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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 Lie-Nielsen saw was easy to start and made smooth cuts. Although the saw cut a bit slower than others, its 9-in. length allowed for a longer, more efficient stroke. As with the Adria, it took a bit of time to get used to the hang of the saw, but the saw fit my hand comfortably.
Overall, the Lie-Nielsen is a great saw, with a classic aesthetic, and the company offers factory resharpening services.
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