My Own Road to Damascus #4: Santa came early and brought me a saw!

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Blog entry by Kookaburra posted 08-30-2012 02:23 AM 2528 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Bad Axe saw came today! I am so excited – a saw hand made especially to my specifications. I wanted to take pictures before I cut anything, so here it is fresh out of the box:

And the logo:

Since then I have cut a few small pieces and it feels great – just the right size for my hand and SHARP. I know I have never cut with a saw this nice!

For the record, here are the specifications:

Bad Axe Tool Works 16” Tenon Saw
Handle Preference: American Black Cherry
Back Preference: Gunsmith Hot-Blued Steel
Points Per Inch: 12 ppi
Filing Preference: X-Cut
Fastener Preference: Brass Slotted
Hand: 3 5/8”

Watch out wood!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#1 posted 08-30-2012 04:36 AM

That is one fine looking saw! I need to investigate this company. Congrats!

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#2 posted 08-30-2012 12:43 PM

Oh yea!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 08-30-2012 01:03 PM

That is a great looking saw and made in the SA in the land of Old Style and Special Export!!
I believe the Bad Axe river runs through there , hence the company name.

Give a work out, Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 08-30-2012 01:34 PM

Nothing is quite as good as a tool that is made for your hand and taste and that performs as it was promised.
The cost is a bit high, but the rewards of using that saw will spread it over many years and projects and make
it very reasonable. Enjoy its use, and thank you for sharing it with us.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 08-30-2012 08:32 PM

Very nice!

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#6 posted 08-30-2012 09:15 PM

Thats a drool wrothy saw ya got there. Id be making a whole pile of toothipicks just for giggles. Congrats on the new tool.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#7 posted 08-31-2012 12:57 AM

Bad Axe makes some of the finest hand tools I’ve ever seen.

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#8 posted 08-31-2012 11:02 AM

I’m Jealous.

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#9 posted 08-31-2012 01:20 PM

I haven’t heard of Bad Axe yet, but I googled it and found out there is a town in Michigan called Bad Axe. It would be cool to live there.

Where can these saws be purchased? It looks like quite a fine saw.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#10 posted 08-31-2012 03:40 PM

These are online only, I think. Here is the link:

The saws are each custom made – none are stocked. You pick how you want each component to be built – but Mark Harell is great about giving recommendations. He and I exchanced probably a dozen emails during the process. There is a wait of a couple months. He also does saw sharpening, but I have not needed that yet.

The saws start at about $200 and go up from there.

I am so excited for a long weekend – three days to cut wood! I have several projects laid out so I will be doing some serious sawing. Maybe some toothpicks too for giggles :)

Thank goodness for LJ where people understand why this makes me excited – my friends amd family say “yeah, its a saw. Big deal.”

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#11 posted 08-31-2012 03:48 PM

Oh, here is the essay that won me over to Bad Axe after they were recommended to me.

I think this quote is what won me over, but the whole essay is music to my ears.

You’ll find me not behind a curtain, but in an alleyway in the old part of town next to the bus stop. I’m the guy with saws clanking inside my trench coat. I only sell the best, and you won’t be disappointed.

Even if you are not in the market, there is a lot of useful saw information on his site.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#12 posted 09-01-2012 08:27 PM

Well I checked them out and they look like a great company. A little out of my price range for this stage of my woodworking (I currently have my eye on the Veritas line of saws), but I will definitely have to remember them for the future. I will add them to my “pie in the sky” list. Thanks for sharing.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#13 posted 09-02-2012 10:28 AM

Congratulations Kay, you’re going to love it. Make lots of practice cuts and soon it will become an extension of your arm.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#14 posted 09-02-2012 11:10 AM

I remember the day Mark sent me my first Bad Axe; I started sawing everything in sight. The cat hid for a week, just in case. Those dovetails still take practice, but the practice is sweet.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#15 posted 09-02-2012 03:25 PM

balidoug – then you know exactly what I have been doing so far this weekend. :-) Say, where did my dog go? Anyone need some cut-up cut-off scraps?

This saw cuts so smoothly – literally no effort from me, just helping it along its way. And the cuts are so nice and clean. I already am very glad I made this purchase – makes me feel this trip down the hand tools road may be a success after all!

I am smiling :-)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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