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Article: Demystifying the Traditional Backsaw. Download

Article: Demystifying the Traditional Backsaw. Download

Article: Demystifying the Traditional Backsaw. Download

Article: Demystifying the Traditional Backsaw. Download

Article: Demystifying the Traditional Backsaw. Download

Article: Demystifying the Traditional Backsaw. Download

Article: Demystifying the Traditional Backsaw. Download

Article: Demystifying the Traditional Backsaw. Download

Article: Demystifying the Traditional Backsaw. Download

Article: Demystifying the Traditional Backsaw. Download

Article: Demystifying the Traditional Backsaw. Download

Article: Demystifying the Traditional Backsaw. Download

Bad Axe Tool Works makes saws as they would have appeared fresh out of a 19th Century American sawmaker's shop, only you're in the driver's seat when it comes to how you want the saw trimmed out and tuned to your exact requirements.

Put a Bad Axe saw in your arsenal, and find out why hobbyists and experts alike assert that our saws "cut like they're on rails."

What Our Customers Say

What the Pros Say

"I take a deep pride in my suite of Bad Axe Saws. Mark has preserved one of the great art forms that is woven into what makes America a great creative country." Geoff Brandenburg
Truckee, CA
". . . .tracked the line like a bloodhound. Hats off to you, good Sir. You have again exceeded my expectations." Adam Cruea
Odenton, MD
"Just stunning, absolutely impeccable craftsmanship. Disston and Wheeler have nothing on you, Sir. I am further convinced that yours are the finest saws being made!" Robert Bellman
Waverly, IA
"I'm just blown away. These saws track like they are on rails! You truly are an artist, and it's refreshing to see this type of craftsmanship." Johnny Harrell
Boise, ID
"I think my son's reaction to his American Kid sums it up. I gave him the saw and the first thing he said was: Can we go cut some wood? Thanks again, Mark!" Todd McHenry
Chicago, IL
"I received my order today and cannot tell you how in love I am with these bad boys. The quality of cut and feel in your hands cannot be beat. OUTSTANDING!!!" Dan Cuevas
Camp LeJune, NC
"I realize you claim no magic is involved with your filing, but your saws do track like magic lasers. I need to trek to La Crosse for a seminar." Bela Hackman
Memphis, TN
"Of course a problem immediately occurred in that now I have three or four premium saws from other companies up for sale so that I can invest in a couple more Bad Axes. Outstanding, Sir, you make us proud of American craftsmanship." Ted Miller
McDonald, TN
"There will come time, I'm sure, when we will no longer say "razor sharp" to describe how well something cuts. We'll say sharp as a Bad Axe'!" Brian McGeown
Brighton, Australia
"Even my wife, who usually just suffers my woodworking tool enthusiasm, was genuinely impressed with the finish of the cut and the quality of the saw itself." Ethan Anderson
Houston, TX
"I just received the hybrid DT saw and it is absolutely superb. The saw starts well, cuts effortlessly, and leaves a nice cut surface, all the while turning heads when in use." Daniel Koncur
San Diego, CA
". . . holy crap - I thought I knew what sharp was. I was wrong. It turns out the best technique for using it is just to get out of its way." Matt Moore
York, PA
". . . amazing! It came to hand as if I had been using it for 20 years and the handle was perfectly worn to fit only me. No effort on my part to steer the saw or help it cut. Its own well balanced weight and subtle set kept it true in a very quick cut. Effortless is the word that comes to mind." Joe Wilson
Mississauga, Canada
"I just want to tell you how much I appreciate your craftsmanship and I know I am not alone. Your 12” hybrid DT/small tenon saw is the favorite among everyone who uses it; and the newly acquired dovetail saw cuts with such perfection and ease. Your saws are a big hit in my wood shop, which has created a need for another saw." Daniel Koncur
San Diego, CA
"It was the most enjoyable time in my shop in a long time, thanks to your awesome saw. All the reviews are spot on and it is a flawless tool. I'm taking it to our woodworkers club meeting tomorrow to show it off. Thanks for a great product!" Anthony Murphy
