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Wire "commando" saws not entirely useless?

I've always heard the little wire "commando" saws were complete and utter crap - they'd break in moments of use and weren't worth the trouble. So I've never messed with them, despite an interest/mild obsession with small survival/contingency kits. This video - an old one from IAWoodsman that I just stumbled on - shows the proper use of one. He makes a perfectly useable bow saw without too much trouble.

Note that a saw like this wouldn't really be particularly needed for processing firewood - just chuck what you can find on the fire. It would be useful in shelter building, trap building and other bushcrafting. Your mileage will vary on whether that's important to you.

Interesting to know, though, that, at least with the right saw and correct employment, these aren't entirely useless.

BCB, I believe, makes the military issue ones. Like most things, they are available on Amazon.


  1. Wow, thanks for showing this to us. Never thought that it will still be useful enough! Great post btw!

  2. Very interesting! I too thought they were all a bunch of crap. But given the apparent functionality and the small size and inconsequential weight they might just be a good addition to a survival kit.

  3. Excellent demo. Thanks for sharing

  4. Interesting. I've always snubbed my nose at these things, too. Thanks for sharing !!

    BTW: The withdrawal symptoms from "Tomorrow"are almost leveling out and now :-)

    I'm thinking of starting my own story about a tyrannical blog host who writes the best ever survival/SHTF story and then as soon as everyone is hooked, he pauses the story, to the lament of all of his readers - I'm going to call it "You Took Away Mondays". :-)

    Keep 'em comin' !!

  5. I had one of these when I was much younger. Bought it at Brigade Quartermasters, back in early 80's. It did not last too long but I did not know to use it like a bow saw - I grasped the rings in opposite hand finger and sawed that way - too much stress, probably. A tip I later gained for storing these saws in kits - their metal composition will rust in right environment. So when you store it, clean it as much as possible and grease it with a good non flowing component (RIG for example), its life expectancy would be longer. I think mine broke on the 3 rd use, maybe 5minutes of life.

    I wonder if the M48 Kommando saw would work as well - anyone with any experience on those?