Fun with hand saws #5: Thats a real Bad Axe!!

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 03-27-2013 04:19 PM 3429 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If you have read any of this blog series before, you know that I really like my friends saw collection. He has 4 Bad Axe saws. Well, after using his DT saw several times, I just had to have one for myself.

10” dovetail, 0.018” saw plate, 15tpi, canted blade, black walnut handle with black nuts, thing of beauty! Mark has nicknamed this saw the ‘Copperhead Killer’. I like it.

When I was in the midst of placing my order, Mark told me it would be a 7-9 week wait. I was fine with that. But later that night as I was showing my wife the saw that I wanted, I found the exact saw that I wanted in his fresh troops section, ready for deployment. So I contacted him again and asked if it was still available, it sure was. So the next day we made all the arrangments, and it was on its way. No waiting!!

Once I had it in my hands, I made some test cuts. Starting a kerf could not be easier, it just glides into the cut with no effort what-so-ever. It is also quite fast and agressive. The saw plate is 10”, compaired to the LN which is 9”. But the LN has a more angled handle, so the total lengths are almost identical.

Overall, Mark once again lives up to his reputation. This saw is flawless.

And of course, what kind of a person would I be if I did not make myself a custom walnut, copper and black enamel pen to commemorate this amazing saw?

I know it is hard to see, but the copper tags inside the pen say “Copperhead”, “Killer”, “Bad Axe Toolworks”.

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#1 posted 03-27-2013 05:03 PM

Thats cool…how much are the saws?

-- Randall Child

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#2 posted 03-27-2013 05:33 PM

Here are the links to the LN and BS sites, of which all the prices of their tools are listed.

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#3 posted 03-27-2013 06:01 PM

I met Bad Axe Saw’s Mark Harrell at the WIA Conference two years ago. At the show I ordered his 12” hybrid saw, and have since purchased a second one. This is a great all around tennon saw, seemingly cutting just about the same across and with the grain.

Recently, Woodcraft had a “close out” on their anniversary 10” dovetail saws, which were made by Bad Axe. My son and I bought just about the last ones in Woodcraft’s inventory.

In an email, Mark told me that he is working on panel saw designs. I’m looking forward to having one that can cut plywood smoothly. He’s a small businessman and a nice guy. You can’t go wrong with any of his saws.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#4 posted 03-27-2013 09:41 PM

Gorgeous looking saw.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#5 posted 03-28-2013 02:01 AM

Sick saw buddy! Too bad you wasted all that money on a show tool when you could of had a bunch old yard sale saws that need only 4 days of work to cut almost as well as your piece of eye candy… have fun!

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#6 posted 03-28-2013 02:51 AM

Yeah tirebob? If thats your real name, I bet its really Bob Loblaw, because thats all I heard… blah blah blah! ;)

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#8 posted 03-28-2013 11:27 PM

No fighting now!

That looks like a sweet saw! regardless of how much you paid and how many days you didn’t have to spend restoring it before you could put it to work!

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#9 posted 03-29-2013 02:36 PM

He started it!!! Oh… Wait… ;)

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