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.