Winchester, TN
"All I can say is Wow! I can't believe how easy this saw starts the cut. It tracks straight. I have no excuse for my dovetails not improving now. I'm really happy about the way the handle fits my hand. I feel like I have more control. I just let the saw do the work. Thank you again for such a quality tool that not only performs, but is beautiful to look at as well. Marsha Werman
Cleveland Heights, OH
"You are a true craftsman! When you're gone your work will still be there to remember you by." Tony Marrone
Portland, OR
"Saw looks and cuts great! I've had a couple of decent Japanese saws - they cut fast but I always had trouble with drift and just seeing the line with sawdust always coming back toward the line on the pull stroke. Yours is by far the best saw I've ever owned." TJeff Chernick
Roselle, IL
"Just so you know, the other makes of saws that I have, and had, don't track a line or cut with the same 'feel' as yours do. There's a very deep emotional satisfaction that comes with a hand tool that performs at the peak of it's ability. Your saws give me that feeling!" Rob Crowson
Athens, VT
"I find myself resonating powerfully with my new 12" hybrid DT/tenon saw. The craftsmanship and performance you put into this tool inspires me to reach for excellence in my own work. I am grateful that you are producing tools with soul that I can hand down to my children and their children. Thank you!" Steve Hummel
Bend, OR
"Hi Mark, I received my saw today and immediately cranked out some through dovetails in red oak. It was the most enjoyable time in my shop in a long time thanks to your awesome saw. All the reviews are spot on and it is a flawless tool. I'm taking it to our woodworkers club meeting tomorrow to show it off. Thanks for a great product!" Tony Murphy
Winchester, TN
"My Bad Axe has spoiled me. It fits so well, feels so good, and cuts like a laser . . . to the point I use it for almost everything and seldom pick up my other saws! Now, I just need to get a couple more!" Allen 'Stump' Wilson
Abiliene, TX
"I always thought my substandard sawing was due mostly to my lack of skill, however, since I started using your saw, my accuracy, precision and confidence with hand sawing has improved exponentially!" Dallas Rysavy
Ft. Worth, TX
"Received the saws yesterday in perfect condition (super packing, BTW) and I'm stunned. I only thought I knew what fine tools you create. To hold these is a joy, and the fit of the handles could not be more perfect. I can't thank you enough for your outstanding craftsmanship. Wonderful. !" Sam Blanchard
Sunland, CA
"Brilliant!! I have struggled to find suitable saws for the girls at our school, and know what a difference the right tools make." Susan Johnson
Luthier & woodworking instructor
"Mark is the first sawmaker who has gotten me to put my rip dozuki on the shelf and leave it there." Rob Porcaro
Professional Woodworker and Author
"This is a saw I can use all day. It works with me, not against me. Smooth!" Chris Becksvoort
Professional Wooworker & Contributing Editor
"Bad Axe saws are the absolute standard of quality & function in hand saws today. And damn are they sharp!" Tom Fidgen
The Unplugged Woodshop
"Bad Axe Tool Works has put a lot of effort into making a saw with traditional features that are like no one else's on the market. The result is a saw that both appears and functions like a saw that Henry Disston would have put his own name on." Erik von Sneidern
The Disstonian Institute
"If Bad Axe saws were motorcycles, we think they would be Harley-Davidsons. The craftsmanship on these saws is incredible." Christopher Schwarz
Publisher, Lost Art Press
Why Bad Axe Tool Works?
"Excellence is not optional at Bad Axe. When you purchase one of our saws, you determine what suits your personal aesthetic best, given our broad array of wood species and finishes. Then you'll take delivery on a tool where innovation blends seamlessly with traditional design and a classically hammer-set, razor-sharp toothline tuned in conformance with your personal woodworking style. It is, after all, your saw--the very best you have ever owned. You have my personal guarantee." Mark Harrell
Owner