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Posted on Who makes the best dovetail saw? Lie Nielsen? Adria? Wenzloff & Sons? Gramercy?

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#1 posted 05-28-2008 10:19 PM

I use two inexpensive Japanese saws; dozuki and ryoba, a restored Disston tenon saw and both L-Ns; dovetail and carcase. I love using them all. Now, if I had to take only one with to a deserted island it would be the Japanese ryoba as I could do just about anything with it—rips, crosscuts and even dovetails with a saw guide.

I’ve used Adria’s, L-Ns, Garlicks, Paragons, Disstons and Bishops for dovetails and the reality is that the expensive saws are ready to go out of the box whereas an old tool will have to be tuned and sharpened properly before its potential can be realized.

If you’re a noob then I’d give a cheap dozuki a shot at impressing yourself as I believe pulling is easier to learn and the kerf is miniscule. The handmade saws will teach you how a Western saw should cut and feel at a price that guarantees performance and a butt load of snob appeal. Mine have rosewood handles and saw cozies….


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