Probably like many of you, when I was about 11 I owned a hollow-handled survival knife. It was the saw-back, bottle-opener style blade with fish hooks, compass pommel, etc, etc... It probably cost $4 to make and I ended up giving it away without using it much. I never expected to own another saw-back until I got a glimpse of what appeared to be a large, flat ground, pull-saw-backed knife in a teaser picture from Swamp Rat Knife Works. As soon as I saw it I knew I would have it. I can’t honestly explain why I had that immediate reaction but there it is. It’s called the SawManDu. That’s baby on adoption day weighing in at just over a pound. As I knew I was keeping the knife (and I knew it was going to get scratched up in homemade kydex), I immediately heated up some distilled vinegar and gave it a good patina to help protect against rust and because I think over time it looks better with a user blade kept in kydex. Next day I tried out the saw: I’m a big fan of Silky brand saws, and if you’re familiar with them you know they cut very efficiently. The SawManDu is less efficient as you can imagine as it’s much thicker, however like a Silky Saw, it works on the pull-stroke and is designed to avoid binding by making the teeth the thickest section of the blade. For the size it works fine. It’s not as fast as chopping to get through most pieces of wood, but working slowly it could be pretty efficient on stable, hard wood. I plan to try my hand at “bushcraft” furniture making using this saw. SR-77 steel is a modified S7, so even with teeth this knife should take a beating. Split wood well until I got to this log which as you can see didn’t even want to split with an iron wedge. So I made a large wooden wedge that worked great. Here’s my sheath - large “Ulti-Clip” attachment. Maiden voyage today to a little known spot for some trail clearing. Nice day in the redwoods. Oh, I also enlarged the choil a bit which you can see in the above pic. Chops amazingly well on larger stuff like the above. The bigger branch took 14 moderate swings. Does ok with smaller vegetation but it’s on the factory grind angle so doesn’t get super sharp. I’ll eventually thin the edge a touch... Handle felt great in bare hands for over an hour of use today. Got a bath in some alcohol and mineral oil a couple of hours ago and looking better than ever.