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Any super-fine hand saw we can pick up for under $10 is worth a look.  Fine-tooth stiff-backed saws like these from Lee Valley are a bit on the specialized size for some; however, at these price points you could throw one in the drawer for a few bucks and be ready for super fine work when the time comes — and not break a twenty for both of ’em.  I’ve used these for fine work in modelmaking and such, and I’m glad to have ’em around.

These saws can cut a variety of materials including wood, plastic, and brass.  Both saws have ripping teeth that are so fine they leave a smooth finish regardless of grain direction.  Their blades also won’t bind in most cases because they only cut on the pull stroke.

The larger saw has a 6-1/2″ long by 1-1/8″ deep blade with 24 teeth per inch, cuts a 0.014″ kerf, and sports a lacquered maple handle.  The smaller saw has a 52 TPI tooth count for delicate work — cutting inlay stringing, musical instrument construction, and fine model work.  Its blade is 4-1/2″ long by 7/16″ deep and produces a kerf of 0.010″.

Even if they aren’t super quality $9 for the larger and $4 for the smaller is a good investment.

Razor Saws [Lee Valley Tools]
Street Pricing [Froogle]
Buy Now It from Amazon [What’s This]

 

5 Responses to Cheap-Ass Tools: Razor Saws

  1. Roscoe says:

    These have drastically improved my woodworking, both in neatness and time saved. Woodworking Magazine has a good entry on why you shouldn’t pick up any old flush cutting saw from the local big-box: http://www.woodworking-magazine.com/blog/How+Tool+Tests+Begin.aspx

  2. SuperJdynamite says:

    So the link text for amazon.com links says “Buy It Now From Amazon” which could be construed to mean that when you click on the link you’ll instantly and automatically purchase the item using amazon’s “1 Click” feature (also called “Buy It Now” on other sites). I would change the link text to give the impression that you’ll be able to look at the product page before buying.

  3. Chuck Cage says:

    SuperJ: Sounds like a good idea. Maybe something like “Via Amazon” or the like?

  4. nrChris says:

    Chuck / SuperJ,

    You are right. A simple “on Amazon” or something to that effect would be nice. I have my Amazon 1 Click turned off for a similarly embarassing reason where I wound up owning a somewhat unwanted music CD. Live and learn, right.

  5. Kurt Schwind says:

    The image used makes it look like you can cut out wheels with this thing. I take it that that isn’t the case.

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