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It’s a Dandy

This is one bone and wood handsaw that gets the job done without all the effort of other small saws.

Some time ago a Wyoming manufacturer sent me a small, fixed blade handsaw that bore the name”Mini Dandy.” The tool was a radical departure from other saws that I had used for game butchering activities in the past.

Instead of having a fine-tooth edge, the cutting edge was seriously aggressive with a 10-degree bevel. Furthermore, the blade was wide and rigid, unlike similar saws that either had a thin hacksaw-like blade, or a flexible folding blade. Moreover, the handle was oversize and crafted from wood.

Dandy saw and sheath
Photo: Durwood Hollis

Subsequently, the saw went with me on my next deer hunting adventure. As luck would have it, my hunting companion and I both took deer on the same day. Hauling the field dressed animals back to the main ranch house was exhausting, but well worth the effort.

A large tree provided a shady place to hang and skin the carcasses. After hide removal, we decided to saw down through the spinal column, brisket and pelvic bone of each carcass. By doing so, it would accelerate rapid cooling and prevent premature decomposition.

My companion was the first to employ the saw and it was amazing to watch him. Without any hesitation, he cut right through the entire length of the spinal column in less than a minute, a chore that usually takes several minutes and lots of effort. The same thing happened when he took the saw to the brisket cartilage and pelvic bone. The Mini Dandy sawed through bone like it was electrically powered and all without bending or flexing.

Not only did my friend comment about how well the saw cut through bone, he also remarked about the comfort of the wood handle. The oversize birch wood handle didn’t slip in his hand, nor did he develop blisters from use, something that had plagued both of us when we used other bone saws. Obviously, he took a liking to the saw and immediately started working on the second deer. After completing the task, we cleaned all of the organic material off of the saw blade, dried any residual moisture (the blade is not stainless) and returned it to its nylon belt sheath.       

The following day, I had the opportunity to take a wild pig, which provided me with my own Mini Dandy saw experience. Indeed, the saw proved fully capable of cutting through bone like a “hot knife through butter.” What a relief to deal with a tough job, all without breaking a sweat. The compact saw had proven its mettle; moreover, it had done so with an uncommon ease.

From that day to this, that same Mini Dandy saw has been my constant companion on every big game hunt. Deer, antelope, elk and more wild pigs than I can count have all been taken apart with the assistance of that rough cutter.

Also, I’ve used the saw to cut tree branches that have fallen across the path of my vehicle, as well blind building activities. The best thing about this particular tool is that it works, each and every time and never disappoints. And it’s compact enough (12-inch blade, 17-inches overall) to fit into your pack, saddlebag, or even wear it on your belt and the retail cost ($59.99) won’t devastate your budget. Simply putthis little saw is a Dandy! For more information, use your Internet browser and go to, or telephone (307) 587-2925 x 12.–Durwood Hollis

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