Correct Hold of a Gents Saw

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  • #135748
    Scott Morgan
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    With normal saws (tenon, dovetail) the usual technique is to grip with three fingers whilst the index finger points along the cut. Is there any similar handling technique with the handle on the gents saw?

    The simple straight handle always looks like it might be a bit unwieldy to manage, twisting around the axis of the handle, but the design seems to have lasted so I guess it does the job.

    #135749
    David Perrott
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    Yes its similar. I have my index finger pointing like any other saw. I picked one up at a flea market. I know P.S. said there is more in-line thrust with these. I like it for dovetails. I find it’s easier to adjust the saw in the cut. I really like it. It works way better than my disston toted saw. Never could get that to work well consistently. The only issue I have had with the gents saw, your hand can tire out more quickly. When I did all the dovetails for the hanging tool cabinet, my hand did get tired. I wish veritas would make their gent saw with a less teeth.

    #135824
    Scott Morgan
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    Had a quick try this weekend, handled much better than I expected. Managed to get neat, straight cuts. But I could well imagine that heavy usage would tire your hand.

    #135827
    David Perrott
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    Don’t let my comments about it tiring your hand out cloud your judgement! Experiment for your self! There are a lot of variables involved. Maybe I was griping too tightly that day. I think its best to find out what you like and what works best for you by doing not reading. The style of tools I like now is not what I expected to be interested in when I started!

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