Fun with hand saws #3: Them some real Bad Axes Cletus!

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 09-20-2012 02:03 AM 2975 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here are two more Bad Axe saws that are owned by my friend.

This is a 12” Hybrid dovetail/small tenon saw. Featuring steel back and nuts with a mesquite handle. 14tpi. This saw has a 12” plate, longer than a conventional DT saw, the saw plate is also canted. The teeth are sharpened in a rip format. With these option, this saw ran somewhere around the $300 USD for price.

This is the 14” Sash saw. Copper back, with black split nuts. 13 tpi, filed cross cut. These options bring to saw to somewhere around $370.

I would have preferred to test these saws along side some others to do some comparisons. But the LN and LV’s that I have available to me are not similar in their size and tooth configuration to make any side by side testing valid.

But I will say this… these saws are fast, smooth and accurate.

Using the 12” saw, and some 6/4 thick walnut, I made 3 cuts going until the saw bottomed out. That’s a cut depth of 2.5”, my average cuts to bottom out was 24! That’s fast, really fast.

Putting that same chunk of walnut onto my bench hook, and using the sash saw to cut it across the grain. Again 6/4 thick, and 10/4 wide, my average to cut through was 25.
I also noted that neither saw drifted at all. All the surfaces that were left behind were smooth and clean.

I have no issues saying these are the best saws that I have ever used, and are well worth what they cost. Side note here, I love Steampunk, so the copper back to me is just awesome! I was so impressed with my friends saw that I could not resist…..

Making this mequite and copper pen to match the saw.

I am sorry if this post seemed like a Bad Axe advertisment. It was not. I love hand saws, and my friend had some hand saws that I asked to borrow and play with, and these are just my thoughts.

Up next time… hopefully something about panel saws.

Also, if you have something negative to say, or want to scoff at the price, please don’t.

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#1 posted 09-20-2012 03:38 AM

those are nice saws. i was on thier web site last nite,drooling. the LV is $100 less…on the carcas saw

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#2 posted 09-20-2012 03:50 AM

They are beautiful…so the value is there vs a LV, LN, or other saw at a slightly lower price point, in your opinion? How long was the wait for the saw?

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#3 posted 09-20-2012 04:16 AM

Dude: more like 200.

Shane: Thats a really loaded question. I cover it a bit in the first blog in this series. But the short answer is… Yes, they are worth every cent.
From what I am told, the wait was 2-3 months.

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#4 posted 09-20-2012 04:31 AM

I got mine first Bad Axe saw a few weeks ago. I waited about 4 months. Mark Harrel is having a special promotion right now if you order before 30 September. 10% off and guaranteed delivery before Christmas – Mission Santa Saws. This is noted on the first page of his website:

That, of course, means that I will be ordering one or two more for my Christmas present :-)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#5 posted 09-20-2012 02:00 PM

I am up to four of Mark’s saws now… Absolutely they are worth every penny! That said you can of course cut joinery with a whole lot less and do a phenomenal job, but there is no doubt Mark’s saws are some of the very best available from any artisan maker today!!!

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#6 posted 09-20-2012 02:12 PM

I purchased a Bad Axe 12” hybrid saw at the Woodworking in America Conference last year. Mark makes great saws and is a nice guy to deal with. I had to wait about six months for delivery as he was basically a one man shop. He is expanding his operation in order to reduce lead times.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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