by James McConnell
Making a good handsaw is difficult; making great handsaws at a production level seems darned near impossible. The new D-8 handsaws (based on the Disston D8 and Simonds No. 72) from Bad Axe Tool Works somehow invoke all of the best things about the golden age of sawmaking in America while setting a new benchmark for quality.
Bad Axe offers the D-8 in 24″ and 26″ plate sizes in dedicated rip or crosscut configurations, and I had the pleasure of testing a 26″ ripsaw (5.5 ppi) and a 24″ crosscut saw (9 ppi). I put them straight to work breaking down 50′ of 6/4 Southern yellow pine and the ripsaw powered through 10′-long cuts with ease while the crosscut performed with precision and speed. Both tracked impeccably in both hard and softwoods.
From the February 2018 issue