High quality saws by Pax have been made in Sheffield, England since 1776, right about the time that steel for making saws was first available in commercial quantities. In those days, craftsmen used handsaws ten hours a day, six days a week, so these tools had to be up to the challenge. As more and more people re-discover the efficiency and pleasure of using hand tools, handsaws are having a well-deserved comeback. The key, of course, is finding a well-crafted, hand-sharpened saw like those made by Pax. They are truly some of the finest handsaws available today, with features that make your work come out better. The blade of a Pax saw is taper-ground, which means that the back of the saw is ground slightly thinner than the cutting edge, so that the saw doesn't bind in the cut. The saw is "breasted," which means that the edge of the saw with the teeth is slightly convex. The curve counteracts the natural swing of hand sawing, putting more teeth in contact with the wood and cutting faster. These saws are hand sharpened by filing, a traditional method for top-of-the-line saws because it produces a better result than machine sharpening. The handles are of fine, two-tone, steamed beech with a durable hard gloss surface that will last a long time.
Saws are categorized by the number of teeth per inch (point or pt.), and whether the teeth are set for ripping or crosscutting. Ripsaws are for cutting with the grain, whereas crosscut saws are for cutting against the grain. Finer point blades cut slower, but leave a smoother cut.We are pleased to announce the manufacture and re-introduction of a full 28" rip saw for the first time in at least 30 years (not illustrated)!