Tools for Working Wood
The Gramercy Tools 14" Saw Vise
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  Saws
  Sharpening

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A good saw vise is crucial when you hand-sharpen a saw. Most of the saw vises we see on the antique market are lighter duty saw vises with built in clamps for temporarily clamping to a bench for sharpening in the field. We have used them for years. Unfortunately the bench clamp and pivot makes even the best of them sit too high on a bench and adds a little flex. Flex is a no-no when sharpening - it makes the saw teeth vibrate and shortens file life. Even the great old Disston no. 3Ds, the best of the portable vises isn’t super-solid, and on a lot of those the levers are worn out so that they don’t clamp tight enough.

You can make a wooden shop made saw vise pretty easily and they can be as simple or as complicated or as cumbersome or convenient as you wish. Saw-making companies used large, steel, shop made clamps for sharpening their big saws, those were never really commercially available.

The best of the antique saw vises that you do find were designed for mounting on a bench which makes them far more solid. Less vibration means faster sharpening and longer file life. One day we got our hands on a saw vise like that - a late 19th century Wentworth no. 2. It was a different world. The rotating clamping cam gives tons of pressure at the jaws, it sits lower on the bench, it’s easier on the back, you could work sitting down, and it was rock solid. It was our inspiration.

Our version of this style saw vise is a workhorse. It has a 14" machined steel jaw so that you can solidly clamp most backsaws without repositioning it during filing, and hold a handsaw with only one repositioning.

The jaws of a lot of old cast saw vises are marked up by files caused when someone was trying to clamp a saw low in the vise (for less vibration) but also add some slope to the gullets by tilting the file down. Our machined 1/4" thick steel jaws solve this problem and are at a 45 degree angle to the saw blade so that you have plenty of clearance to easily add in as much slope as you might like. This is a great opportunity to try out some of the early saw filing patterns which used angled gullets for enhanced performance. We are really pleased to say that our sharpening person here actually prefers it to the original antique.

Made in USA.
"The Gramercy saw vise turned my Wentworth into a bass boat anchor. The Gramercy has 14" jaws that grip the saw so tightly that the vise and saw seem as one entity. As a result, filing with it is quieter and smoother." - Chris Schwarz Woodworking Magazine Blog
  
Customer Reviews:

Excellent Vise

By: Adam Welker (May, 2014)

I received my vise last week and immediately put it to use. The construction is solid and it holds a saw tightly. It is very easy to use once solidly mounted to a bench. My only quibble is that the rear jaw isn't perfectly parallel with the front jaw. The vise works great though and the slight defect doesn't affect it during use.
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woodworker

By: Chris Kenney (Dec, 2013)

Just received my saw vise and sharpened two saws. I don't know why I wasted my money and purchased those cast iron antiques. The Gramercy vise holds the saw fast and straight. No saw slippage or saw falling out of vise. Very high quality and it works the way a saw vise should. You only get what you pay for! I give it 5 stars.
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The only saw vice to own

By: Regis Will (Apr, 2013)

I've had my saw vice for several years and I use it to maintain all of my saws and some of my friends saws. Easy to use, never fussy, holds tight and is never in the way. Would buy another but I doubt I'd ever need to.
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Sharp saws, smooth cuts

By: Nathan (Mar, 2013)

This vise holds sawplates tightly, eliminating vibration that leads to poorly sharpened saws. One other feature that I like on this is the inclusion of two holes on the cam lever. This allowed me to easily mount a long, wooden handle onto the lever so that I can operate the clamping mechanism with a knee or foot while positioning the saw with both hands.
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Good Quality

By: Jason (Mar, 2013)

I bought this saw vice about a year ago. It has been a joy to use. When it came, it had a small bur on the inside of the jaws that was scratching the saw plate. This was an easy fix and I have had no problems since. I have been able to use this for everything from sharpening to retoothing saw plates. I highly recommend this vice.
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A great saw vice makes all the difference

By: Jim McCoy (Mar, 2013)

My wife gave me one of these for Christmas a couple years ago and I've been learning to sharpen my hand saws with it. It works a lot better than the wooden ones I had tried making my self. I've restored several hand saws and backsaws using this vice and Ron Herman's instructions. Now I actually enjoy keeping my saws sharp.
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