Silky are known as the best folding and fixed saws in the world. And we 100% agree with that. That is not our opinion because we sell them, it's because we use them and they are amazing and I am sure you all agree.

But if they are so amazing, then why do they break?

Balance is everything!  Just like any high quality tool, these saws are designed to make the job feel effortless.  For example, take high quality kitchen knives (like the one that makes your finger bleed by just looking at it). When the blade is thinner and the quality of the metal is high, it's going to make that job feel like a breeze on a hot Summer's day. But the downside is, if you accidentally drop the knife, the chances of it breaking, are a lot higher. OR if you cut something you aren't meant to, it will bend, snap or chip the blade.  

Same goes with Silky Saws. Silky Saws have thinner blades, compared to many cheaper saws.  This means that they feel super easy and fast to use, but it means that they are not designed to be thrown around or used incorrectly. They will handle being misused a little but for only for saw long. (so long, he he)  So the best idea is to learn how they like to be treated!

The thicker the blade, the harder it is to break!.  Problem with that is, if its really thick it also is a lot harder to use, it requires more energy as you are pulling wider chucks of wood out with each stroke.  It is also heavier to carry and hold. Silky do make some thicker, heavier saws, but the majority of their saws are very thin. Silky do many things to their blades to make them superior and easier to use.   One of those things, is to make the kerf of the blade very narrow. (Kerf of the blade is width of the blade, not from tooth to spin) The upside of this, it makes the saw super fast and easy to use cut. The down side of it, is the thinner the blade is the easier it is to break. (But not if you use it correctly and be mindful of what you are cutting).  Silky have also included things to strengthen the blades and prevent you breaking as much as possible. This however does not mean that they are indestructible. Do the wrong thing enough and they will break.

 

HOW TO BREAK A SILKY SAW BLADE
The answer is impossible, but only if it's looked after! The most important thing you need to know about a Silky Saw, is that it is a pull saw only.

The only way to break a Silky Saw or snap a blade is by:

- Bending it   (the blades are flexible... but it's metal, bend it far enough and too often,  it could snap).
- Trying to cut on the push stoke   (too much force will be used and if it pinches it will cause the blade to bend and snap)
- Twisting it   (if jammed lift the end of the branch the release pressure, don't pull from side to side) This can also happen when putting too much pressure on the forward stroke.
- Hitting hard material causing teeth to chip off.  (pulling branches toward yourself, or hitting hard material in a branch)


Silky have made their blades as flexible as possible.   Now this is so that they DON'T break easily and you have a fighting chance of learning how to use them correctly.  But this is the fun thing with steel. The more you bend steel the more you change the molecular structure of the steel. With each bend it will become more brittle. So you may have been using your saw for a while now, but still putting forward pressure on the blade.  It may have got caught a few times, but this time you got it caught and it did that awkward ‘S’ bend thing, one to many times, then it snapped!


Use the Silky Saw correctly by gliding the saw blade back and forth with minimal pressure when you pull the blade toward yourself only.  Cutting on the pull stroke requires less energy and gives you more control over the action of the saw.

The cool thing about metal, is it tells the story.  If your one beautiful blade becomes two, you can find out why this happened.  (Unlike many relationships). Simply get both sides of the blade and join them back together.  Move the join around until it matches perfectly. This will show you exactly what angle the blade was on when it broke.  Sometimes it will be twisted, other times it will be on a 35 degree angle. At least this way you will know what happened and prevent it from happening again.


If you have any questions or enquiries, please let us know and one our team members will be more than happy to help! (07) 3823 1599 or [email protected]