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Gramercy Tools 12" Bow Saw

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There's been a big revolution in handsaws lately and now everyone knows how wonderful a good saw is if it's done right. However, nearly the whole revival has been with various permutations of backsaws. Well, sometimes you have to cut a curve. That's what a bow saw is for. Now when we say "bow saw" we mean it in the English and American traditional sense - a small frame saw with a narrow blade for curves, piercing, and other intricate work. These differ from the stocky European frame saws used on the continent for cutting just about everything. In the US and in England, where bulkier cutting is historically accomplished with big handsaws, "bow saws" or "turning saws" evolved with thinner, lighter frames, and very narrow blades for cutting tight curves. We went to original historical materials, did a lot of research, and came up with what we think is an optimum design. Our saw looks conspicuously like a 200 year old saw, confirming our long-held suspicions that 18th century craftsmen really knew what they were doing.

Besides the frame, the important thing for a turning saw is having a very narrow blade. Our blades are only about 1/8" wide at their widest. They are also quite thin. The biggest problem we found with recent bow saw incarnations was that their blades, usually culled from band saw stock, were altogether too wide. With our blades you can easily cut a really tight radius. They work like coping saw blades, with a cross-pin to hook them in place, so that you can change a blade easily. If you're doing any pierced work, this is really the way to go.

As you can read in our design document, we chose American Hickory for our saw. It's strong and flexible and makes a lightweight saw that you will find nimble and responsive in use. Even the subtle shape of our toggle makes it very easy to tighten up, even easy to over-tighten, a considerable improvement over stiff modern mechanisms. The Gramercy Tools Bow Saw comes with instructions and an assortment of three 12" long blades: 10, 16, and 24tpi. The maximum depth of cut of the saw is 6".
Made in USA.

Note: If you want to build your own saw the accessories listed below have the parts, full-sized templates and plans are available here.
"Best New Tool - 2006" - Popular Woodworking
Customer Reviews:for an average rating of:
An Outstanding Bow Saw
By: Francisco Luna (Feb, 2024)
I got this saw from the Brookling Store about two years ago. Every time I use this saw I'm so impressed about how smooth and precise this saw is. Excellent results every time. The quality of the frame and the construction details are spotless. A timeless design made by pros.
I own this product.
By: Francisco Luna (Nov, 2021)
Picking up wife at the JFK airport was the right opportunity to swing by this store. I was planning to get the kit to build this saw by myself, but once I had the chance to try the saw and appreciate the amazing quality and craftsmanship, I ended up buying it. This saw is a Master Piece that should be present in every serious fine woodworker tool chest!.. Its my second time visiting this store, and it feels being home, you guys are great!
I own this product.
WOW saw
By: Keith Meisenhelter (Dec, 2018)
Best ever, picked up one saw, and then purchased a kit. really well designed. has done every normal AND weird project I have come up with, again a superior tool.
I own this product.
By: Christopher Blair (Jul, 2018)
Picked up this saw as I don't have a bandsaw at the moment. Thought it would be a bonus to use as a dovetail waste saw. All I can say is wow. It cuts so efficiently. Even with the 24ppi blade you have to be mindful as it cuts so fast. I could have built one of these myself with the kit, but with limited shop time I want to spend time on projects and not tools. The tool is very balanced and beautifully done. So well if given the time and choice, I'd gladly buy the completed saw again. The quality is just next level. Think maybe I need some more Gramercy tools in my life...
I own this product.
Review from Paul Sellers submitted by me
By: Hernan Coronel (Apr, 2017)
Hi, I wanted to point out that Paul Sellers has posted a great review on his blog here: I still don't own this saw but I am sure I will like it when I get it. Thanks, Hernan

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