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Cady Tools 5" Pocket Saw

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Cady Tools
5" Pocket Saw


To some, saws are the quintessential woodworking tool. It is a tool requiring skill to use and in trained hands is amazing to watch. A saw that is well-crafted, and then well-cared for, reflects the skill of those who have handled it and in time can become the most beautiful tool in a craftsman's tool chest. Study the evolutions of the saw and the plane and you will see that while planes gain less ornamentation as time progresses, saw handles continue to change in fashion until the bottom line of manufacturing strips it away during the late 1800s, a time when craftsmanship began to suffer all around.

It is refreshing to see the resurgence of interest in saws that has come about recently. While the tool does not make the man, and a saw is only as good as the hand using it, there is something to the notion that the right tool, in the right hand, can accomplish amazing things. That being said, these saws will not make you cut faster, better, stronger, harder, longer. Using the saw, or better said –utilizing the saw is up to you. Familiarity in the action and execution will deliver the best results and the only way to achieve this is through repetition.

These saw backs are made from folded steel. Early saw backs were made from brass or wrought iron, however it has been impossible to buy wrought iron commercially for over 50 years. Like any modern blacksmith, this manufacturer is very covetous of what he does have, and that is why he uses mild steel. In many ways it is the superior material to both wrought iron and brass. Saw backs are easier to make from brass, and some would say looks better, but the steel is stronger and less likely to be damaged by shop mishaps.

The screws are replicas of the split-nut style machined from brass. It’s easier to machine the screws, and the difference is negligible in that it would not improve the function of the saw anyway.

For the saw handles he likes to use quartersawn hard maple. This is subject to change from batch to batch depending and you can expect other species like beech and walnut to be used occasionally.

The purpose of making small batches opposed to maintaining a dedicated line of saws is to allow variety and give him the opportunity to keep trying new styles. Most of the saws are copies of designs from the late eighteenth and early to mid nineteenth centuries, though he doesn't plan to work himself into a hole. What styles of saws he will explore will depend upon your interests and mine, so please contact him if you have a particular style in mind.

Cady Tool Works:

WOOD magazine review

Pint-size saw with full-size handle and performance

Review Summary

I keep this mini handsaw nearby for cutting small project parts that would be impractical or even dangerous to cut with a power saw. In spite of its stubby length, the handmade Pocket Saw has a full-size, quartersawn hard-maple handle that feels comfortable in my hand. Its durable blade is thicker than most small saws, with 16 teeth per inch and a folded steel back for rigidity. It makes quick work of rips and crosscuts in small workpieces. —John Olson

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