|Review by ars||posted 06-16-2010 09:53 AM||4175 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
For the past several months I’ve been on somewhat of a handtool kick, with a focus on DTs. Like most people I started with a Japanese pull saw, because it was cheaper. I just couldn’t get comfortable with the straight handle and also don’t like cutting on the pull stroke, bottom line was I wanted a western saw.
Anyways I went to my local Woodcraft to pick up a couple unrelated items and I asked one of the employee’s if they could order me one of those new $80 Veritas DT Saw’s. He told me Veritas is anal about which products they allow stores to carry. And luckily for me the DT saw is one of those restricted items.
I proceeded to look at/ molest one of the LN DT saw’s and after a couple minutes I was sold. First off it’s a beautiful looking saw, with that tiger maple handle. Holding the saw was a pleasure in itself, the pistol grip causes your hand to melt around it. I think this is the most “comfortable” tool I own.
I’m a straight newbie when it comes to hand tools so I don’t have much to compare this saw to, but for what it’s worth this is the smoothest, straightest, most user friendly saw I’ve ever used. I was absolutely amazed by how much easier it was to cut square and straight. Actually it can only cut straight, because it’ll bind up if it’s not. That old saying “let the saw do the cutting..” is actually true, all you have to do is point and it’s on auto pilot. And the 15 tpi is not that big a deal to get started, just back off on the pressure and it’ll start.
By no means is that picture I posted a great joint, but I felt like I had to post an example of a DT I made with the saw.
Anyways I recommend this saw to anyone considering, at around $130 it’s worth every penny. My only regret was getting a Japanese saw first.