You’ve probably never heard of Agawa Canyon folding saws – but you should! After years of testing and loving the brand’s original Boreal 21, two new models have just launched.
There are only a handful of folding saw distributors in North America. Most people will choose between the icon Sven Sawthat works well as a bow saw and that is just as functional Silky folding saws. But among the lesser-known sawmill manufacturers, my all-time favorite is the rarely seen one Agawa Canyon.
This is our first look at Agawa Canyon Boreal 24 and Boreal 15.
The Agawa Canyon Boreal 24, 21 and 15
The Agawa Canyon uses a completely unique folding method that does not require tools to assemble or screws to tighten. It’s all one piece, and you just fold it open and snap it together to cut. It gives you a huge cutting surface to work with and is perfectly stable when you cut. The following GIF shows the opening and closing method.
I’ve been using the original Boreal 21 since 2015 and it still works as well as it did the day it was new, preparing firewood for countless fires. I also sawed through many elk bones while hunting, a secondary use that I was eternally grateful for on long packs from the forest.
And all in all, it worked perfectly. The only criticism I have is that when you assemble the saw you can pinch your skin on the handle. I did it once and it hurt, but I didn’t do it again.
In summary: Agawa Canyon’s Boreal Saw Series now includes 15-inch and 24-inch models. The Boreal line folds into a narrow profile for easy packing. But it’s a very fast, effective bow saw that can cut thick logs – up to about 10 inches in diameter.
All models have optional accessories and multiple blades for different types of cutting. It’s the best folding saw I’ve personally used.
Agawa Canyon Saws: New for 2020
Needless to say, I love this design. It works, is lightweight and easy to carry, and can be set up in seconds. When the brand said they would expand the range, I was thrilled. The representatives sent a couple of the new models to check out and they are sure to meet my expectations.
Boreal 24: The largest saw in the Agawa range, the Boreal 24 is a beast. I used it briefly to test it and think this is a good choice for trail maintenance or for those who have to cut a lot of firewood. But after using the longtime Boreal 21 for years, it can be overkill for some campers.
But if you don’t mind a little extra weight (21 ounces) and a packed weight (24 inches long), plus the cost ($ 80, $ 115 including scabbard and extra saw blade), this is a saw that does the job coped.
Boreal 15:: At $ 70, this smaller version of my beloved Agawa 21 has the potential to win my heart for the hunt. I often carry the Agawa 21 to the elk camp. The hike means big miles and weight is important.
At just 15 ounces, the Boreal 15 saves 3 ounces and some space compared to the 21. I have to cut a little more to see how it performs next to its bigger siblings, but initially it looks for firewood collecting and processing in the Camp very effective from big game with the optional bone saw blade.
I wouldn’t mention that again Boreal 21 ($ 75). This medium size has proven effective and reliable in 5 years of testing, so I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Same construction, new sizes
Other than a size difference, the new models are the same Agawa Canyon Boreal I’m familiar with. The construction is robust. Setup is easy once you’ve done it a few times and takes literally seconds. Cutting logs is quick, easy, and efficient, especially for such a packable tool.
The clever design of the Boreal series results in an easy-to-stow package
And even more exciting for us hunters Agawa Canyon offers bone sheets that you can easily replace on site. The extra blade is in the scabbard so you can have it back in storage when needed.
Changing blades takes a bit of care, especially in the field. You’ll need to remove a small C-clip that would be easy to lose. However, this is easy to achieve with a Leatherman multitool or even a pocket knife.
The bone saw (above) and the aggressive multipurpose blade (below)
Ultimately, in the limited folding saw market, the Agawa Canyon Boreal Series stands out. It’s an uncompromising tool that is still easy to slip into a backpack. If you are looking for a folding saw that will do all of your camp duties this is a strong competitor.
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