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Handy, Cheap Utility Handsaw

Handy, Cheap Utility Handsaw

06-05-2016 01:30 PM by CharlesA | 4 comments »

I bought this Do It Best handsaw when I needed one on the road and I had very limited choices. I didn’t have high hopes for it, but thought it would get me out of a jam, and it’s only $13. Turns out I use it all the time. Now when I need to cut a piece off of a rough cut board for milling, etc. I don’t reach for my jigsaw or always stick it on the miter saw. If it is just one cut, I grab this little handsaw and usually have the cut done before I’d have the power ...

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Poorly Finished Saw

Poorly Finished Saw

10-18-2015 08:22 PM by kd_walmsley | 4 comments »

Summary: Poor workmanship, poor communication, high price. Pros: The saw was in stock and shipped quickly. Very well packaged for shipping via FedEx. Cons: The saw blade was finished worse than one from Home Depot. No exaggeration or sarcasm. Refer to the posted pictures. The finish of the blade is poor with patches of dark, deep, coarse gouges, oblique to the rest of the finish, like those from a belt sander. There are numerous smaller scratches from apparent poor handling that r...

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My "Entry-Level" Dovetail Saw

My "Entry-Level" Dovetail Saw

10-17-2015 02:14 PM by DylanC | 0 comments »

Let me start by saying this is my first venture into the world of anything other than a “construction” grade handsaw. My thoughts and opinions here are based on a whopping 10 minutes of experience. I was looking at this saw as an inexpensive alternative to a traditional dovetail saw, and because I didn’t think I would care for a “Gents” saw because of the handle style. The blade is 0.025” at thick and 0.035” at the teeth. This is a bit thicker than a comparable Veritas, ...

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Dozuki Style, But Some Differences

Dozuki Style, But Some Differences

10-17-2015 01:59 PM by DylanC | 1 comment »

Let me start by saying this is my first venture into the world of anything other than a “construction” grade handsaw. My thoughts and opinions here are based on a whopping 10 minutes of experience. I was looking at this saw as an inexpensive alternative to a traditional dozuki style saw as I build my tool set. At less than 1/4 the cost of a Z-saw, I didn’t have much to lose. Anyway, the thing is a bit of a monster at just over 21” in length, with the cutting port...

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Great flush-cut saw

Great flush-cut saw

06-15-2015 02:23 PM by BinghamtonEd | 19 comments »

I’ve owned this saw for about 2 years now, and have been really pleased with it. I’ve used it for tasks ranging from flush-cutting hardwood dowels to trimming baseboard molding back in place to fit a heater. Just yesterday I used it to flush-cut some 1/4”x1/4” white oak filler strips. It’s still cutting well and very sharp. If this breaks, or wears down, or someone walks off with it, I will definitely go buy another one. I’ve tried a few dovetails with...

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Fantastic Customer Service from Blackburn

Fantastic Customer Service from Blackburn

05-25-2015 12:40 AM by Wally331 | 1 comment »

As a small time handsaw manufacturer myself I know the value of customer service and can tell you that Issac runs one of the best handsaw businesses around. I had ordered a carbide spade bit from him (for drilling saw-plates and was having problems with the edge shattering. After it had happened twice I contacted him asking for advice. Even though it was just over email he was great to talk to and eventually I was able to solve my problems by further slowing down my drill press and reducing f...

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Gramercy Tools Sash Saw Kit

Gramercy Tools Sash Saw Kit

04-10-2015 10:41 PM by Redoak90 | 3 comments »

I purchased the Gramercy tools sash saw kit a few weeks back. The kit comes with a saw plate with a brass back and 2 pairs of saw nut and bolt in brass. The saw was packaged in an anti-rust paper with bubble wrap. Nothing was damaged when it arrived and it looked flawless. No scratches, dings, or dents present. The saw is 14” long has 13 ppi and a 0.02” saw plate. I bought the kit because the only saw I had was a Veritas dovetail saw and wanted a larger saw to cut larger pie...

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Comparison of two inexpensive dovetail saws

Comparison of two inexpensive dovetail saws

04-03-2015 11:53 PM by CharlesA | 10 comments »

I am not a dovetail saw expert—this review reflects my experience with the Zona dovetail saw and the Crown Gents saw as I’ve been learning to hand cut dovetails. I’ve had the Crown Gents saw for a couple of years and picked up the Zona saw this week. The Zona saw is a U.S. made, very inexpensive saw. The fit and finish on the Zona is not too impressive. Compared to the Gents saw, the Zona saw cuts a little slower—that wasn’t too notable on 1/2” ply...

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Fat Max backsaw must be the homeowner line

Fat Max backsaw must be the homeowner line

01-26-2015 10:39 PM by Pat83 | 2 comments »

I purchased this saw because I had misplaced my Buck Brothers el cheapo that works just fine. The price was very reasonable, about $20. The teeth feel sharp to the touch but I always feel like I’m cutting a pinched board when sawing. I’ve tried it on pine and ash, both were difficult to cut and I think the kerf is narrower than the rest of the blade. I will be replacing this saw very soon.

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Cuts Like a Dream

Cuts Like a Dream

09-23-2014 02:10 AM by grfrazee | 4 comments »

For those of you who don’t know, LJ Wally331 is currently a senior in high school. He also happens to be rather skilled at making hand saws. I commissioned Chris to make me a 10”, 14 TPI dovetail saw. It has a brass back, hand-shaped African bloodwood handle, and hand-filed teeth. The saw’s split nuts are hand made as well. To put it simply, this saw cuts wonderfully. I had no problem sawing parallel lines down a piece of scrap pine and walnut, and the saw rode bea...

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