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From the Archives: Western Backsaws

Having recently received a few questions concerning backsaws, I’ve decided to open up the archives and give you an article Christopher Schwarz, contributing editor, wrote for the Spring 2008 issue of Woodworking Magazine: “Understanding Western Backsaws.” Therein, he explains the size, tooth configurations and raison d’etre of four saws: the dovetail saw; the carcase...

On Storing Handsaws and Backsaws

Recently I’ve become somewhat obsessed by the puzzle of storing saws. During my years as a woodworker, I’ve been admonished many times for how I handle this tool. Here are a few choice ones to chew on: 1. With handsaws, you should never lay the entire tool on a flat surface. This will cause...

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Tool Test: Wenzloff & Sons Backsaws Make the Cut

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 30 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now The hand-tool crowd lives and dies by the hand saw. But even for the rest of us, no matter how many electrons we consume in our shops (and I consume my fair share) we all need a couple decent...

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Tool Test: New Small Backsaws from Gramercy Tools

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 26 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now Small straight-handled saws have a tarnished reputation these days. Except for the Lie-Nielsen versions, most are poorly made, sharpened and set. Like any saw, their problems can be fixed, but repair takes significant skill when dealing with such fine...

We Don't Need No Stinkn' Backsaws

There is great debate among the Saw Nerds (I’m a card-carrying member) about when the backsaw came into this world, kicking and screaming and whipping its lamb’s tongue to and fro. Historic documents have been read. Great thoughts have been thinked. The Internet was clicked many times. But what gets little attention is actually...

New Veritas Backsaws at Woodworking in America

Veritas is set to release two new backsaws in the next couple weeks that are based on the same architecture as the Canadian company’s very successful dovetail saw. The saws were available in the Lee Valley booth at the Woodworking in America conference last weekend, and lots of the attendees gave them a test...

Premium Backsaws: A History Lesson

Last year while I was teaching a sawing class in Michigan, one of the students brought along a dovetail saw he had purchased almost 10 years earlier but had never used. When I spied it on his workbench, I snatched it. It looked like the classic Lie-Nielsen Toolworks dovetail saw, but there was something...

Kenyon Backsaws and Handsaws for Sale Again

A sharp, balanced and well-set handsaw is the difference between avoiding handsawing and looking for excuses to pick up the tool. While it is noble to resuscitate vintage saws and put them back into working order (instead of painting pastoral scenes on them), not everyone is inclined to haunt flea markets and remove rust....