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When I purchase a saw it must be made of a spring steel that can be sharpened with a file. The Crown gentleman’s tenon saw is great for it. It is also excellent for fine cuts. This is due to the amount of the teeth per inch and saw set. Usually I use it to make dovetail joinery since it produces excellent cut surface and saw kerf isn’t large. One recommendation I would make is to sharpen the saw since it comes not Super sharpened—this is understandable, because when it’s on a display at a store you don’t want to cut yourself.
I have purchased this saw for cutting some dovetails in pine and other soft woods. Though the teeth are pretty small, it cuts pretty well with a little bit of pressure and proper technique. The brass spine insures that the blade doesn't flex allowing for some tight clean joints.
Had to comment here! My Mum bought me this saw 40 years ago in our home town of NZ from a model train store, along with a jig for cutting my small scale model rail. Long story longer, 25 years later, she came across it in her house in NZ, and thoughtfully brought it to me on one of her visits. I was thrilled to see it. 40 years later, as I occasionally make sawdust for a living, my seasoned Sheffield Steel, "Gentle-mans' Backsaw" is called upon. Thanks for reading my long blurb. I hope particular tools of yours, or perhaps this particular saw, provide unique and special to you at least stories for everyone. Kia ora, GW
Ordered this saw a few days back to use in my furniture studio because every furniture design student here has one and I am extremely pleased with the results. It was sharp and straight and allowed me to make some great cuts. I'd definitely recommend this saw.
The Crown 8" Gents' saw is a good tool. Yes, as another reviewer noted, it's a little difficult to do cross-cuts, but hand-cut dovetails require a saw with this stiffness. For both, the saw makes the user exercise the patience necessary to cut the joint properly. If well maintained, it should last years, as another reviewer noted.
The gents saw work very well considering the price point. Had trouble starting the cut without scratching down the wood next to where I wanted to saw. I later purchased a Japanese dovetail saw, which cuts on the pull stroke, and I will never go back to western saws.
Overall a handy little saw to do rough work in soft wood. The first 2 inch is bowed so if I want a straight cut I can only use the last 4 inchs. Also the teeth are only cut and set. They are not sharpened. The set is consistant. Other than that its a good looking saw. You get what you pay for.
I bought this saw to cut spruce for an aircraft project. Maybe my saw came from a bad batch but it isn't very sharp. It's really well made and the cut is relatively clean but cutting across the grain is difficult. I've returned to using X-acto razor saws.
Disappointed! I am comparing this to my japanese saw which is not really a great way to compare but, this saw was dull & the saw kerf is substantially larger than my japanese saw. I purchased this saw for the sole purpose of cutting dove tails. Unfortunately i returned the saw due to its lack of performance. This saw is very inexpensive & looks great but just didn't stand up to my standards. Even if i were to sharpen the blade the size of the kerf is a big factor.