Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kershaw 2550X Folding Saw Review

This is a saw I’ve had for a long time, and had used for years before switching to the larger Trailblazer. In this review I just wanted to provide you with some side by side photos of the Kershaw 2550X and the much better known Bahco Laplander folding saw.

Overall Length: 9 inches when folded
Blade Length: 7 inches
Weight: 6.35 oz
Cost: $20.00

Here you can see the Kershaw 2550X next to the Bahco Laplander.

I was not able to tell any difference between the two saws. They appear to be identical in every respect except color. The two saws have the exact same dimensions, including the thickness and alignment of the saw teeth. The cutting times of the two saws are also identical.

This is a very well thought out and durable design. The blade is locked into place, both when fully open and closed. In order to move the blade, you have to press the red button on the side of the saw. The handle is very comfortable, and the performance is quite good for such a small saw.

However, you must have realistic expectations here. After all, this is a fairly small saw with a small tooth pattern. It takes a good amount of work and time to cut with this saw. It is easily left behind when compared to a larger saw like the Trailblazer, or even a tool like the Small Forest Axe. For some comparison testing, you can have a look here.

Overall, this is a very good saw to carry if you want to supplement your knife, and speed up camp chores. If however you plan on gathering large quantities of wood, this is probably not the saw for you.


  1. Ross, nice review. I believe that Kershaw makes both of those saws, and that they only differ in paint. Thanks,

  2. Hi there
    I've seen a couple of these saws in non non brand stores. I picked one up in a DIY place in France for half the Bahco price and it too is identical in every way to the Laplander except for colour and not having a brand stamped on the blade. So it seems there are a few versions around.
    So whether its Kershaw, Bahco or how ever they are excellent saws.

  3. I am currently in the market for folding saws so thanks for the review.