Good job, you have caught a huge deer! Now the task of field dressing begins.
Cutting bones can be a long and frustrating task if you dont have the right tools for the job, we figured this out a few years back and lead us to test a bunch of bone saws and eventually finding a few great once.
In this article, we will list our top pics with some facts and information on why or why not we choose the saw.
Best Bone Saw Reviewed and Rated
1. Bahco 396-LAP
- General purpose folding saw with an 7-1/2 -inch blade, 7...
- XT Toothing, 7 TPI. Blade is specially coated for rust...
- Two-component plastic handle for perfect grip, with leather...
Bach 396 is our favorite on this list, featured with a durable and sharp blade straight from the bow. It’s comfortable to hold and use in longer durations making it a perfect bone saw.
The blade is 6.5 inches and has seven teeth per inch providing you with a fine and accurate cut. When you are finished with your task you simply push the plastic button and fold the blades into a safe position.
When folded the knife can easily be carried around in either the backpack or your pocket. If you purchase the knife on amazon the knife will come with a leather strap that can be used for hanging the knife on knobs around your working space.
We found the knife to be easy to use and most importantly the blade was super sharp and durable, a perfect bone saw.
2. LEM Products 640
- 16" Meat Saw With Tightening Cam
- Professional quality; Heavy nickel-plated frame
- Large blade tightening lever
LEM is one of our top choices in terms of bone saws, we even found it to beat the popular Weston Butcher Saw in terms of quality and sharpness. It has a thick and durable blade preventing it from shaking and bending while you use it. In addition to this, you have a 16″ blade which is long enough for most tasks.
On the bottom of the saw, there is a big handle that lets you adjust the tension of the blade and allows you to switch out the blade quickly.
We found the saw to be supreme quality and hold up well during our tests. It’s sharp and featured with a solid frame that makes cutting bones an easy task.
However, the handle could be padded or cushioned to make the long hours of cutting more comfortable. In addition to this, some padding could make it easier to hold when you have wet hands we found to be a bit slippery, but this is a small and far from enough to put this saw further down on this list.
Its Durable, sharp and sturdy providing you with everything you would need in a bone saw.
3. EverSaw Folding Hand Saw
- MANY HAND SAWS ARE MADE OF FLIMSY AND CHEAP MATERIALS that...
- UNLIKE FOLDING SAWS WITH FAULTY POP-BUTTON LOCKING...
- WHILE OTHER hand saws for cutting wood TEND TO BE MUCH...
We had a dilemma choosing between the Eversaw and Bacho to take the top spot, they are similar in terms of design both are easy to use and do the job in a perfect manner.
There are 9 triple-cut teeth per inch constructed to be sharp and stable making it easy to cut everything from wood to bones. The reason for its impeccable sharpness is the 50HRC carbon steel. This is a premium material that is known for its sturdiness and performance.
In addition to the sharp blade, the handle is comfortable and fits nicely in the hand. On the handle, there is a small knob attached which makes it possible to adjust the tightness of the blade. You have the option of making it smoother or sturdier depending on your needs and preference.
We found a few customers to complain about the lock breaking. The lock helps to secure the blade and is an essential feature for the usability of the saw. Make sure to have this in mind while working to ensure preventing the lock from breaking.
Overall the saw is both sharp and comfortable to use making it one of our top choices for those of you who want an inexpensive bone saw.
4. Gerber Vital
- Highly visual, orange rubber handle is easy to spot + grip.
- Ergonomic handle efficiently saws through dense bone.
- Clever blunted tip eliminates risk of puncturing delicate...
Gerber Vital is a compact saw packed with sharp teeth and a comfortable handle. The blade is 3.4″ long and made of SK5 steel. The double-edged handle allows you to carry the saw safely on your belt or hanging it on the straps of your backpack.
Along the 3.4″ blade you will find large teeth similar to what you would find on a wood saw. The longer teeth make it easy to get a good grip on the bones making them easier to cut.
The handle is made of a thick rubber coating making it comfortable to hold and use for long durations. As Gerber said themself it’s optimized for efficient cutting and minimal body strain which is a statement we stand behind.
If you were to cut larger bones you will find the blade to be a bit short. It’s not our recommendation for larger games, but a great and flexible bone saw for smaller animals.
Besides this, we were pleased with the saw and wound its portability and sturdy blade a massive benefit when heading out on a hunt.
5. Mossy Oak Mini
- Has an ergonomic grip handle, which is perfect for several...
- Belt loop carrying case included for easy storage and...
- Several uses includes: Trimming small tree limbs, cutting...
