14" Bayonet Precision Carcase Saw


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Introducing the Bad Axe Bayonet, a formidable tool designed to tackle a wide range of carcase joinery requirements with precision and ease. Measuring 14" in length and featuring a finely filed 14 teeth per inch (ppi) configuration on a thin .018-gauge plate, this saw is ready to take on any challenge you throw its way.

The Bayonet excels in various tasks, including slicing tenon shoulders of all sizes, executing delicate long-span miter cuts, sawing dadoes, cutting rabbets, and crafting long sliding dovetail pins and tails. Its exceptional performance is evident through its ability to accomplish these tasks efficiently, with minimal strokes, enhanced balance, and superior accuracy.

For comprehensive woodworking projects, the Bad Axe Bayonet perfectly complements our 12" Stiletto Dovetail Saw. Together, they provide a complete solution for furniture projects crafted by your own skilled hands. With this powerful combination, you can confidently embark on your woodworking journey, knowing that you have the right tools to achieve remarkable results.

Unleash the full potential of your craftsmanship with the Bad Axe Bayonet and experience the pleasure of working with a tool that effortlessly delivers precision, balance, and accuracy. 

Cold Steel. Sheffield steel. Known by many names over the centuries, the infantryman's bayonet has decided battles from Chamberlain's charge down Little Round Top, to the siege at Rourke's Drift, and the desperate trenches at Ypres--because nothing turns an enemy combatant's bowels into water more effectively than the prospect of getting skewered on the business end of a long rifle presented by a charging infantryman with an attitude and a long point of glistening metal sharpened to a razor's edge.

This historic weapon has inspired Bad Axe's most recent offering, pairing quite nicely with our hugely popular Stiletto dovetail saw: the Bad Axe Bayonet.

  • 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: "What filing should I choose for my new go-to carcase saw?" It depends entirely on your personal woodworking style. While you can't go wrong with this saw in crosscut for making what would be the preponderance of cuts across the grain, I guarantee our Bayonet's performance is enhanced even more when filed in hybrid mode. Why? Think about those long sliding dovetail joints you'll want to make, or making a more robust dovetail altogether in 6/4, even 8/4 stock.. Look at it this way: no one's going to take you out back and beat you up if you decide to cut with the grain for whatever woodworking reason you can cook up. Hybrid-filing gives you a great, positive cut whether with or across the grain with absolutely no sacrifice on the clean finish along the end grain that Bad Axe saws are known for. So--taking off my sawmaker's hat and putting on my woodworker's hat--IMHO, all dedicated crosscut serves to do is slow down your cut. But I'm also a strong believer in doing what best works out for our customers' personal woodworking style as they see fit.

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"
  • "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