12" Hybrid Saw


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Introducing the 12" Hybrid Saw, a remarkable tool that combines the best of both worlds for woodworking enthusiasts. This versatile saw is a great choice for beginners, and even seasoned experts consider it as one of their primary "go-to" saws for various projects, especially in furniture and cabinetry.

The design and handle of the 12" Hybrid Saw pay homage to the saws fabricated by Henry Disston in the mid-1870s, embracing a rich heritage of craftsmanship. However, this saw is far from a mere replica. It incorporates state-of-the-art alloys and finishes, ensuring exceptional corrosion resistance and longevity. With proper care, this tool is built to last for generations.

At its core, the 12" Hybrid Saw features a thin and precise .02-gauge plate meticulously crafted from the finest Swedish Spring steel. The plate is expertly filed with 14 points per inch, delivering a smooth and rapid cutting action. Whether you are crafting dovetail joints along the grain or executing flawlessly finished crosscuts against the grain, this saw effortlessly rises to the challenge.

The 12" Hybrid Saw serves as an ideal starter tool for those new to the world of hand tools while its exceptional performance and reliability make it a trusted companion that seasoned experts continuously reach for in their unplugged workshops.

  • 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

Back: Traditional folded sawback finished in black-oxide carbon steel, or titanium nitride carbon steel. Read more about this critical component for any backsaw, and why Bad Axe promotes the enduring traditional folded sawback over commonplace static-backed saws that disallow retensioning the toothline with heavy use.

Have you purchased enough brass-backed saws already to know that they just don't age that well? It's a great look, but it doesn't take long for tarnish to set in, and over time a brass-backed saw deforms with hard use, wreaking havoc on your toothline. But it's traditional, right? And conveys a traditional, warm look we all like to see. But form only goes so far before substance sets in. You very seldom see brass-backed saws longer than 12" or 14", because brass just isn't a strong enough an alloy for larger saws. Steel on the other hand presents superior strength and durability. So-we at Bad Axe made the hard choice to phase brass out of our product line, since it's difficult to work with (it has a 'springy' quality to it), doesn't form well, tarnishes, and at the end of the day, just doesn't measure up to carbon steel, which can take a variety of plating’s for aesthetic purposes.

Long a favored finish for high-end firearms, titanium nitride presents stellar corrosion and wear-resistance, Titanium-Nitride hits the sweet spot when it comes to form following function. The tone falls between the look you get between brass and bronze, so it certainly scratches that aesthetic itch you desire. And the cool thing about it? We can apply Titanium Nitride on our largest sawbacks, where the strength and durability of a steel-backed saw is paramount. So, what are you getting for the $75 upcharge? It's obviously not cheap-because it's not a cheap plating process for us to apply. But what you get is corrosion and wear resistance, along with that deep, brass/bronze look that retains its golden luster over time. Give it a shot--this is a drop-dead gorgeous plating that will retain its deep, rich look for the generations to come.

Handle: Modeled after traditional 1876 Disston-pattern open handle. All Bad Axe handles are milled from full-heart quartersawn stock in Cherry, White Oak, Hard Maple and Walnut. Why quartersawn? Though it's the most expensive cut of wood, quartersawn stock mitigates wood movement with seasonal change, which can throw the plate out of true.

Bad Axe sources all handle stock from a family-owned business practicing sustainable lumber harvesting practices, and with whom we've done business from the very beginning. North American hardwoods: beautiful, sustainable, environmentally responsible.

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

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