05 Feb Three British Saws from Garrett Wade
The new pad saw (item 35T01.11, $36.01, also known as a keyhole, jab or alligator saw) fits into places that others won’t. It’s made in Sheffield, England by the renowned Joseph Marples company, which has been making fine woodworking tools since 1840. Modern versions of this saw tend to have a fixed blade and are thrown away once dull. The Marples design features a retractable blade that stores in the Beech wood handle and is secured by a twin-screw brass ferrule. The blade can be shortened as necessary, virtually eliminating flex while you make fine cuts. The 10”, 10 TPI blade is sturdy and sharp; replacement blades (35T01.12) are $7.95.
The new Pax veneer saw (35T01.09, $38.01) has 15 teeth per inch and a rosewood handle. Used for inlay, marquetry and veneer work, it’s manufactured in Sheffield by a company with nearly 250 years of experience. The elevated offset rosewood handle is designed to give you just the right amount of clearance when working against a guide, and the slight bow of the blade delivers clean, tear-free cuts. One side of the blade is filed in a crosscut pattern and the other is filed for rip cuts, and the blade is a scant 0.022” thick. No other tool can do what it can.
The last member of this trio, the Pax Razor Saw (35T01.08, $38.01) makes very fine, accurate cuts. Similar in appearance to a gent’s saw but on a much smaller scale, it features an extremely fine 40 TPI blade made from whisper-thin 0.01” steel. While it’s perfectly useful in any wood, it excels in very soft materials like balsa wood, which would be mangled by many other, coarser saws. It’s also great to use with plastics and soft metals. Made in Sheffield, England, by Thomas Flinn, it features a walnut handle with a brass ferrule and a mirror-polished brass back.