How To Use a Wire Saw In 3 Easy Steps

A lot of people don't like to rely on those small wire saws in a survival situation because of the fact that they usually break if you start yanking too hard.  The good news is, there is a trick to this type of saw that will help you cut up branches without breaking it. The folks at Common Sense Outdoors will show you exactly how in 3 easy steps.

1. Find a Sapling

This should be thin and green.  You won't be able to do this with a dry branch that doesn't bend.  It should be slightly longer than the length of your wire saw.

2. Put a Notch in Both Ends

Now use your survival knife, hatchet, or even a sharp rock to cut notches into both ends of your stick.

3. Attach Wire To Sapling

Now you'll want to put the loops of your wire saw into the cuts you made.  This is a lot like stringing a bow. Take advantage of the flexible green branch and bend as needed.

Now You Have a Bow Saw

By turning your wire saw into a bow saw you're allowing the wire to stay straight. Remember, if you wrap this saw around a branch there's a good chance it will bunch up and break.

Benefits of a Bow Saw

  • Cut down solid branches for a shelter.
  • Create firewood and kindling.
  • Cut through thick mesh.
  • Create wooden weapons.
  • Create a fishing pole.
  • Cut the top of a plastic bottle off for a water filter.
  • Slice through cartilage or bone if you're preparing a meal.

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  • Joie Gahum on

    Very helpful! I will start making those with my roadeavour wire saw. Thanks!


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