Swanson Savage Jab Saw/Utility Knife Review Hothttp://www.tool-rank.com/media/listing/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/25/bb/3b/1295_swanson-savage-jabsaw-knife-svk666-3-1348866228.jpg
When you are a tradesman there is balancing act that you are always faced with. There are only so many tools you can take with you, so you have to choose what stays and what goes, and this is why I like tools with more than one function. This is also why a company like Swanson makes a tool like the Savage SVK666 Folding Jab Saw/Utility knife. It takes two tools that are commonly used when working with drywall and combines them. But how well did Swanson do at pairing these two tools up? They sent us one so we could find out for ourselves.
The Savage Jab Saw/Knife is really easy to use, and because both of the blades fold right into the body of the handle, it is safer to store. The saw portion of the tool can be flipped up and locked into a position of about 135-degrees or into a straight 180-degree position, this is done with a small button that also locks the saw in the closed position.
I found the large grip area of the Savage Saw/Knife to be really comfortable but also somewhat uncomfortable at the same time. I know this sounds confusing, so let me explain. The grip area itself is something I really like, but I found that the knife (when closed) protrudes out from the handle a little and makes it uncomfortable to use the saw when holding the bottom portion of the handle. On the flip-side, it is really comfortable to use the knife side of the tool because there is no interference from the saw blade, and the large handle offers more control.
Did I say the Savage Jabs/Utility Knife was only two tools in one? It might look that way on the surface but it actually has the ability to accept any standard reciprocating saw blade, thus turning it into a hand saw as well. Again, this is a handy feature because it allows me to turn any reciprocating blade into a rough wood saw. I even took it into the garden and used the saw to prune some tree branches. Changing the blades is pretty simple too, you just need to unscrew the blade cover a bit and slide a blade in or out. A slot and a small pin make sure the blade aligns correctly and locks into place when the screw is tightened.
I commend Swanson for the overall design of their new Savage Jab Saw/Knife combo tool. Aside from the small discomfort from the knife, it is a handy tool to have in the toolbox. The fact that it can replace other tools I use and save me some space is another plus. Now this wont replace my utility knife because I do little work with drywall, but It will replace my current jab saw and my current recip. hand saw.