I jumped on someone else's idea about a Japanese-style pullsaw as a BP saw and liked what I came up with. But they are $15 at the garden center and I can't find any at my latittude. So I wondered about bandsaw blades. Compared to a pruning pullsaw, they are cheaper, thicker, have more side cut but each tooth isn't as sharp.
I bought a 93" bandsaw for $11. I got the thickest gauge (0.025) and width (1/2") that I could find. 4 teeth per inch seems about right. Maybe 6 TPI is good, too. Any finer is too fine. Here is the blade's specs and weight (tared to eliminate box weight) of 1.4 grams per inch:
I tried a 12" length as a pullsaw but didn't use the last few inches, so I went to 9.5" by cutting the blade with tin snips. Then I rounded the end and ground in finger grooves on a belt sander. Most of them I dipped in Plasti Drip to cushion the grip and make them easier to see.
I used fine emery clothe to sand the handles and then dipped them every 30 minutes, 3 times each, and let them dry overnight. Uncoated they weighed 12 grams each. Coated, they weighed 14 grams each. I was going to offer you guys and gals some of each, but the coated ones are SO much better - because the friction is greater, you don't have to grip them so tightly to saw wood - that I've now coated all of them.
When I tested them, they work much better on wet and wet&frozen wood than the Japanese pull saw. You cut on the pull only, they aren't stiff enough to push much so the teeth are set towards the handle. They work nicely on 1" stuff and are workable on 2" branches. In a pitch, you could saw 3" diameter or a 2x4, but I'd wear a sock as a glove to do that. For me, up here amongst all the dead and dying spruce with those dead branches low on the trunk, I'll mostly use my Japanese pullsaw (19 grams with coated handle) although I've got $15 into it. For the price, these bandsaw blades are sweet and better in wet wood and bigger stuff because they have side cut and leave a wider cut. $1.25 of materials and a bit lighter at 14 grams.
I did offer to send the 7 extra ones to members/non-members for free. I've got 7 requests now. JohnN, JimD, CullenS, BrentD, TadE, GabeP are addressed and ready to go. MikeS: Yes. Send me an Irish address.
Editted to rotate images. And then to retract the offer because they're all spoken for.
Happy Trails. Flame on.