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This test evaluated 11 Western-style dovetail saws, from $10 to $125. I used each one extensively in cherry, oak, and maple, making cuts with the grain and across it. I observed how fast each saw cut, the ease with which it started a cut, how smooth the saw was throughout the cut, and how well it tracked a line. I also checked the saw’s quality of construction and ergonomics.
The thin blade on the Crown saw is well-supported, and I had no trouble starting a cut. Although the teeth had more set than I like, which made it a bit more difficult to track in the kerf than with the Adria, the saw cut fast and smooth. The closed handle provides ample room for a large hand. The Crown is a no-frills tool, but for the cost-conscious woodworker, I recommend it as the best value among the pistol-grip saws.
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