Yah, I bought this one too. I really hated it at first, and still do not really like it, but I got it into usable shape. I find that its balance and weight are bad for me, but you can get used to it. The real problem was how the saw was sharpened out of the box. The teeth were sharpened way too passive. I sawed and sawed and made little progress. This made sawing ridiculously slow, and also very inaccurate. I put the saw aside for maybe a year till I had more experience sharpening and then fixed it. I made the teeth properly aggressive and added some set. The saw now cuts fast and true. So the bottom line, from my experience at least, is you have to change the geometry of the teeth on this saw. Which means you have to learn to sharpen. It sounds from your post that you have not done that before. Paul, and others, have videos on sharpening. It does take practice, and maybe you do not want to learn on your new Veritas saw. I learned on a rather cheap Disston tenon saw. I must say I screwed up the teeth something terrible on my first try, but the good news is that figuring out how to fix screwed up teeth is very instructive, and even fun, at least on a saw you do not care about!