The wood saw was introduced to the Officer’s Knife in 1902. Originally the saw had 27 angled teeth and it was opened by means of a nail nick – in common with most other tools. The tooth count was increased to 29 in 1952 and the opening method was changed: The saw was slightly increased in length so that a very small portion protruded beyond the end of the knife frame and this protrusion is used to open the tool. In approximately 1965 the teeth were altered to be vertical rather than angled - see images. The saw has changed very little since then.
A wood saw is, or has been, available in the following Swiss Army Knife sizes:
- 91mm - Several models feature the saw, such as the very popular Huntsman
- 84mm – This is a scaled down version of the 91mm saw, not available on many models - re-instated on the Walker in 2015
- 93mm – This version is also similar to the 91mm version and features in the very popular Farmer model
- 108mm – Retired - This saw is a very unusual combination tool - see section below
- 111mm – The 'slide-lock' saw is of a similar design to the 91mm saw, the 'liner-lock' version is slightly different, and of course features in the current (2021) 2008 Soldier model. Both are still opened by the small protrusion. Given its extra length it is a very effective cutting tool
The wood saw on the 108mm line is a very unique combination tool featuring a bottle-opener, can-opener and screwdriver integrated into the tip of the tool. A later version of the tool was introduced in the GAK-2 model, which even added a nailfile/match-striker panel to the side of the blade.
The 108mm saw is sometimes supplied with a removable blade-guard. This is a very good feature for this tool, making it much safer when using the openers or screwdriver.
The 108mm wood saw did have a reputation as being one of the best for cutting wood, however tests conducted by Multitool.org members have shown that this may not be the case!
In earlier catalogues this tool is referred to as the Utility Tool.
The wood saw is a very popular tool that has proven very effective, not only with wood, but also with other softer materials. The saw is reported to have a hardness rating of RC 53, but it is not known if this specification is still current, or if it applies to all versions.
When the saw is new, minute metal flakes can often just be seen around the saw’s teeth. These flakes disappear after one or two uses and the edges will look clean.