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    For static kernmantle, I use the regular blade. I tried the saw once, for fun and it worked, but wasn't anywhere near as nice to use. I've use the saw to cut through 1" pine, but it's not overly effective. I think it's more for when you actualy are using it outdoors, for branches, etc.
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    I carried a trekker for many years, for sharpening I bought some 2000 grit sandpaper from the auto parts store(I use this stuff all the time anyway) and some 3/16" wooden dowels and cut strips of the sandpaper and glued the strips onto the dowels. With a little oil the dowels last for 2 or 3 sharpening sessions(the sections are 8" long)
    As long as you don't let the blade get too dull, this works fine.

    Dave, this is a secondary blade.
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    Great idea Del! I'm gonna try that.
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    The sawblade is used, to it's best effect, to cut difficult young branches where a polished plain edge would fail. Since they have started doing so many serrations on their main blades, I think it is just there for tradition's sake.

    The Trekker is basically a Sodier model plus T&T, so I could see why they would want soldiers to have a second blade, one for food, one for not-food, but a saw seems out of place to me. Plus consider sharpening that thing! That's a job for a bored soldier and a file if I've ever seen one.

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    Cutting something fibrous with those teeth would be a nightmare. Wood would be ok, but it would have to be so thin that it would be pointless.
    Has anyone ever actually USED one??
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    Used one what, Spike? I'm guessing I have...
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    I think he's referring to the saw. You guys can tell I've never cut ropes with a saw, cause I thought it might make it easier.

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    The model I carried was a bit different, the main blade was plain, and it had had a second serrated blade.
    As far as the saw goes, it is not good for rope under 2 inches in diameter, and not synthetics in any case.
    The saw is very well designed and works very well, the only downfall is that the maximum size wood it will saw easily is one-third the length of the blade. Sharpening the saw is actually quite easy(well I don't find it difficult, and for those of you that can sharpen kitchen knives, you could do it too), the saw works great for making 4-style snares.
    I have a serious jones for victorinox swiss army knives, and I have every intention of making a damascus version in the future(this one is on my bucket list)
    I have carried one version or another for over 25 years

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    How do you sharpen the saw? Individually sharpening the serrations or just laying the serrations all flat on a stone?

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    A damascus SAK! What a great concept!
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