If you are looking for a tiny bone saw that you can literally pack and forget there is no other than Mozzy oak we recommend. It’s small and fits nicely in the hand, however, it’s small size comes with a few negative aspects.
We found the blade to be too short for bigger games and bones but worked well with smaller taks. Still if its small in lenght the blade is thick and sturdy making it comfortable and effective.
If you decide to purchase the saw on amazon you get a casing to hold the saw making it easy to keep in the bag or even your pocket.
If you hunt smaller game this is a perfect saw that’s easy to bring and carry around even in the smallest spaces and bags.
- Overall length 10 3/8"
- 4 3/8" micro-honed Japanese stainless steel blade
- A thick, yet lightweight military grade polymer handle in...
The Havalon is another small and compact saw that is built with military-grade Zytel plastic making it both robust and light. The Zytel is colored in a bright orange making it easy to spot if you were to lose it during your stalking of the deer.
In terms of durability, the Havalon is hard to beat. Its blade is made of trusted steal, we found it to be incredibly sharp and durable during our tests and usage.
As you can see the Havalon has a collapsible design making it possible to turn the full-sized saw into a safe pocked sized saw. The collapsible designe is our preferred set up since it gives you the luxury of having a full-sized blade making it easy to cut bones, but when collapsed both you and the blades are protected making it easy to bring in the backpack or pocket.
Both the frame and steel are of military-grade quality. As you know the plastic is made of Zylet plastic and the steel is constructed of Havalon’s special blend resulting in a durable and sharp saw.
Because of the higher grade materials, the knife is sold at a higher price compared to other saws on this list, but we found the extra cost to be worth it if you are serious about hunting and often cut bones.
Things to look for when looking for the best bone saw
We have included a few of the many bone saws that exist on the market so if you have a brand or specific bone saw you like feel free to purchase those instead, however, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you purchase a bone saw and this is the following.
One of the essentials aspects to look for is the size of the blade. A longer blade will make it easier to cut thicker bones, but a long saw is a lot harder to carry.
If you have a short blade you need to do a lot more moving back and forth compared to a long blade where each movement will give you a bigger cut because of the additional lenght and extra teeth cutting through the bone. But the smaller size will give you the option of carrying it around on your belt or backpack.
Which size you should choose depends on how you want to use the saw and how you want to carry it. A nice medium between lenght and portability like the Bacho is what we found to be optimal.
Thickness and Material
The thickness of the blade is essential to know before purchase, why? It will determine the sturdiness of the blade if its to thin it will move all around the place making it close to impossible to cut bones.
If you are looking for a bone saw its necessary to have a thick blade that can handle the stress of cutting bones.
In addition to this, the material needs to be stainless steel or any other premium material. This will prevent rust from occurring and keeping your bone saw sharp in a longe period.
Design and comfort
The design is not only for the looks but more the comfort of using the saw. If you are going to field dress a deer for hours a comfortable handle is a must. We have found rubber-coated handles to perform the best in terms of comfortability and ease of use. Plastic handles can work, but if your hands get wet they have a tendency to slip which is far from optimal.
To ensure that the bone saw you are looking at has a comfortable handle and a durable and sturdy blade is by checking the reviews on the product. Platforms such as amazon and review websites have made this process easier than ever before.
Our top pick for the Best bone saw for deer is the Eversaw. We found it to be the best in terms of performance, portability, and comfort. It has a medium-sized blade with sharp teeth making the task of cutting bones feel like butter.
A few customers have found the lock to break, but this is not enough to prevent this saw from taking the first spot on this list.
The second saw we mentioned was the LEM, it has a traditional design that is commonly used in meat saws. The sturdy frame and blade prevent any shaking from occurring during work resulting in a perfect bone saw that is comfortable to hold and use.
The saw can be used for a whole season or even two without needing any sharpening because of the thickness and premium steel used in the making of the saw.
We understand that picking one of these saws can be a difficult task, but take a close look at each review and check what other customers have said about the product and I am sure you will find one that suits your needs and budget.
Frequently asked questions
What is a bone saw used for?
A bone saw is used for cutting bones. What differentiates a regular saw from a bone saw is its sturdy blade and sharp teeth. Because of this, a bone saw can be used for a variety such as cutting bones, plastic and wood.
What are bone saws made of?
Bone saws are used for stainless steel or other sturdy materials. The handle and frame can be made of a variety of materials ranging from plastic to stainless steel. Most bone saws are equipped with adjustment systems making it easy to change blade and tightness.
Andy Ryan is an archery enthusiast who has been practising hunting and target shooting as long as he can remember. He is known for his accurate groupings and humming laughter. His texts are packed with experiences and knowledge about the archery sport that few obtain.