In this guide we’ll look at the best coping saws.
We’ve compared construction material, handle comfort, included blades and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Coping Saw?
More Detailed Coping Saw Reviews
Avit AV09030 Coping Saw and Assorted Blade Set Review
Avit are a subsidiary of the famous C.K Tools brand and their range of saws, workwear and PPE are made for professionals and DIYers alike.
The Avit AV09030 Coping Saw steel frame is sturdy yet lightweight. The handle is nicely varnished and rounded so it’s comfortable to use at any angle. The tightening mechanism felt solid enough and was easy to figure out, and locked the blade without any sign of slipping.
What makes this the best coping saw for the UK market though, are the included accessories. With two metal cutting and two wood cutting blades, you should be able to tackle most jobs straight out of the box.
Bahco 301 Coping Saw Review
Bahco are a well-respected Swedish premium tool brand who make a wide range of professional grade hand tools. The 301 Bahco Coping saw that we tested felt like a quality piece of kit, as you would expect from a quality brand.
The nickel-plated steel frame is strong, yet flexible and will keep the saw frame rust-free for years. It’s the best hand coping saw made by Bahco, and the 14 TPI blade supplied will cut through wood and other materials easily.
The lacquered beech wood handle is perfect for prolonged use, and the twist action tensions the blade accurately for different jobs.
Draper 18052 Coping Saw Frame With 5 Blades Review
Draper have made the lightest coping saw on this list, but this 18052 Draper coping saw is no weakling. The chrome plated steel frame won’t rust and provides plenty of strength to stop the saw from bending when in use.
The blade can be rotated through 360° for cutting in any direction. The blue painted wooden handle fits snugly in the hand and provides the tension adjustment needed to swap blades out when needed.
We were really pleased with the range of included blades from coarse to extra fine, we know to expect good quality from Draper and expect them to last a long time.
Eclipse 70-CP1R Coping Saw [Energy Class A] Review
Eclipse are the grandfathers of all hacksaw blades. With over a hundred years of experience, this British made 70-CP1R is the best coping saw for dovetails on the list. It’s a traditional style of coping saw that feels right, coming from the brand that’s been making hand saws and wood saws since 1909.
This Eclipse coping saw is simple, basic and solid, with the manufacturer’s name stamped into the steel frame. The frame feels rigid, and the blade rotation felt smooth without losing tension.
It’s not the easiest on this list to change out blades, but if you use a quality blade you won’t have to very often. The handle is as basic and solid as the rest of the saw, made from turned beech, but it allowed for easy use at any angle.
Stanley Coping Saw 0 15 106 Review
Stanley’s FATMAX brand of tools are well respected by DIYers and professionals alike, because they’re made for hard work and usually have oversized parts for use with gloves, and are great if you have large hands.
This FATMAX coping saw keeps up that tradition with a large rubberised handle that felt extremely comfortable and grippy. The Stanley coping saw depth is excellent, and should be able to tackle any task needed for one of the best coping saws on the UK market.
The hardened carbon steel blade is sharp and straight, and easy to adjust with the oft grip handle. All in all, another great tool in the FATMAX line.
Coping Saw Buyer’s Guide
A coping saw is one of those job-specific tools that you can’t go without. Most commonly used when cutting skirting boards, it allows accurate cutting at any angle without the saw frame getting in the way.
The best hand coping saw frame is made from steel, which is light enough to handle easily but strong and flexible enough to take the forces needed for sawing. The steel frame, like that on the Draper 18052 is normally plated with chrome or another hard metal to resist rust and make it weatherproof.
Coping saw blades are normally made from high carbon hardened steel, and are available in a range of thicknesses and teeth per inch, depending on the job at hand. Thinner blades can be used to cut shapes and go around corners, and thicker ones help make straighter cuts.
The best coping saw handles like the ones on the Bahco 301 Coping Saw and Eclipse 70-CP1R are rounded, because they need to be operated from any angle. Usually, the handle is turned to change the tension of the blade, and is made from lacquered wood or soft grip rubber, like that on the Stanley FATMAX coping saw.
What sets the coping saw apart from other hand saws or wood saws in your tool box, is the ability to turn the blade inside the frame and cut at any angle.
The size and shape of the frame means that the blade can be used to cut shapes and turn corners far from the edges of the workpiece.
Similar in style to a Japanese saw, the best coping saws cut on the pull stroke, rather than the push.
How do you fit a coping saw blade?
The trick to fitting a new blade to a coping saw is standing it on its end on your workbench. Holding it securely, compress the frame inwards to release the tension on the blade. Then you can unscrew the handle to remove it from the locking pins.
What is a coping saw used for?
The most common use of a coping saw is cutting skirting boards or other mouldings, when you can’t be sure of the angle, and when the cuts need to follow uneven contours. They are often used to cut curves in sheet materials, and can be fed through a drilled hole to cut internal shapes as well.
After looking at all of these coping saws and putting them to the test, we believe the Avit AV09030 is the best coping saw for the UK market, thanks to its overall build quality and the excellent blades included.