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Posted on which panel hand saws should be in one's arsenal?

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#1 posted 12-17-2017 10:44 PM

I would say focus on quality rather than quantity. Many of the saws I see in your picture appear to be post-1950 era saws when quality had begun to decrease significantly. Look for vintage saws made prior to 1928. The period from about 1870 to 1920 was the peak of saw manufacturing quality. Those saws are still readily available at reasonable prices if you search a little.

As for how many and what type, I believe 4 handsaws would be adequate for most people. Backsaws are a whole other topic. Of the 4 saws, I would have 2 panel saws (less than 24”) and two full size handsaws (greater than 24”). For the panel saws, I would have a rip of around 9 ppi and a crosscut of around 11 ppi. For the full size handsaws, I would have a rip of around 6 ppi and a crosscut of around 8 ppi. That would get you by on just about any job unless you got into really big material.

Perhaps even more important than how many or what type of saws is to ensure that your saws are properly and adequately sharpened. Even the best saw will do a poor or inefficient job if it is not properly maintained and sharpened.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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