Bad Axe 12" Hybrid Small Tenon Saw


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  • 14 ppi (Pitch per Inch)
  • Recommended Filing: Hybrid
  • Plate Thickness .02"
  • Kerf of .028"
  • Depth of cut - 2 5/8"
  • Perfect for furniture, cabinetry, bench top off-cuts
  • Great for cutting dovetails, tenons, and general work

Filing Types: Hybrid filing is a term that refers to a filing pattern used to achieve a balance between two primary cutting techniques: rip cuts and crosscuts.

To achieve clean crosscuts, a specific filing pattern is used on the teeth of the saw. This pattern is designed to slice cleanly through the wood fibers, minimizing tearout.

The crosscut pattern is optimized for cutting across the grain and is adept at reducing tearout. However, it may not be the most efficient for ripping cuts along the grain. On the other hand, the rip cut pattern is optimized for ripping along the grain, making it faster for such cuts but not as effective for crosscuts.

Hybrid filing seeks to combine the benefits of both patterns. It's a compromise between the aggressiveness of rip cuts and the cleanliness of crosscuts. The hybrid pattern is designed to provide a good balance, allowing for relatively fast rip cuts while still maintaining cleaner crosscuts compared to pure rip filing.

Folded Sawback: Delve into the craftsmanship behind our traditional folded sawbacks, a hallmark of excellence that sets Bad Axe's saws apart from the rest. Unlike milled static backs commonly found in mainstream offerings, our folded backs embody a heritage of meticulous artistry and functional superiority.

Crafted through time-honored techniques, our folded backs undergo a precise process, resulting in a seamless, robust construction. This method not only enhances the structural integrity of the saw but also allows for dynamic adjustments and retensioning of the toothline, crucial for maintaining optimal cutting performance over time.

In contrast, milled static backs lack the versatility and resilience of our traditional folded backs. Their uniformity limits the ability to adjust tension, rendering them prone to premature wear and diminishing cutting efficiency, especially under rigorous use.

At Bad Axe, we stand by the enduring tradition of folded sawbacks for their unparalleled durability, versatility, and craftsmanship. Each saw embodies a legacy of excellence, meticulously crafted to deliver precision and reliability for generations to come. Experience the difference that traditional folded backs make in the world of woodworking – where precision meets heritage, and craftsmanship knows no compromise.

Handle: Inspired by the timeless design of the 1876 Disston-pattern open handle, each Bad Axe handle is meticulously crafted from full-heart quartersawn stock in a selection of premium hardwoods including Cherry, White Oak, Hard Maple, and Walnut.

Why choose quartersawn wood? Despite being the priciest option, quartersawn stock offers unparalleled stability, minimizing the effects of seasonal wood movement that can compromise the accuracy of the saw plate alignment. At Bad Axe, we prioritize the use of quartersawn wood to ensure the longevity and reliability of our handles. All handles are dipped in natural Watco Danish oil with the exception of Walnut, which is dipped in black walnut Watco, followed by Tripoli and finish buffed with carnuba wax.

Furthermore, we are committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility. All our handle stock is sourced from a trusted family-owned business known for their sustainable lumber harvesting practices. This partnership, established from the inception of Bad Axe, underscores our dedication to supporting North American hardwoods and promoting eco-conscious manufacturing processes.

Check out our hand size chart and measuring graphic in order to get the best fit on your new saw.

Handle Size Length
Extra Small Less than 3 1/8"
Small 3 1/4" - 3 1/2"
Regular 3 5/8" - 3 7/8"
Large 4" - 4 1/4"
Extra Large More than 4-3/8"
  • “Really, this Bad Axe Hybrid Dovetail/Small Tenon saw is the most versatile backsaw I have ever used. The amazing aspect is not only how many tasks it can do, but how well it does them. This is the saw I recommend if you are working with small to moderate size projects and want to own only one backsaw that must be as versatile as possible but that will never be displaced by more specialized backsaws as you expand your tool kit.” -Professional Woodworker and Writer Rob Porcaro, Medfield, MA Heartwood Blog

  • “My Copperhead killer arrived today, and I was reminded how awesome your saws are. It cuts like a hot knife through butter and the handle fits my hand like a glove. Truly a beautiful and capable tool.” Vic Tesolin, Lee Valley Technical Advisor Ontario, Canada, Wood Slivers Blog

  • “I received the 12" Hybrid Dovetail/Small Tenon Saw yesterday and started making cuts last night. Absolutely fantastic! Amazing quality, craftsmanship and the cuts are second to none. This is one good looking saw!” -Gerald Acheson, Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

  • “The saws are extremely good! They cut with such a direct positive action. They feel like an extension of my arm. The handles are a perfect fit, they allow for less grip and more control. Thank you again for making these saws. I will definitely be ordering a third.” -Sculptor Will Self Solihull, United Kingdom

  • “The saw is the shit!!! I was cutting to a 3/4" baseline on some quartersawn white oak that I broke a corner of my Ashley Iles chisel on IN 5 STROKES!!!! Top that off with the versatility offered by the hybrid nature of the saw and I scratch my head on why anyone would buy anything else. Solid dovetail capabilities AND the balls to cut a fairly deep tenon cheek in hard woods. Game over. With respect to the looks of your new saws, I'm equally impressed. Top shelf. Your saws CONSISTENTLY deliver over-the-top results in the hardest woods I toss at them without fail.” -Bran Hayner, Glens Falls, New York

  • “This saw is amazing . . . and I mean that in its literal sense . . . it amazes me the level of refinement and subtle perfection that Bad Axe can build into this saw. I have reached the conclusion that if I were only to have one back saw at my disposal, then this would be that saw. I don't know any other more effective way of describing it. It is smooth, cuts true, and can handle any nature of work you may throw at it. And believe me, in my shop, I throw a lot of things.” -Matt Cianci, Warwick, Rhode Island, The Saw Blog

  • “I got the saw, and it is insanely nice and cuts like a dream. . . I tried it on some one-inch red oak, and it is one great saw! Thank you! But man-ho-man it is a sweet saw! It cut true and fast! I think it will become my go-to DT saw!” -David Gendron, Yukon Territory, Canada