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#1 posted 07-22-2013 05:21 PM

Apples and Oranges for me.
I have a LN dovetail from when they first started out. It’s nice, it’s filed for rip. It looks cool. If I wasn’t blind as a bat it would be nice for cutting dovetails.

I’ve also got this gent’s saw – a Disston #68. It does feel a bit different in the hand, but it’s filed for crosscut and is used to cut trim. It was my grandfathers, along with the little miter-box it’s sitting on. It rides along the edge of, or in a slot on, the miter box so maintaining position isn’t an issue. And it’s still very sharp so no pressure is needed, just set it in place and let the weight of the saw drop it down through the cut. There’s a slot for it in his toolchest. I think this style saw stores easier and is less likely to get broken when someone has to take their tools with them to work every day like he did.

There’s also of course the 3rd type – the regular handle. Most of my backsaws are like that.

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