It breaks down to store or transport. The tension is set with heavy waxed artificial sinew. The blade tooth to tooth is 18". I plan to break down to ship. Wood is plain, unfinished,but can be oiled or shellac finished as the new owner sees fit. I won it at a local rendezvous in May 1993. It was The current blade is the 3rd, but like new, used to cut less than 12-15 * 4" branch logs. New owner can change tension cord, also, if they wish to.