The best hand saws should feature a rigid high quality carbon steel blade that stays on the cut line and doesn’t bend or buckle. The blade should feature a lacquer coating for both weather resistance and reduced friction when cutting. Blades can be as long as 550mm (22”) – the longer the blade, the longer and more efficient the stroke.
Teeth should be induction hardened, tempered, and razor sharp. Ideally they should be precision ground on three surfaces, so they cut on both on the push and pull strokes.
Heavy duty first fix saws typically feature 7 TPI for rough cuts through timber, whilst finer second fix saws with 11-14 TPI are used for cutting laminate, composite, MDF and plastics.
Check the hand saw comes with a blade sheath to protect both its teeth and your hands when you pick it up.
An ergonomic handle is an extremely important feature of the hand saw. Ideally it should be both screwed and welded to the blade. The handle should be constructed from a rubberised plastic that provides a soft comfortable grip to help keep your hand straight when cutting. Most handles are shaped to mark out 90° and 45° angles.
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