I have the Pax 12″ 1776 crosscut and rip, real nice saws. I also have the Lie- Nielsen 14″ tenon saws, and smaller carcass saws.
It’s personal choice,but I’m not into buying older saws and doing them up, I like to buy a good new one and look after it.
I love both Lie-Nielsen and Pax saw’s, but I do prefer the folded brass backs on the Pax, and yes they are heavy but that is a great help to me.
Good luck buddy, I hope you pick the right one for you.