Bad Axe 14" Bayonet Precision Carcase Saw


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  • 14 ppi (Pitch per Inch)
  • Recommended Filing - Hybrid
  • Plate Thickness .018"
  • Kerf of .027"
  • Depth of cut 2 1/16"
  • Perfect for building furniture, cabinets, and general joinery
  • Great for cutting tenons, dados, and long sliding dovetails

Plate: We wanted to make a lean, shallow-backed carcase saw with a 14" toothline for furniture-grade cuts with long-rifle precision, while retaining the robust nature and crisp action for which our saws are known. The .015 plate was too delicate for the kind of comprehensive joinery tasks we had in mind, particularly when making sliding dovetails and dadoes-kink it once through inelegant technique or when encountering some tough stock, and it's toast, just a one-generation tool. And-the .015 plate has practically no heat sink--anything more than a 4/4" cut spanning 3 inches will S-roll the toothline as cut friction heats up the metal.

Then we looked at the .018 plate and got fantastic results by lessening the amount of real estate below the back to enhance rigidity and extending the classic carcase saw's 12" toothline up to 14". The longer, shallower .018 plate spreads the heat generated by cut friction far more efficiently, while remaining significantly tougher than the .015 plate, and, with fewer, more accurate strokes compared to the action of a .02 plate.

The result? No S-roll generated by cut friction. No tapping your foot, waiting to complete the cut. Instead, Bad Axe has produced a rigid, thin, shallow-backed saw fully capable of slicing down 5/4" stock spanning 5" across, with an incredibly positive, deliberate action.

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"
  • "I've used this saw almost every single day since I received it. It's amazing, there's really no other way to describe it. You just can't beat a folded back on a backsaw, it really helps keep the saw safe from damage or abuse. Thanks for what you do, Bad Axe--dovetails and fine joinery around the world are better off because of your saws!" -Jason Thigpen

  • "For joinery applications in furniture and cabinet making, the Stiletto and Bayonet are a deadly combination. The shallow backs and long plate length adds balance and control you simply don't get from deeper saws. Every furniture maker that uses backsaws should consider this duo . . . game changing!!!" -Tom Fidgen

  • "Dovetails to dados I cut all my joinery by hand, and this is where the Bayonet really grabbed my attention. I'm not sure if it's the lower profile to the plate, the 14" length, the hang of the handle, or a combination plus more. A carcass saw to me is more than a finer crosscut. It handles dados, tenon shoulders and sliding dovetails. The Bayonet really feels specifically built with joinery work in mind and I love that." – Derek Olson

  • "For a relatively simple tool, there's a lot going on behind the scenes leaving you to focus 100% on tracking the line. Typically, I'd experiment with a new tool for a few days before it felt instinctive and natural. The Bayonet felt like that from the first cut, and I couldn't put it down. What started out as a series of test cuts and joints turned into two complete projects overnight." -Derek Jones

  • "This goes beyond simple sharpness and is a matter of some very clever design. The shallow saw plate, together with a carefully judged hang angle of the tote, puts your hand much closer to the workpiece. The result is a saw that dives into the work aggressively but with real exactitude, for a high precision cut. It sounds simple, but there is something verging on alchemy with the plate depth and hang angle on this saw." -Kieran Binnie