Dark and ancient magic of the old world was summoned to protect the secret of the new Sawzall blades. The fates Clotho and Lachesis themselves sat behind a folding table, smiling as they collected our signed blood pacts. A young lad, barely a man, foolishly took photos in its presence, and there where he stood spawned a hellmouth. Its unholy fury sucked him down into the sulfur and magma; we didn’t even know his name. So now, having reached the appointed hour, we can speak of what we saw without fear of cursed reprisal: a blade that bares fangs and does not break teeth on steel.
The new Sawzall demo blade dubbed “The Ax” is pretty damn cool. Milwaukee’s press release hits the highlights that differentiate the new Sawzall blade from the old.
The most notable change has been the shift from a 6 TPI (teeth per inch) pattern to a faster, more aggressive 5 TPI pattern. To increase tooth durability, Milwaukee has developed the patent-pending Nail Guard tooth design to prevent nails from fracturing the blade’s teeth upon impact…
… a pair of unique, fang-like teeth and an extra large gullet to deliver the fastest plunge cut available in the industry. While ordinary designs bounce or skate along the work piece surface, this Fang Tip design bites into the wood on first contact to make the cut virtually effortless.
What this means is the teeth are not shaped like traditional “saw teeth” and there is a little bump on the trailing edge of each tooth that keeps something like a nail from popping down in the gullet and forcing a failure. The bump also keeps a nail in the perfect cutting position longer, so it’s actually a quicker cut since the blade doesn’t wind up bouncing nearly as much. The plunge cut is almost literally reduced to a stab and pull of the trigger because of the Dracula fangs out front, which grab a purchase for the teeth behind them and pull the blade into the cut.
It looks about the same as any other blade at first glance, but this new style does seem to make demo more fun than it already is. Milwaukee boasts The Ax will hold up against more nail strikes than any demo blade currently on the market. We can’t wait to see how accurate that claim really is when it hits shelves in the coming weeks.
Until then, we will mourn the passing of young what’s-his-name, sacrifice a 2×4 at our saw-dusty altar, and pray the red sisters of fate hold sway with the pagan tool gods no longer.
The Ax [Milwaukee]