Pros: Handle Material, None
Cons: Weight, Head Material, Construction
Sadly, not much of a tool
I bought one of these several years ago to clear brush from woods trails and a steep portion of lawn where birches and oaks frequently take hold. My desire was to cut off brush and saplings up to 50mm diameter close - and square - to the ground, without having to bend over a lot.The thin blade is held in tension like a bowstring or bowsaw blade by the compressed "C" frame. There's not a lot of weight on the cutting edge, so it swings easily, but it also doesn't store any inertia, so there's little cutting power to the stroke, and much of it is returned as bounce, away from the sapling.I could cut standing mostly upright, but the angle left sharp stakes for stumps, which had to be processed again to get them square to the ground so as not to present an impalement hazard.This thing talks a good story on a catalogue page or website but, in practice, I found it just doesn't work nearly so well as a good, sharp hatchet (Fiskars/Gerber) or short machete. It may make a satisfactory replacement for a scythe in a grain field.For brush cutting, my advice is don't buy it; don't sell it.