Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We have answers.

This isn’t really a question that’s frequently asked, but it will help us communicate clearly about the saw.

  • Handle
    the red part
  • Blade
    the sharp part
  • Backbar
    the silver part that hides the blade when it’s closed
  • Wingnut
    the nut with wings that holds it all together
  • Strap
    the leather piece that you can use to hang the saw

We are so glad that our most frequently asked question is what to do about a lost wing nut! What a small and easily-solvable problem that one is! Losing the wing nut is the only complaint we repeatedly heard in 50 years, so we now supply you with a second wing nut! If you lose one or both wing nuts, go to your local, independently-owned hardware store and ask for a wing nut (5/16”, course thread) Chances are very good that they carry those wing nuts. It’s that simple.

Problem-Solving for the wing nut:

First, the wing nut is almost always attached to the Sven-Saw®. You do not need to worry about keeping the wing nut anywhere else. When it is collapsed and put away, the wing nut holds the parts together. When you are using it, the wing nut holds the saw in place. The only time you might lose the wing nut is either assembling the saw or putting it away. If you’re still worried about losing it, here are some ideas:

  • Use your favorite bright red nail polish to accent your wing nut. That way, if you drop it anywhere other than red shag carpeting, you’ll find it so easily! (And if you drop it on red shag carpeting, we have to wonder what you were doing with a saw in your living room!)
  • When you’re using the saw, chances are pretty good you’re wearing shorts or pants with pockets. Think about which pocket you’re going to drop that wing nut in, while you move the parts of the saw.
  • Some clever customers have drilled a little hole in the wing part of the nut and threaded fishing line through it. They’ve attached that through the handle hole, so it’s always handy.
  • It can just live on the leather hanging strap, at the ready.
  • If you’re pruning in your yard, it can go in your toolbox.
  • If you’re fishing, it can go in your tackle box.
  • If you’re camping, it can go with the utensils.
  • If you’re hiking, it can go with your toiletries.
  • If you’re kayaking, it can go in your life-vest pocket.
  • If you’re driving, it can go in the glove box.

You can hold the Sven-Saw® by the part of the handle that extends below the blade. Alternatively, you can hold the handle right above the blade. Either way, you minimize your chances of rapping your knuckles against the wood — always preferable to skinned fingers. Your other hand can help guide the saw at the top of the triangle, but you may need to be holding the log with that hand.

The Sven-Saw® is the original folding saw. The whole point was to conceal the blade safely within the handle. It slides easily in and out of a Duluth Pack while canoeing, which was its first purpose. Many people use much lighter-weight gear now. We haven’t made a protective sleeve yet, but we’re working on it. Check back in January ’21. In the meantime, we do have some suggestions:

Place a tube sock or the sleeve of a sweatshirt over the ends.

You can buy a beautiful, waxed canvas cover from Frost River or Duluth Pack stores, both Duluth natives just like we are!

First, congratulations! You deserve credit for using the saw so much that you actually need to replace the blade! We commonly hear from people who use their Sven-Saw® for 20 to 30 years before they need to replace the blade. When you finally need a new blade you can:

If you have an older Sven-Saw® (and you aren’t likely replacing the blade unless you do), that piece that may look like a rivet is a spring-pin, and you can push it through using a hammer and a nail a bit larger than the diameter of the spring-pin. If you stop before it goes all the way through the backbar, you can re-use it easily for the new blade.

To replace the spring pin with the screw and nut we use now, ask your local hardware store for a 10-32 X 5/8 in. pan head screw and locknut.

If your Sven-Saw® already has a screw and locknut, only tighten the locknut until it touches the backbar … and make sure you put the new blade in with the teeth facing in the right direction!

Probably. Our goal is to keep every Sven-Saw® in action for the length of its natural life. It is not a throw-away item! Contact us directly and we’ll try to work something out.

We might ask what happened, but we will not judge.

We’ve been making the Sven-Saw ® in Minnesota, USA continuously since Richard Swenson invented it in 1961! We use all local manufacturers. The saws are assembled and shipped from Opportunity Partners, which provides employment to people with disabilities. The only part not made in Minnesota is the blade. Our blades are made of the finest Swedish steel and crafted in Sweden.

Trees, logs, branchesYes
Bones/large animalsYes (and we also sell specific meat blades through the website)
Frozen meat/fishYes
Snow (for igloos)Sure
IceYes, but there’s probably something better.
MetalNo. That’s one thing our blade won’t cut.

We don’t. Most metal cutting is done at home, and you’re better off with a dedicated hack-saw there.