Through wheeling and dealing and some horse trading, I wound up with a couple of nice back saws. As promised, a review and comparison.
The first is a Lie-Nielsen 10 tpi rip (top)
The second is this one. its 11 ppi crosscut (bottom)
Now I know its really not a fair comparison, they are two different saws, so think of it as more of a double review.
First, if you don’t know Wally331, you should read his profile.
Now on to the saws.
Both are very nice, but its easy to tell the LN is produced different. It has more of a mass produced look. Its not meant to be a negative comment, but Wally’s has a hand made feel.
I like the wood better in Wally’s although the cherry in the LN is nice, its just not as nice.
Next is the tote. The LN is square and could use some rounding to be more comfortable, or at least as comfortable as Wally’s. The LN is not uncomfortable, but you can feel the difference.
Both have a decent 3 finger hold for my hand.
Also the angle of attach is different, and it makes Wally’s just a little more comfortable.
They both cut superb. Obviously different since one is a rip and the other a crosscut, but I would put them equal as to sharp.
I did test cuts in poplar, oak and ash. I made both cross cuts and rips. All went extremely well.
I also like the hand made nuts Wally used. To some this may be a negative, but as a guy who make tools by hand, I am very impressed.
I should note when I got Wally’s saw the handle was loose. The wood had dried in transit. definitely not Wally’s fault and a little shim material did the trick.
Wally’s saw could use a little more set. He told me it may need a little more, and it could use it, but for a first saw, I am beyond impressed with it. I will add a little set the first time I have to sharpen it. I doubt that will be soon.
All in all I would give both saws a high rating. They both perform superbly.
But I have one huge dilemma. The woodworker in me wants to hang Wally’s saw in the shop and use the crap out of it, it’s just that nice. The collector in my however wants to make a display case and hang it with my collector planes. Who know what the very first saw of Wally331 will be worth in 20 years, should he follow his calling and become the next LN.
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