If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. The disadvantages are that they the cannot easily be used one-handed like a straight saw can, nor do you have very much control compared to a straight saw. Here is a link to my blog on frame saws – One thing I would advise is to make sure the cross bar of the frame saw is about half way between the blade and tensioning windlass. Another thing we liked about the Sabercut is the possibility to carry a small chainsaw chain file to sharpen the teeth.
A pull saw is similar to most traditional saws, except the teeth are designed to cut with a pulling motion. Most bi-metal bandsaw blades (or impulse-hardened ones) will stay sharp a lot longer than a bowsaw blade, unless the bowsaw blade has also been impulse hardened. If stretching the blade under tension ruins what set there might of been, then the bahco blades are crapper than I thought.
Sharpening chain saws was Paul’s exclusive job, and I soon understood what a really sharp saw could do. He used only a round file, a vise welded the bucket of his tractor, and a well-trained eye to get results that sent long curls of wood showering out of the saw he gave me to cut through oak, oral and hickory. Craftsman saw that someone gave me for doing some work for them, and I can tell you from experience that none of them even come close to the Stihl or the Husqvarna.
The grinding wheel followed by the file, or the file alone, may be all that’s needed to sharpen your shovel and hoe, but sharper tools need dressing with a whetstone. If it wasn’t so difficult to pack the saw back in the case, that might be a more appealing, if not exactly necessary, feature. Below we show a cut from the Sabercut Saw on the right and the Unbelievable Chainsaw on the left.
We did not experience any hangs while using the commando saw during multiple cuts. The tip of the file should be pointing towards the tip of the saw and the file handle towards the saw handle. As I do a fair bit of cutting branches and medium sized trunks I have invested in what I understand was a fairly top of the range (Bahco 24 inch) bow saw.I was fairly chuffed that it was displaying a replacement blade at just under 10 euro (new!!). A backsaw is a thick-bladed saw with a stiff, reinforced back to provide the rigidity necessary for precision cutting. The only saw that I do have handy but I don’t use all the time is a coping saw.
Setting a saw means bending alternate teeth outwards to either side, making the cut wider than the blade, so that the latter does not jam. If you’re in Europe, you can get ECE frame saw blades at -/ That web site seems to suggest that the western-style blades can be resharpened. Studies show that dull or improperly maintained saw chains are the true source of most bar-related failures. I can single buck an oak log that size in less than ten minutes with a good saw.
Filing: It is uncommon to find a vintage saw with well filed teeth, and as such, most old saws need some re-filing to define the correct tooth geometry before they can be properly set and sharpened. The capability of exchanging saw blades is already there, so it would seem logical to add different style blades to the package. If you set the saw down on the bench, the teeth would point straight down (or up, if you like to live dangerously).
Next in line was the MIL-S-9964 saw by Bestway Products The first thing we noticed about the MIL-S-9964 saw is the rings are attached with a heavy duty bolt. Filing in toward a sharpened edge is most effective, but be careful you don’t push so far forward that you slide your hand into the blade. Whatever the precise geometry, those knife edges cut the fibers, and the resulting saw dust piles up in the gullets, the spaces between the teeth. I suspect that the blades are a standard hard toothed carbon steel that can be sourced from most blade manufacturers.
Too bad, but you will have work to do. The first thing you need to do is make them all the same height by jointing the saw properly. The sawing/cutting section on the Commando Wire Saw and MIL-S-9964 military saw is a spiral serrated wire versus the more chainsaw-like type saw design of the Sabercut and Unbelievable saw. Place the buck saw blade in the saw vise with the teeth up and pointing to the right.
We also provide cleaning, straightening, setting, and sharpening for racing and competition versions of crosscut saws and bow saws. Backsaws” are specifically designed for fine joinery work (they have a rigid steel or brass back to keep the blade stiff). It is a hard one (no pun) because I have found some of the metal cutting bandsaw blades will file quite readily with a regular saw file. Once you have determined the type of tooth you want and have studied the angles, it’s time to pick up your saw sharpening tools and get started.
If you are planning for long term survival, or survival with a lack of petroleum fuels, you might want to consider how you would replace your existing chain saw with a proper hand tool, albeit very calorie-intensive (rather than gas guzzling). The saw I own now has a 61.5-cubic centimeter engine; if I were to make a recommendation to a friend with a woodstove to feed, I’d say buy a saw with at least a 45-cc motor.
I was able to pick up a spare blade for the Trailblazer at the local Canadian tire. Its narrow, tapered blade goes where other saws can’t, and its teeth can chew through tough material like drywall. Passing a Hand Ax: Grasp the handle close to the head with the handle pointed away from you and the blade tilted to the side. Only down side is 10 tpi is coarsest available and I’m not sure of the tooth pattern if one wanted the saw for ripping.
I sharpen chainsaw chain, hand crosscut saws, bandmill blades, and even hardened bow saw blades. The saw weighs in at 4.05 oz. (115 grams), the case at 2.11 oz. (60 grams), for a total all-up weight of 6.16 oz. (175 grams). Don’t sharpen the extreme edge of the tool (the angle of the edge will get obtuse), work on the bevels and maintain the acute angle of the edge. This also works for tuning up western dovetail saws as well (or any saw for that matter). The crosscut saw’s design also allows the saw to cut on both the push and pull stroke.