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Forum topic by IkeandBerry posted 11-02-2009 06:55 PM 981 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2009 06:55 PM

I am starting to ramp up my shop and have found that I really prefer using hand tools as much as possible. I was lucky enough to purchase two antique Diston hand saws from a friend that are in excellent shape. One is an 8 tpi 26 inch rip saw and the other is a 10 tpi 26 inch crosscut saw. They both work great and I can resharpen them easily. My biggest issue right now is that I have a dozuki type back saw for cutting dovetails and it is getting pretty dull. I cannot really sharpen it. I am looking for a dovetail saw and a tenon saw that are of good quality and that I can resharpen myself. Price is somewhat of a consideration at this point. Any suggestions on places to purchase saws like this would be greatly appreciated. Most of the saws that they sell now that are not Veritas or others of that caliber are impulse hardened which means no resharpening and if I am going to buy a saw I want it to last a long time.

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#1 posted 11-02-2009 07:52 PM

Any reason you don’t want the new Veritas joinery saws? That’d be my recommendation.

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker.

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#2 posted 11-02-2009 07:56 PM

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#3 posted 11-02-2009 08:27 PM

I found an antique shop online that sold old handsaws for a decent price. I bough an old Disston backasw and resharpened it myself, and now use it for cutting dovetails. I love it, and the fact that it’s coming up on 100 years old it makes it all the sweeter to use it.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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