Bahco Laplander Saw Review – Folding Saw for Camping

Last Updated on 17/05/2021

Bahco Laplander Saw Review

I first saw the Bahco Laplander folding saw on an early episode of Ray Mears when I was just discovering the wonders of bushcraft. I have owned one ever since.

Bahco Laplander Folding Saw Review


Bahco Laplander Saw Review

When you head into the woods whether to hike, camp, hunt, or to explore you basically have 2 options for processing wood that will comfortably fit in your backpack. The first being a saw, but more specifically a portable saw which can be safely stowed in your backpack with posing risk to you or your gear. The second is an ax or hatchet which is a fantastic tool for all kinds of different tasks which will be discussed in a future post. For now, let’s start this Bahco Laplander Saw Review with a look at the specs.


  • Weight: 6.7 oz / 190 g
  • Length folded: 9 in / 23 cm
  • Length unfolded: 15.5 in / 40 cm
  • Blade length: 7 in / 19 cm
  • Teeth depth: 5 mm
  • Material: Steel with black powder epoxy coating
  • Made in Sweden


Bahco Laplander Saw


First Impressions

Writing this Bahco Laplander Saw Review made me think back many years but from what I remember, when I first got it I went outside and didn’t stop sawing for 2 or 3 hours. The blade comes with an aggressive tooth design which works on both the push and pull to make every stroke count. It is very lightweight which is ideal for your backpack as well as your arms when chopping high branches. The grip is very practical and feels super comfortable to handle at awkward angles.

Bahco Folding Saw Review



The Bahco Laplander cuts really well because the teeth are so sharp and have alternate angles it bites into chunky branches with ease. For larger logs, I like to take a couple of gentle strokes to set the line and then really put the pressure on once a grove appears. Small branches don’t take much work at all and you can always leave a clean cut for trees to heal if you are simply pruning.

Bahco Laplander Folding Saw


Ease of Use

The saw is nice and light which makes it easy to handle without draining the energy from your arm too fast. A single button locking mechanism keeps the blade securely in place when open and closed. Coming with a leather lanyard to wrap around your wrist when in use it is very safe and reliable. For frequent use and better convenience, you can also purchase a Bahco Laplander Holster Sheath to attach on your belt while out gathering firewood.

Bahco Laplander Saw Review


Best Uses

The Bahco Laplander folding saw is a reliable and effective hand tool for camping, backpacking, bushcraft, and garden use. The fact that it is so light and portable lends itself to the lightweight packer but the brand itself is well trusted by outdoors people all over the world. If you don’t fancy carrying an ax around with you but need to process firewood or build a shelter then this is an ideal companion.

Overall Rating

I rate the Laplander very highly as an everyday carry saw and would recommend it to anyone looking for a folding saw. The locking mechanism is solid which gives you the confidence to tackle branches thicker than your leg. I’ve had my current one for about 18 months now but have never had to replace a blade in the past (even after getting it wet multiple times there are no signs of rust). I have over a dozen different axe’s now, but this is still the only camping saw I own (or need). Get one for your kit bag if you don’t have one already.




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Bahco Laplander Saw Review

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This article has been written and/or edited by Andrew N. 20+ years of hiking, mountaineering, and camping experience, with access to all the latest outdoor gear.

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