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While fine teeth make for quick, accurate starts, widely-spaced teeth provide the space necessary to freely clear away cut material, resulting in a fast cut. Progressive pitch saws look to give you the best of both worlds by slowly increasing the tooth pitch across the entire blade. For example, the nine-inch saw pictured above (from Lie-Nielsen) starts at around 9 ppi, increasing the pitch by about a thousandth of an inch with each tooth to end up at around 16 ppi.

And if you’re wondering how the hell you’re going to sharpen such an oddball blade, the answer’s simple: send it back to Lie-Nielsen for a $15 re-sharpening. Street pricing starts at $135.

Progressive Pitch Saw [Lie-Nielsen]


One Response to Progressive Pitch Saws: Start Easy/Cut Fast

  1. Gary says:

    I haven’t tried this saw yet, but it does make sense. I’ve got a couple old Disston backsaws. Don’t have any LN’s yet.

    That being said, I think the biggest problem that people have with handsaws is applying to much pressure. If you’re white knuckeling the handle, ease off. If the saw is sharp, it should cut of it’s own weight – no pressure needed.

    Related to that is obviously using a sharp saw and then set. Too much set, or how wide the teeth angle out from the blade will cause a saw to bind.

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