My saw came with a sheath, so I am happy with it. It rocks at cutting wood, in the picture I just defeated an asian lumberjack at a wood cutting contest, so of course this saw rocks! and for digging pits and testing snow it works well. Only downside is that is just barely short enough to fit in all of my packs, making for a tough fit sometimes.
Love this saw. I use it for snow pit stabalization testing. However, the blade sheath that comes with it is useless. It's difficult to get on. I cut my hand pretty bad while manuevering it back on the blade. Ended up making a sheath out of cardboard and lots of duct tape.
This saw is simple. Nothing other than a solid/sharp saw with a good handle. If you want a snow saw that will cut through just about anything, look here.
I won plenty of BCA gear of which I am happy. This saw however, is not one of them. There are better ones out there.
Definitely, needs a sheath. Doesn't come with one. Very sharp cutting surface, good. A little too narrow from blade teeth to back of blade. It is light.
No sheath... and sharp: It will tear your pack to hell. They say that it's the only saw to be good at cutting wood... that's because that's really all it is, a wood saw with cm marks. Lastly, it's not compact. Doesn't fit in side country pack.