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Made by a small family-run firm in Wisconsin, Bad Axe saws are crafted from premium materials, with designs modelled after classic late-19th-century American saws. Though finely made, they are anything but delicate, with a heft that permits a powerful stroke.

This versatile carcass saw has a hand-filed, hammer-set Swedish spring-steel blade and a quartersawn white oak handle secured with slotted nuts. The folded back is made of thick carbon steel for rigidity and added mass, finished with the same black-oxide treatment used in firearms to provide lasting protection against corrosion.

It has a 14" long, 0.018" thick blade that cuts a 0.027" kerf with a cut depth of 2 1/16". It weighs 1.2 lb and has an open handle that is set at a moderately low hang angle. The 13 tpi hybrid tooth pattern has 4° of rake and 12.5° of fleam, making it suitable for a wide range of joinery tasks, either with or across the grain.

Impeccably finished, this is a well-made, superbly balanced tool.

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