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10-08-2019 12:55 PM

What’s a decent brand that is not stupid expensive?


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#1 posted 10-08-2019 01:40 PM

Found this post by Paul Sellers. In it he writes he has been using coping saws for over 50 years. He uses Zona Tool blades. See his post below.

https://paulsellers.com/2014/11/coping-and-the-costs-of-coping-saws-and-blades/

Disclaimer: I have not used these blades myself, but they do look pretty nice, and are not particularly expensive.
https://www.zonatool.net/cat/coping-jewelers-mini-hack-blades-saws/coping-blades-and-saws/

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#2 posted 10-08-2019 02:06 PM

I have also heard good things about the Zona blades. I bought a pack of Olson blades several years ago and have been satisfied with those. I don’t use a coping saw all that often though so I haven’t really tried any other brands.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 10-08-2019 02:09 PM

It appears Olsen and Zona are now the same. If that’s the case, Woodcraft has Eclipse coping saw frames and Olsen blades.

-- Eric

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#4 posted 10-08-2019 04:35 PM

I’ve had good results with the Olsen blades. Woodworkers Source sells them here in Phoenix.

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#5 posted 10-08-2019 07:34 PM

I bought Olsen blades from toolsforworkingwood. I don’t know any better since it’s the only blades I’ve had. They seem ok.

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#6 posted 10-08-2019 07:52 PM

I use a fret saw, which is generally a shorter length blade than a coping saw, so I am not certain if they have the longer blades, but I use the Pegas brand blades, and really like them.

As much as the blade getting used I feel the frame has as much to do with the equation as anything, and soundly suggest the Knew Concept saw to be the best, by far. There is a reason they cost more.

It appears Joel sells the longer Pegas blades

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#7 posted 10-09-2019 01:33 AM



It appears Olsen and Zona are now the same. If that s the case, Woodcraft has Eclipse coping saw frames and Olsen blades.

- Eric

They’re both owned by the same holding company (which also owns foredom flex shaft tools, and probably other stuff). I’ve bought olsen coping saw blades at one of the Borgs, they work as well as I can use a coping saw.

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#8 posted 10-09-2019 02:05 AM

I am even worse as in my opinion anything after about 1980 with the Stanley name on it sucks. Feel the same way about CRAPSMAN also.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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#9 posted 10-09-2019 02:18 AM

Olsen blades in my Disston No. 10 coping saw. And my Atkins No. 50 coping saw…..and about 4 other coping saws…

As for that Craftsman hater….Craftsman NEVER made a tool, of any sort. But, they did sell a lot of tools made by other companies…..

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#10 posted 10-09-2019 02:22 AM

You did read my post did you not. I stated anything with the names on them not made by them.

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#11 posted 10-09-2019 01:39 PM

Pegasus ++

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#12 posted 10-09-2019 01:57 PM

I have used the coping saw blades sold by Lee Valley and am very pleased with them.

-- Peter

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#13 posted 10-09-2019 04:35 PM


As much as the blade getting used I feel the frame has as much to do with the equation as anything, and soundly suggest the Knew Concept saw to be the best, by far. There is a reason they cost more.

- therealSteveN

I don’t doubt they are the best as I’ve seen enough people I sort of trust on the web saying so. As much as you can trust strangers on the internet anyway.

That said, $160 for a coping saw? They definitely saw their customers coming. No pun intended.

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#14 posted 10-09-2019 06:45 PM

I also buy the Pegas from Tools For working wood and am pleased with them. Fyi, i believe Rocklet sells the zona if you want to pick something up locally.

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