Eleven and a half hours. Many miles hiked. 90 degree heat. Hundreds of bloody scratches. Ticks digging into my skin. Mosquitos swarming my face. If this sounds like a veritable hell on Earth to you, I’d have to agree. It’s a rough situation and it’s what I experienced this past Saturday while doing my time on a new piece of ground in Ohio, getting ready for hunting season in September. But as nasty as it all sounds, there were a few bright spots. One being that I love prepping for whitetails and second was the fact that I got to try out a really impressive new piece of equipment, that made my life a lot easier. That piece of equipment was the Wicked Tough Hand Saw by Wicked Tree Gear. I mentioned it earlier this week in my recap of our summer preparation down in OH, but I wanted to give you guys a little more detail in regards to what this saw has to offer, how it differs from other products on the market, and my thoughts on how it performed in the field. If you’re not feeling like reading too much today, or you just don’t give a rip about my opinion, feel free to skip down to the video below!
The Wicked Tough Hand Saw
The Wicked Tough Hand Saw, I’ll call it the WTHS for short, is simple and I think that’s the real beauty of it. Todd Pringnitz, the designer of the WTHS and creator of White Knuckle Productions, took a common product used by hunters but made by non-hunters, and transformed it to fit our specific needs. At first glance, the saw is pretty neat. It weighs a cool 1/2 lb and feels solid but comfortable in the hand, it’s 14″ long when opened and just over 8″ when closed. The Wicked Saw has a cast aluminum handle, a hardened high carbon steel blade, a steel lock-pin to keep the blade in place, and a very comfortable molded rubber grip. What do all these features lead to? A simple, sturdy, sharp, light and comfortable saw that does it’s job.
How It Compares To The Competition
So all that being said, how does the Wicked Tree Gear saw compare to other saws out there? In my opinion, incredibly well. I’ve personally used hand and pole saws from Hunter’s Specialties, Hooyman, Gerber and various other non-hunting related brands. A few things about the WTGS stand out to me as being significantly different than others I’ve tried. Number one is just the sturdiness factor. The Wicked Saw is just plain sturdy. Other saws I’ve used seem to have loose parts and have been liable to fall apart or break on impact many times. With the WTHS it just seems to be a rock. With the cast aluminum handle, carbon blade and steel lock-pin, there are no loose parts and everything fits together like a glove. A kevlar, bullet proof, bada** glove that is. You can knock it against everything, smack anything with it, and saw through all matter of items and theres no jiggling, cracking or breaking.
Secondly this is without a doubt the most comfortable handsaw I’ve used. With the rubber molded grip, the saw fits perfectly in your hand. Another feature I love is the fact that the saw does not extend straight out from the handle, rather it comes out at a downward angle. This helps you naturally push down into the wood, helping you cut faster and more comfortably.
Last, although there are plenty more things I could mention, it’s important to consider the quality of the saw blade itself. As far as I understand, the blade is created from some of the highest carbon content steel available and has been properly heat treated to achieve maximum strength and sharpness. This results in an incredibly long lasting sharp edge and a blade that is nearly unbreakable. I myself have snapped a few saw blades in my day, but I don’t ever forsee that happening with a WTHS.
How It Performed In Ohio
I know this is all well and good, sure the specs and details sound great, but how does this thing really perform? Pretty dang well I must say. During our 11+ hour day in Ohio, a good 3-4 hours were spent just on trimming out treestands and shooting lanes. We’re hunting some pretty thick areas, so there was a LOT of work to be done. The tools we had at hand were a 14′ basic pole saw/pruner, a 10′ extendable Hooyman saw, and the Wicked Tough Hand Saw. The two pole saws certainly had their place when it came to hard to reach branches, but whenever possible the WTHS was the saw of choice. It was perfect for cutting down forearm size trees on the ground to clear lanes, as well as cleaning out branches up around the treestand itself. It was by far the most comfortable saw to use, the fastest cutting and the least flimsy. A favorite application of the saw for me was using it as almost a machete to bust down small branches. It takes them off like they’re nothing! I literally cut down hundreds of branches and quite a few whole trees with the Wicked Saw and it performed just as well on branch # 100 as it did on #1. In a nutshell, the Wicked Tough Hand Saw blew my expectations out of the water.
I always thought a saw, was a saw, was a saw. But the Wicked Tough Hand Saw by Wicked Tree Gear has now flipped this old adage on it’s head. I’ll definitely be keeping one of these handsaws with me at all times throughout the summer prep months and into the hunting season and I can confidently recommend this tool to any member of the Wired To Hunt Nation. This looks to be a key tool in my kit for many years to come.
For more information visit the Wicked Tree Gear website and watch the video below! The saws should be available for purchase later this summer, and we’ll let you know as soon as they are!