BAHCO 396-LAP Review

Best foldable saw
UPDATED Mar. 2021
Manufacturer: Bahco
Model: 396-LAP
Category: Bone Saws
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Bahco Laplander is a legendary general-purpose folding saw specifically designed for hunters, campers, and wildlife enthusiasts. It is one of the rare tools that definitely lives up to the hype and belongs in every bushmaster’s arsenal. Whether you are prepping large game and cutting wood in the wild or fixing things around the house, this tool will provide you with a comfortable grip paired with a substantial driving power.  

Read more about its essential features and performance levels in our comprehensive Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw review.

  • BAHCO 396-LAP folding saw
  • Man holding BAHCO 396-LAP
  • BAHCO 396-LAP cutting through wood
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Pros & Cons

  • Extremely sharp stainless steel blade
  • Excellent grip and ergonomic design
  • Safety lock
  • XT toothing; 7 TPI
  • Unrefined deployment
  • Blade finish comes off

BAHCO 396-LAP Ratings

Our Rating 8.5

The bone saw’s size, weight, ergonomics, and construction & material quality.

Ease Of Use

The amount of effort necessary to efficiently use the bone saw regardless of previous experience.


The ability of the blade to easily cut through bones.


The bone saw’s cutting potential, precision, and efficiency.


The bone saw’s suitability for different cutting projects.


The use of food-grade materials and the presence of safety features that prevent potential injury and food contamination.

Ease of Maintenance

The amount of time and effort necessary to clean the saw and keep it in good condition.


The bone saw’s average lifespan with proper use and maintenance.


The affordability of the bone saw in relation to its quality and in comparison with similar bone saws.

Our ratings are the result of an objective and independent evaluation of BAHCO 396-LAP, generating the final rating that reflects the overall quality of the product.

Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw Design & Materials

Bahco Laplander basically looks like a big stylish folding knife. Saw manufacturers usually do not pay attention to the overall aesthetics of their folding saws (in favor of performance), which makes this model a very welcome exception. The saw features a 7-inch folding blade with 7 XT teeth per inch. The size of the handle is 9 inches. It comes with a leather strap that is not particularly useful – unless you wish to hand the saw on a branch. However, due to its overall weight of just 0.9 pounds, you can comfortably wear it in your pocket.

The handle features two integral parts and a practical locking mechanism that locks the blade in both positions. The handle is mostly dark green with black overtones and the saw blade is completely black. The blade is made of stainless steel with a special coating for low friction and rust protection. The material used for the handle is hard plastic with a grippy rubber overmold.  

Bahco Laplander is an aesthetically pleasing folding saw, but its design is rather rudimentary. Additionally, the deployment action feels a bit laggy and sticky, but that is not too big of a problem. The blade can be replaced by unlocking the pivot, which is basically a screw and a bolt. Note that if you overtighten it, you will not be able to deploy the blade.  

BAHCO 396-LAP Laplander folding hand saw

Bahco 396-LAP is a small folding hand saw that fits in the pocket.


Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw Performance

People usually perceive folding saws as little more than glorified gardening tools, but Bahco Laplander is anything but. It rips through wood and saves a lot of time and effort in the field compared to an ax or a chopper. It is also designed to chew through plastic and bone, which means it can replace a nice chunk of mandatory tools in your backpack.  

The XT toothing makes this saw a true beast when it comes to performance. However, unlike Veff serrations, it cannot be re-sharpened. After some use, the black finish starts to come off, but this does not affect the overall performance of the saw. The teeth lose their sharpness after prolonged use, so you will have to replace the blade at some point.   

Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw cuts in both directions (100% efficiency) and it is compact enough to allow sawing motions at an awkward angle or close to the ground. The handle provides an excellent grip, which means you do not have to invest a lot of power into driving it forward. Basically, the blade does all the work for you.

Man folding BAHCO 396-LAP hand saw

With XT toothing Bahco 396-LAP can cut through wood, bone and plastic alike.


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