Chainmate Survival Pocket Chain Saw


This Chainmate pocket chain saw survival tool is ideal and practical in many ways.

It will cut through wood limbs with apparent ease.

Tuck it in your backpack or survival kit.

Unlike a typical saw, this one will roll up and store easily and safely, taking up little storage space. Great for camping, in your bug-out-bag, or simply for trimming branches around your property.

Chainmate Survival Pocket Chain Saw

There are three available lengths of chain, 24-inch, 36-inch, 48-inch.

There are nylon strap handles at each end of the chain for gripping.

From the Manufacturer
Previously available only to the military and professionals, now everyone can enjoy the speed and convenience of owning a Chainmate survival saw. Flexible, chain blade saw comes in belt loop pouch. Cuts fast & easy.

Product Description
With its carbon steel teeth and extreme portability, this survival saw is an essential tool for snowmobilers, campers, hikers, mountain bikers and all other outdoorsmen. U.S.A. Chain Length (in.): 24, Blade Material: Carbon steel

The overall reviews are highly favorable, the average being 4.5 of 5 stars. Here are a few review summaries…

This is the real deal w/ the modified carbon steel chainsaw blades – not the crappy model w/ the thin folding-saw type blade.

When I was setting up a very basic camping kit, one of the things I purchased was this Chainmate Survival Saw. One of the suggestions that John “Lofty” Wiseman made in his SAS Survival Handbook was to purchase a flexible saw to put in a survival kit.

This thing EATS wood and weighs nothing!! It takes a little bit of effort but you can chew through a hardwood tree half a foot thick in literally a couple minutes; half that if you use two people (one on each end).

This Chainmate “Survival Pocket Chain Saw” rips through wood with amazing ease! I used this to cut a 2″ diameter branch in less than 30 seconds.

The chain eliminates awkward sawing positions in tight spaces.

This saw is the best type of portable hand saw you can get that is not gas powered. stay away from those cheap a s s wire saws. they break on the first tug of the wire. This one is well built and will last.

Perfect for back packing, the convenient pouch keeps it from other items and it will pack so easily in our gear!


  1. I have that model.

    Had a tree limb that was touching the roof of the house. So, I take the chainsaw (a 14″ Stihl) up to the tree. A bit too high for me to get from the ground.

    Call me a candy a$$ if you like. I’m not going use a chainsaw, above my head, while on a ladder.

    So I got this saw out. It worked very well.

    Three things to watch out for:
    1) It is more work than a chainsaw. Maybe not, I watched a guy spend 15 or 20 minutes pulling the rope on chainsaw. He was not using the choke. Free entertainment is the best kind.
    2) The handles could use more weight. Getting one end over the limb was something from a Laurel and Hardy movie.
    3) In my case it tended to bind up. In fairness, the limb was resting on the roof. Probably wouldn’t bind if limb were free.

    Be well.

  2. You can make your own without buying it, just go down to your local hardware store and buy the following items.

    1 – chainsaw blade of your choice and length. There are varying grades of blades and quality and some are ‘rust free’, so I got that kind as I live beside the sea here in Aus, and everything rusts.
    1.a. – punch out a link that allows you two links that are the same, the joining link usually.
    2 – Two rip start handles off a whipper snipper or motor mower, discard the cord’s that come with them.
    3 – screw in eyelets – preferably stainless steel again, screw these into the holes where the cord was, ensure that they fit and dont force them in as it will split the plastic handles.
    4 – heavy gauge ‘stiff wire’ – I used a stainless steel bicycle spoke and cut them into 2″ lengths and bent them into figure ‘S’ with gaps that would accommodate the chain saw blade and the eyelet material.

    When using the handsaw blade, keep pressure on both handles when sawing to ensure that the handles ‘s’ clips dont fall out. I’ve had no issues with mine so far and it works a treat. Also it comes apart for easy storage – store them with a oil coated rag to reduce any further corrosion from tree sap etc.

    There you have it, some simple pieces out together that could save you a few $$ and make you a little more happier about using a self made tool.


    Andrew (Australia)

  3. In response to Andrew – That’s not quite the same thing, as the chainmate has teeth alternating in direction. Should still work, just not as well. Chainsaw blades aren’t cheap here in Florida, so the chainmate at $20 is less than the cost of most chains. Also, it is narrower so will cut easier.

    I have the 36 inch model and am quite impressed. I only bought one but am going to order a few more for gifts and at least one more for my BOB. It cuts much faster and easier than a folding camp saw.

  4. Also note I am not the same Ken who wrote this article, though it would be nice if he did a proper review now that he has one of these…

    1. That’s a good idea… I’ll add that to my ‘to do’ list. I agree that it is a nice addition to the BOB or kit.

  5. Hello everyone!
    I love my Chainmate pocket chainsaw, but I can’t figure out how to properly store it back in its pouch without it kinking up. Any tips on how to arrange it to minimize kinks/ damage? Help is much appreciated; thanks!

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