Steve Romeo called it FWI - F@$%ing With It. Taking something that works fine, and messing with it to make it work better. I've been complaining about snow saws recently - they are either too long, too fancy, too thick, etcetera etcetera etcetera. So last week I decided to cobble together my own.
The Life Link snow saw is 55cm long, making it too long to fit in a pack, and its big aggressive teeth make it great for snow but useless for anything else. But it's just a flat piece of cut aluminum, making it the simplest and easiest for a FWI project.
The BCA Snow Saw is a little bit shorter, around 45cm overall and fits into some - but not all - packs. The handle is beefy and thick, making it awkward to pack. But it's blade has the lowest profile and teeth that cut snow, ice, and wood.
The Brooks Range Mountaineering Snow Saw folds in half making it the most packable, but I (just being me) somehow bent it right at the joint and now it won't lock open. Nor is it straight. So it's KIA.
I suspect what I actually want is a G3 Bone Saw, but at $40-60 retail they're twice to three times as much as any of the snow saws listed above. Ouch. I don't want one that much.