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I'm trying to decide which way to go on hand saws (not joinery saws - panel saws).

I've got a couple of old Distons that I might be able to tune up into users, but I'm not smart enough on handsaws to really know.

I've also been looking at:

Pax
Wenzloff
Lie Nielsen

I'm not certain just how much ripping I'll be doing, but I'm determined to at least learn good sawing (sawyering?) techniques, and as with all things, crappy tools = crabby woodworker.

So, any Pax or Wenzloff owners want to pitch in? I read a review on the LN on this board, and it looks pretty sweet (my joinery saws are all LN). I know nothing about Pax.

I'm thinking of something in a 20" 8-10 tpi crosscut and a 26" 6-7 tpi rip. Does that sound right?
 

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Thanks Shannon. I've picked up a couple of old Disstons over the past couple of years. I'll probably contact Mark and see if they're worth rehabbing. I'd like to have a decent pair of panel saws available, though they probably won't get used a lot (unlike my 'joinery' saws - dovetail, carcase and tenon.
 

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Randy,

Yes, in fact I do have a couple of Japanese saws. So far though, I haven't found any that are quite right (for me) for larger crosscutting/ripping. Plus, I'm kind of getting into western saws, sharpening, etc. As others have pointed out - a very slippery slope. I'm sure that it's heresy (for both western and Japanese saw people), but my current "go-to" saw for rough cutting (2×4s, etc) is a Marples 12" carpenters pull saw.
 
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