conserve as many calories as you can.

So, not long ago I was giving my wire saw one last chance….and came up with a simple way to easily turn it into a bow saw that cuts like a BOSS!

For this hack you only need TWO things:

A quality wire saw like this one from Best Glide…

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 2.01.49 PM…and, a tree branch!

Your tree branch will need to be a few inches longer than your wire saw with Ys on both sides… and smaller in diameter than your wire saw O-rings.

It will also be helpful if your tree branch is curved a bit… AND is able to be bent slightly without breaking.

If you have a utility or survival knife on you, go ahead and trim up your branch… if not, that’s fine.

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 2.03.32 PMNow slide one O-ring over the fat end of the branch until it rests against the base of the bottom Y.

Now, carefully bend the branch while you hook the remaining O-ring to the Y on the other side.

Your wire saw should now have a good deal of tension. If not, you may want to start over.

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 2.05.19 PMThere you have it!  A super simple way to transform your survival wire saw into an energy, finger – and potentially, life – saving bow saw.

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2 Responses to “I HATED Survival Wire Saws — Until NOW! Wire Saw HACK 101”

  • arizona j coleman

    nice thinking! i have to say though, i’ll stick with my 24 inch chainmate pocket saw. i can cut through small branches as fast as chopping through them with my rtak2.

  • I have a UST Sabrecut Pocket chainsaw that I’ve used on numerous occasions, but it can be a ‘bear’ sometimes when it ‘binds’ in a log/branch. This is a wonderful idea… but would it work w/ a pocket chainsaw? Can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks…

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